ACS in the News

Weekly updates featuring some recent news media coverage of ACS.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC: 23.7 million unique monthly visits)
"The rise of ‘selfie lice.’ (It’s a teen thing.)"
August 31, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

As if you didn't have enough to worry about with the new school year starting, now there's this: "Selfie lice."...A study presented this month at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society showed that all but five samples collected across 30 states appeared to have high resistance to pyrethroids, the active ingredient to in many over-the-counter treatments.

More than 75 media outlets, including The San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego, CA: 510,100 unique monthly visits), WTOP DC (Washington, DC: weekly audience 1.5 million), KNBC 4 NBC (Los Angeles, CA: 1.4 million unique monthly visits), The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, OH: 1.3 million unique monthly visits), FOX 6 Now (Milwaukee, MI: 786,900 unique monthly visits), News Max Health (West Palm Beach, FL: 7.0 million unique monthly visits), Mother Jones (San Francisco, CA: 3.3 million unique monthly visits), The Kingsport Times-News (Kingsport, TN: 317,600 unique monthly visits), WIS10 NBC (Columbia, SC: 312,900 unique monthly visits), The State (Columbia, SC: 854,800 unique monthly visits), KAKE TV (Wichita, KS: 166,100 unique monthly visits), The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, MN: 131,300 unique monthly visits) and The St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, MO: 50,400 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Forbes (New York, NY: 10.1 million unique monthly visits)
"Try Doing One Simple Thing This Afternoon To Give Your Brain A Boost"
August 26, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

If you’re feeling a twinge of midweek fatigue setting in (along with a thickening brain haze), you’ll be interested to know that a simple bio-hack can make a big difference in alertness….A new video from the American Chemical Society called “How to Stay Awake (Without Caffeine)” discusses how a bit of afternoon exposure to bright light triggers the release of a neuropeptide called hypocretin (aka orexin) that promotes alertness.

More than 100 media outlets, including Bustle (New York, NY: 24.2 million unique monthly visits), Metro (London, U.K.: 1.8 million unique monthly visits), CBS DC (Washington, DC: 676,500 unique monthly visits), Medical Daily (New York, NY: 4.8 million unique monthly visits), Philadelphia Magazine (Philadelphia, PA: 877,800 unique monthly visits), CityLab (Washington, DC: 1.1 million unique monthly visits), The Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, DC: 854,500 unique monthly visits) and South China Morning Post (Hong Kong, China: 567,100 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

USA Today (Washington, DC: 27 million unique monthly visits)
"Super lice: What you need to know"
August 24, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Many children head back to school this week amid growing concern about super lice, or populations of the small parasitic bugs that have mutated and are now resistant to traditional over-the-counter treatment….“What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids," Kyong Yoon, a professor at SIUE, said in a statement from the American Chemical Society about the study.

PBS.org (Washington, DC: 5.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Looking for a way to store data for millennia? Try DNA."
August 30, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Scientists have discovered a way of storing vast quantities of information for up to 2,000 years on strands of DNA….“We will show how we can use modern chemical and information engineering tools for the safeguarding of actual digital information in the form of DNA,” the researchers said at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Boston on August 17.

New York Magazine (New York, NY: 6.4 million unique monthly visits)
"How to Stay Awake This Afternoon and Actually Get Some Work Done for Once"
August 24, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

If you, like me, have an afternoon habit of taking a short walk outside to get an iced tea or coffee, there's a reason you feel more alert afterward, and it's not just the caffeine. As a new video from the American Chemical Society points out, research has demonstrated the energy-boosting effects that bright light has on the brain and body, a reaction that may be caused by the neurotransmitter hypocretin, which is released in response to exposure to light.

The Verge (New York, NY: 12.0 million unique monthly visits)
"This material could be used to instantly heal punctures in a spacecraft"
August 29, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Researchers have been working on creating self-healing materials for a while now, and if you look around YouTube, you can find a handful of videos of them in action....The study was published this week in the American Chemical Society's ACS Macro Letters.

More than 50 media outlets, including RT (Russia: 3.7 million unique monthly visits), Business Insider (New York, NY: 3.6 million unique monthly visits), The Economic Times (New Delhi, India: 3.4 million unique monthly visits), Gizmag (Victoria, Australia: 1.9 million unique monthly visits), Food World News (New York, NY: 225,500 unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits), Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits), Engineering and Technology Magazine (U.K.: 63,700 unique monthly visits) and Lab Manager (Ontario, Canada: 21,600 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Lifehacker.com (U.S.: 20.9 million unique monthly visits)
"Dip Tomatoes In Warm Water Before Chilling To Make Them Taste Better"
August 30, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Storing tomatoes in the fridge keeps them from spoiling, but depending on the quality of the tomato and how ripe it is, the tomatoes could suffer in flavour, texture and colour….Plant physiologist Jinhe Bai presented new research at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.

The Boston Globe (Boston, MA: 3.3 million circulation)
"How clean are your greens? Not very"
August 28, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Not very, according to results presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston last week by environmental engineer Nichola Kinsinger, a member of Walker’s lab at the University of California, Riverside.

The Epoch Times (China: 17 million unique monthly visits)
"Mosquito Protection: Alternatives to DEET"
August 29, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Mosquitoes are not only an annoying pest, they are actually the deadliest creature on earth….On Aug. 18, 2015, at the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, researchers presented the first evidence that an essential oil found in this vanilla-scented grass may be the source for the next natural mosquito repellent.

Eight media outlets, including Mother Nature Network (New York, NY: 7.3 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Fortune (New York, NY: 6.4 million unique monthly visits)
"Researchers have created a self-healing material that works in less than one second"
August 27, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Researchers have developed a new material that can heal itself when punctured, according to an American Chemical Society news release.

Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 6.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Forget coffee, CAT VIDEOS are the best way to give your body a boost: Chemists reveal how to stay alert without caffeine"
August 26, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

Most of us have suffered from that mid-afternoon lull when it's a struggle to keep our eyes open and we reach for a cup of coffee….According to the video produced by the American Chemical Society, watching funny videos of cats, while perhaps not the best way to please your boss, can give you a mood boost.

Smithsonian.com (Washington, DC: 4.2 million unique monthly visits)
"Soon, Red Fireworks Might Not Contain Carcinogens Anymore"
August 27, 2015

Fireworks manufacturers won’t have to rely on chemical compounds that contain carcinogens to give their explosives a brilliant red color anymore….Once they are set on fire, however, chlorides can have a nasty side-effect of producing a whole host of chemical compounds that fall back to earth, some of which can cause cancer, Sarah Everts writes for the American Chemical Society.

Medical News Today (Bexhill-on-Sea, U.K.: 10.4 million unique monthly visits)
"Cystic fibrosis: yeast study may address root cause"
August 29, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Yeast is helping to tackle the root cause of cystic fibrosis - a disease that results from faulty ion channels....The study, by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Eight media outlets, including News Medical (Sydney, Australia: 4.3 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Popular Mechanics (New York, NY: 3.7 million unique monthly visits)
"How Your World Works Podcast: How To Use Acid in a Cocktail"
August 28, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

There's a reason a daiquiri tastes good and Long Island iced tea tastes terrible: balance….According to Darcy Gentleman at the American Chemical Society, along with counteracting sugar so that the drink isn't too sweet, acid helps flavors blend in alcoholic drinks.

Tech Times (New York, NY: 5.7 million unique monthly visits)
"Self-Repairing Material Could Help Prevent Disasters On The ISS"
August 27, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Scientists have developed a new material that can quickly heal itself and could be used in space to prevent too much damage when things like debris hit a space station....The article outlining the author's work appeared July 27 in the American Chemical Society journal Macro Letters.

RedOrbit (Dallas, TX: 7.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Is house dust making you fat?"
August 27, 2015

Dusting around the house may be one of those chores you hate to do, but according to two new studies, not dusting could be causing you to get fatter. Published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the new studies found dietary fats found in dust may be telling the human body to slow down its metabolism.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 6.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Waste paper could make summer grilling more environmentally friendly"
August 26, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Summertime is waning, and that means the end of backyard barbecues is almost upon us. That also means an end to dousing charcoal briquettes with lighter fluid….Now, researchers report in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering that they developed a waste-paper-based, environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative.

More than 12 media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 4.3 million unique monthly visits), Science Codex (U.S.: 31,900 unique monthly visits) and Lab Manager (Ontario, Canada: 21,600 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Medical News Today (Bexhill-on-Sea, U.K.: 10.4 million unique monthly visits)
"Ebola may persist in wastewater for at least 8 days"
August 27, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

New research finds that Ebola can survive in detectable concentrations in wastewater for 8 days - a finding that has implications for the disposal of contaminated liquid waste during epidemics and outbreaks. The study, by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University - both in Philadelphia - and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

More than 12 media outlets, including News Medical (Sydney, Australia: 4.3 million unique monthly visits), MD Magazine (Plainsboro, NJ: 51,100 unique monthly visits) and Leadership (Abuja, Nigeria: 26,400 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Business Insider (New York, NY: 3.6 million unique monthly visits)
"A new trend in serving cold brew coffee uses science to make it more delicious"
August 24, 2015

Nate Armbrust, a food scientist at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, Oregon took on a lofty side project in early 2013: Figuring out how to infuse cold brew coffee with tiny bubbles that would make it rich and creamy without sacrificing its flavor….After a few months of playing around with the right balance of bubble infusion, according to Chemical and Engineering News, his nitrogen-infused cold coffee became creamier and richer than regular old cold brew — an instant hit after putting it on tap at his Portland cafe.

Public Radio International (680,300 unique monthly visits)
"Here's why they call this the corpse flower"
August 26, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

A rotten stench has been wafting through a greenhouse at the Denver Botanic Gardens — and visitors are all too eager to breathe it in. Who knows if they’ll ever get a second chance?...The odor that emanates from the flowers is a putrid potpourri of chemicals, explains Todd Brethauer, a science education volunteer at the United States Botanic Garden, in a video produced by the American Chemical Society.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 6.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Glitter from silver lights up Alzheimer's dark secrets"
August 25, 2015

Scientists have caught a glimpse of the elusive toxic form of the Alzheimer's molecule, during its attempt to bore into the outer covering of a cell decoy, using a new method involving laser light and fat-coated silver nano-particles….The findings published in the journal ACS Nano this week by a joint team of researchers from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Science and the University of Toronto, have cracked the problem that has eluded scientists for years, by using a modified version of Raman Spectroscopy.

Nine media outlets, including Times of India (New Delhi, India: 2.9 million unique monthly visits), Scroll.in (India: 167,900 unique monthly visits) and Controlled Environments (Rockaway, NJ: 34,700 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

HNGN (1.9 million unique monthly visits)
"Cat Science: Questions You May Have About Your Feline That Are Answered By Science"
August 28, 2015

If you're planning on getting a cat or if you're a first-time cat owner, you may have noticed that these animals have a lot of quirks and odd behaviors….Catnip belongs to a family of herbs similar to oregano and spearmint, according to the American Chemical Society.

Sci-News.com (261,600 unique monthly visits)
"Beta-Carbolines Could Reduce Alcoholics’ Impulse to Drink"
August 24. 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

A new animal study is offering hope that a class of compounds called beta-carbolines could treat alcoholism without many of the unwanted side effects caused by current therapies….The scientists reported their results August 19 at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Boston, MA.

The Bulletin (Bend, OR: 131,500 unique monthly visits)
"Thirsty? Take a page of this ‘drinkable’ book"
August 30, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the world gain access to clean drinking water? … In the works since 2008 while Dankovich was a doctoral student at McGill University in Montreal, the book generated buzz and national and international publicity at the American Chemical Society meeting in Boston last week.

Nine media outlets, including The Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR: 63,000 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Chemistry World (London, U.K.: 156,000 unique monthly visits)
"Alternative nutraceutical delivery method proposed"
August 25, 2015

Manufacturers are keen to push more nutrients into processed foods, and nutraceuticals promise forgiveness for the sins of a bad diet – with iron and calcium in breakfast cereal, plant sterols in cookies, and vitamins in soda….Speaking on 18 August at the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) national meeting in Boston, US, Huang proposed an alternative approach for encapsulating and delivering nutraceuticals using particle-stabilised Pickering emulsions in place of the surfactant stabilised materials.

… TV and Radio News

KOTV (CBS) (Tulsa, OK: Local Viewership 61,954)
"How to stay awake without caffeine"
August 27, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

[Transcript] ... they say they spend more than six hours a day checking work and personal e-mails. That cup of coffee isn't cutting it in the morning to get you a jolt? Try YouTube. The American Chemical Society coming up with ways to stay awake without using caffeine and topping the list, viral cat videos. Researchers say these videos help release oxytocin in the brain and that lowers certain levels making it easier to concentrate. Cat videos, Alan. Put down the coffee and go to your computer.

More than 50 media outlets, including WKYC-CLE (NBC) (Cleveland, OH: Local Viewership 45,987), WESH-ORD (NBC) (Orlando, FL: Local Viewership 36,545), KNTV-SF (NBC) (San Francisco, CA: Local Viewership 28,710), KWTV-OKC (CBS) (Oklahoma City, OK: Local Viewership 14,917), WFXB (FOX) (Myrtle Beach, SC: Local Viewership 14,851), WOAI-SAT (NBC) (San Antonio, TX: Local Viewership 13,583), KTVK-PHX (Phoenix, AZ: Local Viewership 13,196), KGMI News/Talk 790 (Seattle, WA) and KTRS-AM (St. Louis, MO) covered the story.

WITI-MILW (FOX) (Milwaukee, WI: Local Viewership 48,147)
"Lice in at least 25 states show resistance to common treatments"
August 28, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

[Transcript] ...lotions and then there are pills that are insecticides that really treat the lice and kill them but what’s most concerning for some, is that according to the American Chemical Society, there has been a mutation in lice populations in at least 25 states including Wisconsin. it is fairly common bacteria continually adapt and become resistant to our antibiotics although the little crawlers seem to be creepy and a nuisance, Dr. hartlaub says dont panic, instead try to focus on preven and mitigation.

More than 50 media outlets, including WJHG (NBC) ( Panama City, FL: Local Viewership 19,790), KSWO (ABC) (Wichita Falls, TX: Local Viewership 15,889), WIS - COL (NBC) (Columbia, SC: Local Viewership 13,930), KSWO (ABC) (Wichita Falls, TX: Local Viewership 11,563), WLFI (CBS) (Lafayette, IN: Local Viewership 10,158), WJET (ABC) (Erie, PA: Local Viewership 9,046) and WWJ-AM (Detroit, MI) covered the story.

… From the Blogs

Global News Connect
"Clinical trials of dogs with cancer could lead to better treatments for humans"
August 30, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Dogs get cancer, too. And they have even fewer diagnosis options than their tellurian owners do. But an essay in Chemical Engineering News (CEN), a weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, offers a spark of hope. It explores how clinical trials on man’s best crony could be a win-win for both dogs and people.

Cystic Fibrosis News Today
"New Cystic Fibrosis Research Focused on Small Molecules Interaction with Yeast"
August 27, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Treating the root cause of cystic fibrosis, rather than just the symptoms, may be an ideal approach to improving patient outcomes for people with the disease. … According to a news release from the Journal of the American Chemical Society, which published Dr. Burke’s article, cystic fibrosis is caused by a genetic mutation that affects certain cellular proteins that make up “channels,” which act like gates managing the flow of ions in and out of cells.

Engineering Materials
"Self-healing material could plug holes in spacecraft"
August 27, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

The International Space Station, is equipped with 'bumpers' that vaporise debris before it can hit the station walls, and is the most heavily-shielded spacecraft ever flown, according to NASA. But should the bumpers fail, a wall breach would allow air to gush out of astronauts' living quarters. Researchers with the American Chemical Society, led by Timothy F. Scott, have developed a self-healing material by sandwiching a reactive liquid in between two layers of a solid polymer.

Breaking news from ACS’ 250th National Meeting

NPR (Washington, DC: 131 million unique monthly visits)
"If You Spill Water On This Book, That's A Good Thing"
August 19, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

It looks like a regular hardcover book, though in an eye-catching shade of orange with an even catchier title: The Drinkable Book….At the national meeting of the American Chemical Society this week, the book's developer, Theresa Dankovich, described field trials in Africa and Bangladesh.

More than 25 media outlets, including The Telegraph (London, U.K.: 20.1 million unique monthly visits), Metro (London, U.K.: 1.8 million unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits), The Star (Sheffield, U.K.: 70,100), Express & Star (Wolverhampton, U.K.: 53,000) and Science Recorder (51,200 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Voice of America News (Washington, DC: weekly audience 123 million)
"US School Kids Face Battle With Drug-resistant Head Lice"
August 21, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

As U.S. children get ready to return to school, health authorities warn of a new strain of head lice that is resistant to conventional chemical treatment….A new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society this week in Boston suggests that lice populations in at least 25 states have built up tolerance to pyrethroid, an insecticide contained in standard lice-treating products.

More than 100 media outlets, including Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL: 6.8 million unique monthly visits), Bustle (New York, NY: 24.2 million unique monthly visits), Popsugar (San Francisco, CA: 9.5 million unique monthly visits), Tech Times (New York, NY: 5.7 million unique monthly visits), Upworthy (U.S.: 5.3 million unique monthly visits), Patch (U.S.: 4.3 million unique monthly visits), Boston.com (Boston, MA: 2.8 million unique monthly visits), NBC New York (New York, NY: 1.9 million unique monthly visits), CBS Boston (Boston, MA: 774,100 unique monthly visits), CBS Charlotte (Charlotte, NC: 399,900 unique monthly visits), FOX Boston (Boston, MA: 327,500 unique monthly visits), CBS Roanoke (Roanoke, VA: 198,700 unique monthly visits), ABC Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN: 154,300 unique monthly visits), CBS Albany (Albany, NY: 96,500 unique monthly visits) and Science Recorder (51,200 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

BBC News (London, U.K.: 55 million unique monthly visits)
"New probe 'lights up' blood clots in single scan"
August 19, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

A new probe that sticks to blood clots so they can be seen in a PET scan has proved successful in rats - and will be tested in humans later this year, according to researchers in the US….Speaking at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, the scientists said that if human trials were similarly successful, the technique could be available within a few years.

More than 25 media outlets, including Medical News Today (Bexhill-on-Sea, U.K.: 10.4 million unique monthly visits), DNAindia.com (India: 541,100 unique monthly visits), Z News (India: 312,900 unique monthly visits), The Health Site  (Mumbai, India: 184,600 unique monthly visits), Clapway (160,300 unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits) and Focus News (India: 52,500 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Yahoo! Health (Sunnyvale, CA: 110 million unique monthly visits)
"How Clean Is Your Pre-Washed Spinach? Probably Not As Clean As You'd Like"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Labels like “thoroughly washed” and “triple washed” make us feel comfortable chowing down on pre-washed baby spinach straight from the container….The findings were presented Wednesday at the American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition.

More than 50 media outlets, including Times of India (New Delhi, India: 2.9 million unique monthly visits), Newser (U.S.: 1.8 million unique monthly visits), NDTV (New Delhi, India: 537,000 unique monthly visits), Z News (India: 312,900 unique monthly visits), Business Standard (India: 101,500 unique monthly visits) and The Statesman (Kolkata, India: 21,700 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

BBC News (London, U.K.: 55 million unique monthly visits)
"Carbon nanofibres made from CO2 in the air"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material…."Until now, carbon nanofibres have been too expensive for many applications," he told journalists at the autumn meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

More than 125 media outlets, including Wired (San Francisco, CA: 5.7 million unique monthly visits), Gizmodo (U.S.: 27.7 million unique monthly visits), International Business Times (U.K.: 10.4 million unique monthly visits), Inquisitr (U.S.: 27.7 million unique monthly visits), Science Magazine (Washington, DC: 585,200 unique monthly visits), Tech Times (New York, NY: 5.7 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 4.3 million unique monthly visits), Engadget (U.S.: 4.0 million unique monthly visits), Business Insider (New York, NY: 3.6 million unique monthly visits), The Oregonian (Portland, OR: 2.9 million unique monthly visits), Gizmag (Victoria, Australia: 1.9 million unique monthly visits), HNGN (1.9 million unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits), Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits), Science Recorder (51,200 unique monthly visits), The Daily Star (Dhaka, Bangladesh: 50,100 unique monthly visits) and National Monitor (Oakton, VA: 35,700 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

ABC News (New York, NY: 21 million unique monthly visits)
"Health Lice With Drug-Resistant Mutations Found to Be Widespread in US, But Experts Say Don't Panic"
August 19, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Researchers say they have found what every parent fears before the start of the school year: mutated lice that may be resistant to common treatments….Kyong Yoon, an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, and John Marshall Clark, director of the Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory and professor at the University of Massachusetts, presented preliminary findings from their study on mutant lice at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Boston on Tuesday.

The Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA: 7.8 million unique monthly visits)
"'Diamonds from the sky': Scientists spin wonder materials from thin air"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Reducing the greenhouse emissions has been an international goal for years, but now scientists have a solution about the carbon dioxide that is already in the atmosphere: They want to turn them into nanofibers….“Rather than an attempt to survive the climate change consequences of flooding, wildfires, starvation, economic disruption, human death, and species extinction, we must mitigate the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide,” Dr. Licht said in a press conference Wednesday at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

The Boston Globe (Boston, MA: 3.3 million circulation)
"One scan to detect clots could replace many"
August 19, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

A blood clot in the body can set off life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack, a stroke, or deep vein thrombosis, to name a few....Caravan presented his team’s findings at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, which wrapped up in Boston Wednesday.

U.S. News & World Report (New York, NY: 28.7 million unique monthly visits)
"Health Buzz: Super Lice Hit 25 States"
August 19, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Kids aren't the only ones learning a lesson in school this year…."We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the U.S.," researcher Kyong Yoon of Southern Illinois University said in an American Chemical Society press release.  

Smithsonian.com (Washington, DC: 4.2 million unique monthly visits)
"Ancient Diamonds Came From Seawater and Future Diamonds Might Come From The Air"
August 21, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

They may not be fit for a ring, but microscopic diamonds found in a mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories could be the key to uncovering how the stones form….In a new study published in the journal Nano Letters, the researchers say they have extracted carbon nanofibers from carbon dioxide through an electrochemical process.

WTOP-DC (Washington, DC: weekly audience 1.5 million)
"Study: Ornamental grass could offer protection from mosquito bites"
August 19, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

A native North American grass long used for basket weaving and thought to keep bugs at bay could be the source for the next generation of insect spray. New government research finds that chemicals in the oils of sweetgrass are just as effective at repelling mosquitoes as DEET, the standard component of most topical bug sprays, according to the American Chemical Society.

More than 22 media outlets, including CBS Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN: 1.0 million unique monthly visits), Money Talks News (New York, NY: 443,800 unique monthly visits) and Emax Health (Hickory, NC: 87,700 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

USA Today High School Sports (U.S.: 307,200 unique monthly visits)
"Color of concussions?: Penn researchers develop crystal that changes color, could help diagnosis"
August 21, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say they have developed a color-changing polymer that can detect the amount of force sustained and hope to implement the material into football helmets to help provide a visual aid to diagnose concussions. The researchers presented their findings at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Boston this week, according to Science Daily. Researcher Shu Yang says a patch on helmets that changes color and is force responsive would help athletic trainers, coaches and players.

Eight media outlets, including R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Newser (U.S.: 1.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Scientists: We Can Make a Store-Bought Tomato Tastier"
August 21, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Researchers for the US Department of Agriculture believe they've found an inexpensive way to make store-bought tomatoes taste better (other than slapping them between mozzarella and basil, of course)....The findings were presented to the American Chemical Society Wednesday.

More than 35 media outlets, including Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL: 6.8 million unique monthly visits), Smithsonian.com (Washington, DC: 4.2 million unique monthly visits), CityLab (U.S.: 1.1 million unique monthly visits), UPI (Washington, DC: 972,800 unique monthly visits) and R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits)  covered the story.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA: 1.3 million unique monthly visits)
"For clean water, take a page from Carnegie Mellon researcher’s book"
August 22, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the globe gain access to clean drinking water?...In the works since 2008 while Ms. Dankovich was a doctoral student at McGill University in Montreal, the book generated buzz and national and international publicity at the American Chemical Society meeting in Boston earlier this week.

Consumer Affairs (Lake Tahoe, NV: 978,200 unique monthly visits)
"How clean is that triple-washed spinach?"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Ever wonder about those packs of "pre-washed" and "tripled-washed" salads? What does it mean to say a pack of spinach, for example, has been triple-washed….Kinsinger will present her research on August 19 at the 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition.

Medical Daily (New York, NY: 4.8 million unique monthly visits)
"New Pill Might Reduce Cravings, Depression In Alcoholics With Little Side Effects"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Alcoholism can be difficult to beat, and it’s often more complicated to treat than other physical disorders. But new research presented at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) offers hope to those who wish to take medication to help treat the disorder.

More than 40 media outlets, including Laboratory Equipment (Rockaway, NJ: 685,600 unique monthly visits), Z News (India: 312,900 unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits), Business Standard (India: 101,500 unique monthly visits), Focus News (India: 52,500 unique monthly visits), The Hans India (Hyderabad, India: 26,800 unique monthly visits) and Chem.Info (Rockaway, NJ: 18,500 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Design & Trend (New York, NY: 1.0 million unique monthly visits)
"Hard Drive Of The Future: Storing Data On DNA Strands"
August 23, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Researchers have come a step closer to developing a technology with the ability to safely store data for thousands of years….A team of researchers demonstrated to a meeting of the American Chemical Society that they had been able to encapsulate information on DNA that endured the equivalent of 2,000 years in storage.

Six media outlets, including R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits)
"Glass Paint Chills Metal in the Sun"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Imagine you’re back in elementary school. Upon hearing the recess bell, you leave your pencils and books, and rush outside to the alluring glint of the playground in the sunlight….He presented his research at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

MedGadget (U.S.: 89,000 unique monthly visits)
"Cheap Paper Test to Screen Patients for Ebola, Yellow Fever, Dengue"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

At the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society this week, researchers from MIT, Harvard Med School, and the FDA are showing off a new field test that can quickly screen people for Ebola, yellow fever, and dengue.

Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits)
"A thin ribbon of flexible electronics can monitor health, infrastructure"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

A new world of flexible, bendable, even stretchable electronics is emerging from research labs to address a wide range of potentially game-changing uses….Researchers will provide an update on the latest technologies, as well as future research plans, at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

… TV and Radio News

NPR (Washington, DC: 32.7 million weekly listeners)
"Better-tasting grocery store tomatoes could soon be on their way"
August 18, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release
[Transcript] … told at the meeting of the American Chemical Society. He has found that if the tomatoes are given what amounts to a hot bath while they are still green and before they are chilled, they will keep more of the 13 aroma components that give them their flavor. …

BBC Radio 4 (U.K.: audience 3,280,000)
"Urban grime releases air pollutant when exposed to sunlight"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

[Transcript]  ...could be the grime is the missing sauce could be really important link the people who were modelling and put it in forecasting a hot air quality of the time pick a Jonathan work thank you very much indeed for joining us from that American Chemical Society meeting in Boston in the United States.

WSB-ATL (ABC) (Atlanta, GA: local viewership 207,500)
"Lice in at least 25 states show resistance to common treatments"
August 19, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

[Transcript] ...Now parents have more questions after the American Chemical Society says head lice are becoming resistant to the insecticide used to kill them. Lice in 25 states have a gene that imparts resistance to the most commonly used over the counter lice treatment.

More than 175 media outlets, including WNYW-NY (FOX) (New York, NY: local viewership 171,500), WAGA-ATL (FOX) (Atlanta, GA: local viewership 138,600), KATV (ABC) (Little Rock, AR: local viewership 94,200), WNBC-NY (NBC) (New York, NY: local viewership 74,900), KPNX-PHX (NBC) (Phoenix, AZ: local viewership 63,100), KFVS (CBS) (Paducah, KY: local viewership 45,000), WSPA (CBS) (Greenville, SC: local viewership 43,400), WSYX-CBO (ABC) (Columbus, OH: local viewership 33,600), WSIL (ABC) (Paducah, KY: local viewership 32,300), WKBW-BUF (ABC) (Buffalo, NY: local viewership 32,000), WTTG-DC (FOX) (Washington, DC: local viewership 30,400), WJBF (ABC) (Augusta, GA: local viewership 28,900), WDBJ (CBS) (Roanoke, VA: local viewership 28,000), KOKI (FOX) (Tulsa, OK: local viewership 25,100), WSJV (FOX) (South Bend, IN: local viewership 20,600), WCIV-CHS (ABC) (Charleston, SC: local viewership 17,000), WTVM (ABC) (Columbus, GA: local viewership 16,200) and WJET (ABC) (Erie, PA: local viewership 5,900) covered the story.

BBC Radio 5 Live (U.K.: audience 2,035,000)
"Color-changing polymer may signal traumatic brain injuries in soldiers, athletes"
August 22, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

[Transcript] ...so that's a long way to go to demonstrate how we actually using those are the latest images indicate how much damage the brain has received. Shu Yang from the University of Pennsylvania and her work is presented at the American Chemical Society annual meeting earlier this week.

… From the Blogs

EndoNurse
"Powdered Cranberry Combats Colon Cancer in Mice"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Cranberries are often touted as a way to protect against urinary tract infections, but that may be just the beginning….The team described their approach in one of more than 9,000 presentations at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Laser Focus World
"Phosphors for white-light LEDs have no rare-earth materials"
August 21, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

Researchers at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) have created a white-light LED using a phosphor that does not contain any rare-earth materials, thus reducing the cost of the LED and eliminating reliance on the rare-earth materials, which are in limited supply and whose production is controlled mostly by a very few countries….The scientists discussed their research at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) held August 16-20, 2015 in Boston, MA.

Food Dive
"New wash for leafy greens could better prevent foodborne illness"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting news release

To reduce the risk of cross-contamination and foodborne illness in spinach and other leafy greens, scientists "are optimizing an inexpensive titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalyst that companies could add to the rinse water or use to coat equipment surfaces that come into contact with the leaves as they are processed. When TiO2 absorbs light, it produces a strong oxidant that kills bacteria," according to the American Chemical Society.

…IN OTHER NEWS

Huffington Post (New York, NY: 76.9 million unique monthly visits)
"The Climate Post: EPA Targets Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Operations"
August 20, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

On Tuesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another step to make good on the Obama administration's pledge to limit U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent by 2025 by proposing the first methane emissions rules for the nation's oil and gas industry….A study conducted by scientists at Colorado State University and published in Environmental Science & Technology, quantifies emissions from thousands of gathering facilities, which consolidate gas from wells and feed it into processing plants or pipelines.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC: 23.7 million unique monthly visits)
"The mind-blowing science of how Febreze hides your smelliness"
August 17, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

"Odor neutralizing" sprays like Febreze make claims that sound too good to be true. But those promises of disappearing odors are actually backed up by some pretty astounding chemistry. The latest video in the American Chemical Society's Reactions series takes a close look at the sprays that let you pretend you actually clean your house.

The New York Times (New York, NY: 21.3 million unique monthly visits)
"Methane Leaks in Natural-Gas Supply Chain Far Exceed Estimates, Study Says"
August 18, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

A little-noted portion of the chain of pipelines and equipment that brings natural gas from the field into power plants and homes is responsible for a surprising amount of methane emissions, according to a study published on Tuesday. Natural-gas gathering facilities, which collect from multiple wells, lose about 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas a year, about eight times as much as estimates used by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the study, which appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

More than 75 media outlets, including International Business Times (U.K.: 10.4 million unique monthly visits), Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX: 2.7 million unique monthly visits), Science Magazine (Washington, DC: 585,200 unique monthly visits) and San Antonio Express-News (San Antonio, TX: 334,400 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA: 1.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Breast-Feeding May Pass Common Chemical to Baby, Study Shows"
August 21, 2015

New mothers may inadvertently pass industrial chemicals along to their babies through breast-feeding, which might lower the effectiveness of some childhood vaccinations, researchers report....The study was published online Aug. 20 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

More than 95 media outlets, including Huffington Post (New York, NY: 76.9 million unique monthly visits), International Business Times (U.K.: 10.4 million unique monthly visits), Forbes (New York, NY: 10.1 million unique monthly visits), Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 6.6 million unique monthly visits), LiveScience (New York, NY: 3.4 million unique monthly visits), The Australian (Sydney, Australia: 534,200 unique monthly visits) and Techie News (India: 34,300 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC: 23.7 million unique monthly visits)
"The limits of Obama’s new rules on pollution"
August 18, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

THE OBAMA administration released new pollution rules on oil and natural gas production Tuesday to predictable howls from industry….The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that previous EPA estimates of leakage rates from natural gas collection and processing facilities were far too low.

Lifehacker.com (U.S.: 20.9 million unique monthly visits)
"The Five Stages of Grief After Losing a Job"
August 20, 2015

It was a Saturday, my plane landed, and I was all set to relax during a short weekend getaway, when an email came through on my phone….A paper from the American Chemical Society explains the purpose of denial: Denial functions as a buffer, initially protecting you from strong emotions, such as anger, and allowing you to continue functioning. If you anticipated your termination, you may feel relief at no longer having to work under stressful conditions.

Discovery News (Silver Spring, MD: 11.5 million unique monthly visits)
"Millions of Americans' Water Supply Contaminated by Uranium"
August 20. 2015

Groundwater in two of the nation’s major aquifers is contaminated with natural uranium that may pose a health risk to millions of people in the Great Plains and California, according to a new study. … The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters, also found that human activity is largely to blame.

More than 12 media outlets, including Tech Times (New York, NY: 5.7 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 6.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Does Febreze really banish bad odours? Air freshening molecules form a cage to trap smelly compounds, making them 'invisible' to your nose"
August 18, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

Adverts for cleaning products are notorious for making claims that are probably best taken with a pinch of salt….A video released by the American Chemical Society explains how odour neutralising sprays actually work.

Boston Globe (Boston, MA: circulation 3.3 million)
"At long last, we know how the firefly glows"
August 19, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

The quest to understand how fireflies produce light began in very public fashion….The results were published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in June.

WGRZ-BUF (NBC) (Buffalo, NY: local viewership 20,500)
"A new piece in the ‘French paradox’ puzzle — cheese metabolism"
August 18, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

[Transcript] ...life is worth living again. Cheese is good for us. A new study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry suggests the reason French live long healthy lives are because they eat a lot of cheese. The researchers actually found people who ate cheese had higher levels of a compound linked to reduced obesity and cholesterol and higher metabolism, but the French complaint aren’t eating processed cheese slices. The type that gives the best results is molded cheeses. In fact in previous research, Roquefort has been shown to help guard against heart disease. So load up on cheese.

More than 45 media outlets, including WTOK (ABC) (Meridian, MS: local viewership 20,400), WRAZ-RAL (FOX) (Raleigh, NC: local viewership 10,900), WDIV-DET (NBC) (Detroit, MI: local viewership 9,100), WLNY (New York, NY: local viewership 9,000), KOFY-SF (San Francisco, CA: local viewership 5,100), New England Cable News (Boston, MA: local viewership 3,900) and WBKPDT (CW) (Marquette, MI) covered the story.

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