Friday, June 29, 2012
Buckyballs and olive oil
If you're nonplussed at a proposed connection, you're in good company:
Back in April, a group of French and Tunisian researchers published a paper in Biomaterials which came to the astonishing conclusion that buckyballs (carbon tetrachloride) coated in olive oil could dramatically extend the lives of lab rodents. That news was picked up by Derek Lowe’s In the Pipeline blog, on which he expressed some bemusement about the work but ultimately praised it . . .Alas, there seem to be some issues with image processing in the paper, though it hasn't been retracted. Also, many points go to Retraction Watch for using beusement in a way that avoided extra parsing time for me.