Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Scientific Advances - Where Are They Now?

Just found this clipping from a website taken in 2001 - deserves to go in the "wehre are they now?" category doesn't it?

Seaweed Could End Angst for Pimply Teenagers
PARIS (Reuters) -

It's red, smelly, grows in the sea -- and it could spell the end of hours of angst in front of the mirror for teenagers stricken by pimples or dandruff.

A company on a tiny island off western France has stumbled across the special powers of a common seaweed which it says can combat two of the scourges of adolescent life.

``It's not a miracle cure but it can make spots more manageable and less visible,'' said Jean-Yves Moigne, director of cosmetics and nutritional products maker Algue et Mer by telephone from Ile d'Ouessant, off the coast of Brittany.

The seaweed will also hold off dandruff completely with regular use, he told Reuters on Tuesday.
Moigne discovered the cure by accident after he spent weeks shifting tons of the fertile seaweed, and then spent six years developing it.

``One day I was so fed up with it I decided to analyze it to see if it was any use for anything,'' Moigne said. ``We found anti-bacterial molecules...and when we tested it against dandruff and acne we found it was very effective.''

The molecules that nestle inside the tough tendrils of the asparagopsis algae are so potent that 2.2 pounds will make one ton of spot cream, Moigne said.

He said his five-strong company had patented the ingredient in Europe, the United States and Japan and hoped it would hit the market in the second half of next year.

And speaking of technology that may or may not be real, how about these guys: http://www.d-b.net/dti/ hehehe this got a LOT of aggro back in 2001 before people worked out it was bull...

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