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June

  • View of a highway from the driver's seat

    First Study Asks Autistic Adults about Driving Experiences

    June 26, 2014

    In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults. As the population of adults with autism continues growing rapidly, the survey provides a first step toward identifying whether this population has unmet needs for educational supports to empower safe driving – a key element of independent functioning in many people’s lives.

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  • You Catch (and Kill) More Flies with This Sweetener…

    June 05, 2014

    In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University have found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener, erythritol, may be an effective and human-safe insecticide.

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  • In the Drexel team's experiments, flies died after an average of 5.8 days when consuming a diet of the sweetener erythritol.

    Drexel Scientists Find Common Sweetener is a Safe Insecticide

    June 04, 2014

    In a study that began as a sixth-grade science fair project, researchers at Drexel University have found that a popular non-nutritive sweetener, erythritol, may be an effective and human-safe insecticide. Erythritol, the main component of the sweetener Truvia®, was toxic to Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies in a dose-dependent manner in the Drexel team’s study, published in PLOS ONE. The flies consumed erythritol when sugar was available and even seemed to prefer it. No other sweeteners tested had these toxic effects.

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