New Edible Films to Preserve Bread for Longer
   2014-06-06 20:52:41    Xinhua      Web Editor: һ



Zhejiang to Have Job Fair in Shanghai

Zhejiang province will have a large-scale job fair in Shanghai this week.

Authorities hope to find talented professionals to meet the province's future development needs.

More than 230 companies and units in the province will participate in the event, offering more than 4,500 jobs.

Bonuses and benefit packages including children's study costs, housing allowances and assistance with other family-related issues will be provided as well as competitive salaries.

In recent years, the province has been actively working on its economic development.

It is estimated that by 2015, the province will need more than 1 million skilled professionals.


Netizens Gobble up Watermelon Micro Blog

A government agency that uses a micro blog to help farmers sell watermelons has become an Internet sensation.

The Office for Watermelon Sales Services in Zhengzhou, Henan province, opened its micro blog on Sina Weibo at the end of last month.

It is arguably the only government agency in China that exclusively handles watermelon sales affairs.

It says the office named its account "Watermelon Office" because it is simple and easy to remember.

But the name immediately aroused curiosity among internet users, many of whom said they had never heard of such a government department handling only watermelon affairs.

By Thursday, the micro blog had attracted more than 22 thousand followers.


Fasting for Three Days can Regenerate Entire Immune System

Scientists say fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly.

Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.

The researchers say fasting "flips a regenerative switch" which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.


New Edible Films to Preserve Bread for Longer

Scientists have developed new edible films which could keep bread fresher for longer than commercial additives.

The edible films are infused with essential oils from clove and oregano.

Essential oils have boomed in popularity as more people seek out alternatives to replace their synthetic cleaning products, anti-mosquito sprays and medicines.

Now scientists are tapping them as candidates to preserve food in a more consumer-friendly way.

Bread is often kept fresh with calcium propionate. Though naturally occurring, some research suggesting negative side effects have tarnished its popularity.

The scientists bought preservative-free bread and placed slices in plastic bags with or without essential oil-infused edible films.

To some slices, they added a commercial preservative containing calcium propionate. After 10 days, the latter additive lost its effectiveness, but the edible films made with small droplets of the oils continued to slow mold growth.


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