ACS in the News

Weekly updates featuring some recent news media coverage of ACS.

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.

The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY: 3.5 million unique monthly visits)
"For Natural Sunblock Breakthrough, Scientists Look to Fish"
August 10, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Scientists have developed a powerful new sun-blocking material derived from natural protective agents that evolved in fish living off Australia’s sunbaked coast….The development, reported recently in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials & Interfaces, could lead to new sun creams made of all natural ingredients and to coatings that protect products from degrading in sunlight, such as outdoor furniture and car dashboards, Dr. Bulone said.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC: 23.7 million unique monthly visits)
"The science behind the powers in ‘Fantastic Four’"
August 6, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

In the latest "Fantastic Four" reboot, the superheroes get their power in a radical new way….In the latest episode of the American Chemical Society's Reactions series, you can find out just how un-super the radiation plot lines of classic comics really are.

More than 13 media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 4.3 million unique monthly visits) and Softpedia (2.7 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA: 1.8 million unique monthly visits)
"How do optical illusions work?"
August 4, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

These are two identical, straight lines. Kind of boring, right? But what happens when you change what’s going on around them? All of a sudden, the lines look like they’ve changed size in relation to each other; they could shrink and grow; they might change to different shades; they may stretch and compress; and they could bend, buckle, or even change directions.

More than 15 media outlets, including Mirror (London, U.K.: 1.2 million unique monthly visits), Softpedia (2.7 million unique monthly visits) and Laboratory Equipment (Rockaway, NJ: 685,600 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 6.8 million unique monthly visits)
"How to tell the difference between bipolar disorder, depression"
August 5, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Many patients with bipolar disorder, a debilitating mental condition that can take a person from the sluggishness of severe depression to super-human energy levels, are often misdiagnosed as having major depressive disorder, or MDD….Their method appears in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research.

More than 12 media outlets, including Psych Central (Newburyport, MA: 2.5 million unique monthly visits) and R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC: 23.7 million unique monthly visits)
"Why does coffee make you...'go'?"
August 10, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

For some people, coffee brings on more than just a caffeine buzz. The latest video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series tackles its effects on our insides with science. So, yeah. About 30 percent of humans feel the need to defecate after drinking their morning joe. If you're one of that lucky three out of 10, you've probably wondered what's up with that.

Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 6.6 million unique monthly visits)
"The science behind optical illusions: Video reveals how easy it is to fool our brains using simple tricks"
August 7, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

Our eyes tend to skim over information and our brains often jump to conclusions….A new video, which is a collaboration between the American Chemical Society and Inside Science TV, explains the science behind this visual trickery.

New Scientist (London, U.K.: 3 million unique monthly visits)
"Mix fish secretions with shrimp shells to make super sunscreen"
August 5, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

SLAP on the fish slime, the sun’s out. A substance made from fish mucus and shrimp shells may make a good natural sunscreen. Chitosan is soluble, so fluid containing it can be applied to skin (ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, doi.org/6kd).

Medical Daily (New York, NY: 4.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Simple Urine Test May Help Differentiate Between Bipolar Disorder And Depression Via Biomarkers"
August 6, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Diagnosis of mental illness is an entirely different animal than diagnosing a physical one….Source: Peng X, et al. Divergent Urinary Metabolic Phenotypes Between Major Depressive Disorder And Bipolar Disorder Identified By A Combined GC-MS And NMR Spectroscopic Metabonomic Approach. Journal of Proteome Research. 2015.

Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 4.3 million unique monthly visits)
"Recreating alchemical and other ancient recipes shows scientists of old were quite clever"
August 5, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

From "dragon's blood" to slippery elm root, coded and obscure ingredients of ancient recipes are getting a second look today not by Harry Potter fans, but by historians who want to experience science as it was practiced centuries ago. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explores some of the intriguing discoveries these recent efforts have yielded and the unexpected questions they raise.

Four media outlets, including e! Science News (Quebec, Canada: 82,000 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC: 23.7 million unique monthly visits)
"Are strawberries going away?"
August 4, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

An expiring federal pesticide exemption could have major consequences for U.S. strawberry crops. In the latest "Speaking of Chemistry," Chemical and Engineering News explains the policy history and the scientific challenges of protecting the strawberries.

Nine media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 4.3 million unique monthly visits) and Business Insider (New York, NY: 3.6 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 6.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Could humans soon have superpowers like the Fantastic Four? Lockheed Martin reveals how we could one day gain invisibility and super-stretchiness"
August 6, 2015
Publicized in: OPA news release

They are a team of comic book heroes imbued with superpowers after being exposed to a powerful dose of cosmic radiation....In a recent video for the American Chemical Society, Dr Dan Claes, a scientist at University of Nebraska Lincoln said: 'We've about 75 trillion cells in our body.’

Yale News (New Haven, CT: 2 million unique monthly visits)
"Research in the news: Understanding the firefly’s glow"
August 3, 2015
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Now we know how fireflies get their glow going….Brudvig is co-author of a study detailing the discovery in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Six media outlets, including R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits) and Science Blog (65,600 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Consumer Affairs (Lake Tahoe, NV: 978,200 unique monthly visits)
"Study looks for ways to reduce melamine exposure"
August 6, 2015
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Melamine plates and bowls are handy, inexpensive and nearly impossible to break, which is good for families with kids, dogs and clumsy adults….In a study reported in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology, Ming-Tsang Wu and colleagues at a Taiwan university wanted to see what kinds of practices could lower people's exposure.

The New Indian Express (India: 200,200 unique monthly visits)
"Scientists Reveal Viagra's Secret 'Active Ingredient'"
August 6, 2015
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While most of us turn to dietary supplements to improve our health, people rarely know what ‘undisclosed’ ingredients they contain, and now scientists have tried to bring them to light….The report is published in ACSJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.  

International Business Times (U.K.: 10.4 million unique monthly visits)
"Scripps Institute researchers explore bacterial enzyme for anti-smoking therapy"
August 8, 2015

A team of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, or TSRI, claim to have used a bacterial enzyme which could help develop a drug with potential anti-smoking therapeutic properties….The complete details of the study have been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

More than 40 media outlets, including Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 6.6 million unique monthly visits), Medical News Today (Bexhill-on-Sea, U.K.: 10.4 million unique monthly visits), Tech Times (New York, NY: 5.7 million unique monthly visits), Medical Daily (New York, NY: 4.8 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 4.3 million unique monthly visits), Christian Today (London, U.K.: 3.0 million unique monthly visits)  and Times of India (New Delhi, India: 2.9 million unique monthly visits).

Gizmodo (U.S.: 27.7 million unique monthly visits)
""Yolk and Shell" Nanoparticles Could Make  Batteries Last Longer"
August 6, 2015

As batteries go through repeated charge-and-discharge cycles, their electrodes expand and contract-and the physical damage that causes leads to gradual battery degradation….And the best part: the team have recorded capacities three times those of graphite, at around 1.2 Ah/g. The results are published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Seven media outlets, including Argonne National Laboratory News (Lemont, IL: 171,000 unique monthly visits) and Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Inquisitr (U.S.: 27.7 million unique monthly visits)
"New Anti-Smoking Drug In Development That ‘Eats’ Nicotine"
August 9, 2015

A new anti-smoking drug is in the process of being developed that contains an enzyme that essentially “eats” nicotine before it reaches the brain….Their latest research was published on August 6 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Medical News Today (Bexhill-on-Sea, U.K.: 10.4 million unique monthly visits)
"New 'drug-entrapped' artificial blood vessels stay clot-free"
August 4, 2015

Now, in a new study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, chemists from ITMO University in St. Petersburg, Russia, describe how they developed and tested a new type of artificial blood vessel coating that resists blood clot formation.

More than 22 media outlets, including Tech Times (New York, NY: 5.7 million unique monthly visits), News Medical (Sydney, Australia: 4.3 million unique monthly visits), Medical Xpress (Tilburg, Netherlands: 1.1 million unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits), Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits), ECN Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 97,900 unique monthly visits), Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (New Rochelle, NY: 69,400 unique monthly visits), The Tribune (India: 44,200 unique monthly visits), Medical Design Technology (Rockaway, NJ: 39,600 unique monthly visits) and Nanotechnology Now (Eugene, OR: 12,200 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Tech Times (New York, NY: 5.7 million unique monthly visits)
"Researchers Have Figured Out How To 3D-Print Rechargeable Batteries"
August 7, 2015

Researchers have developed a new method for printing batteries on just about any surface….The research team, headed by Sang-Young Lee from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, recently published a paper in Nano Letters describing the breakthrough.

Four media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 4.3 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

New York University News (New York, NY: 2.0 million unique monthly visits)
"NYU Scientists Bring Order, and Color, to Microparticles"
August 3, 2015

A team of New York University scientists has developed a technique that prompts microparticles to form ordered structures in a variety of materials. The advance, which appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) as an “Editors’ Choice” article, offers a method to potentially improve the makeup and color of optical materials used in computer screens along with other consumer products.

More than 13 media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 4.3 million unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits), Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits) and Azo Materials (Sydney, Australia: 30,000 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Gizmag (Victoria, Australia: 1.9 million unique monthly visits)
"World's first "aqueous solar flow battery" outperforms traditional lithium-iodine batteries"
August 3, 2015

The scientists that revealed the "world's first solar battery" last year are now, following some modifications, reporting its first significant performance milestone….The research will be published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

More than 25 media outlets, including HNGN (1.9 million unique monthly visits), Ohio State University News (Columbus, OH: 1.7 million unique monthly visits), Clean Technica (1.3 million unique monthly visits), NDTV (New Delhi, India: 537,000 unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 127,600 unique monthly visits), Science World Report (New York, NY: 101,700 unique monthly visits) and  Product Design & Development (Rockaway, NJ: 104,700 unique monthly visits

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"A simple tableware switch could reduce exposure to a potentially harmful substance"
August 6, 2015
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In households with kids — or grown-up klutzes — a durable set of melamine plates and bowls is a must. But studies suggest that heat and acid can cause melamine from dinnerware to seep into food and potentially cause harmful health effects. Now scientists show that substituting stainless steel containers for melamine ones when serving hot food could reduce the amount of the substance in people’s bodies. Their report appears in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology.

NYC Today
"Nicotine Easting Bacteria Could Be New Solution for Smoking Cessation”
August 9, 2015

In an interesting experiment, researchers are convinced that a nicotine eating bacterial enzyme could offer an easier way to develop an anti-smoking therapy. A research team led by Prof. Kim Janda at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in California is working with the bacterium named Pseudomonas putida to develop an anti-smoking drug. Many smokers want to quit but find it very difficult. Using an enzyme from nicotine eating bacteria, researchers are confident that they can develop an effective anti-smoking therapy. … The detailed findings of the study have been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Today’s Energy Solutions
"Solar battery performance milestone"
August 5, 2015

After debuting the world's first solar air battery last fall, researchers at The Ohio State University have now reached a new milestone. In the Journal of the American Chemical Society, they report that their patent-pending design--which combines a solar cell and a battery into a single device--now achieves a 20% energy savings over traditional lithium-iodine batteries.

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