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Oct 23, 2007 | 09:08 AM CDT

Dung-Derived Vanillin Awarded

Improbable Research, which celebrates quirky scientific inquiry, has awarded its chemistry Ig Nobel honor to Mayu Yamamoto (working at the International Medical Center of Japan in cooperation with Sekisui Chemical) for her work in extracting vanillin from cow dung.

Sep 11, 2007 | 03:14 PM CDT

Chinese Menthol Threatened in 08?

According to a new report issued by Cameron & Stuart Inc., 25-30% of India's cornmint crop has been lost to flooding, setting off a chain reaction of events that will affect Chinese menthol delivery in 2008.