ACS in the News

Weekly updates featuring some recent news media coverage of ACS.

Voice of America News (Washington, DC: Weekly audience 123 million)
"Sunblock Could Harm Sea Animals"

August 20, 2014
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For many people, especially in the northern hemisphere, summer time is also vacation time, and one of the most popular destinations is the beach.  One of the most important rituals for beachgoers is slathering on gobs of sunblock on their bodies. But what people count on to protect them from sunburn and skin damage has been found to be harmful to some marine animals, according to a new study published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science and Technology. It turns out that when people take a dip in the ocean, key ingredients in sunblock – such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide – wash off the skin and can form new compounds such as hydrogen peroxide when they react to ultraviolet light from the sun.

More than 30 media outlets, including RedOrbit (Dallas, TX: 7.5 million unique monthly visits), Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 6.8 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 1.8 million unique monthly visits), Science Recorder (664,200 unique monthly visits), Quartz (343,000 unique monthly visits), Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits), e! Science News (Quebec, Canada: 82,000 unique monthly visits) and R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: monthly circulation 80,000) covered the story.

io9 (U.S.: 123.4 million unique monthly visits)
"Is It Okay To Pee In The Ocean?"

August 20, 2014
Publicized in: OPA Press Release

According to the folks at the American Chemical Society's Reactions channel: Yes. In a pool, though? That's a different story. … Peeing in the ocean: Many have done it, but few admit to it. Fortunately for beachgoers everywhere, our latest episode of Reactions explains why, from an environmental perspective, it is absolutely OK to pee in the ocean.

More than 30 media outlets, including Huffington Post (New York, NY: 76.9 million unique monthly visits), Business Insider (New York, NY: 3.1 million unique monthly visits), MTV News (U.S.), The Times (London, U.K.: 148,000 unique monthly visits) and FOX 6 (Birmingham, AL: 49,600 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Popular Science (New York, NY: 3.0 million unique monthly visits)
"New Painkiller Soothes The Nerves That Sense Hot Chile Peppers"

August 20, 2014
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It's a chemical compound so new, it doesn't have a name.* In a paper, its creators call it either V116517 or Compound 37. (Like Chanel's No. 5 perfume! Except a drug.) Compound 37 is an early-stage, experimental painkiller drug... that works by incapacitating the protein that makes chiles taste spicy. The protein, TRPV1, appears in human nerves. In addition to sensing capsaicin, the spicy-pepper molecule, TRPV1 also senses pain from heat, strong acids, and molecules associated with tissue inflammation, like the inflammation that happens in certain types of arthritis and in irritable bowel syndrome. Very interesting, TRPV1, very interesting. … The researchers published their work last month in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

More than 25 media outlets, including RedOrbit (Dallas, TX: 7.5 million unique monthly visits), Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 6.8 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 1.8 million unique monthly visits), LaboratoryEquipment.com (Rockaway, NJ: 685,800 unique monthly visits), Business Standard (India: 101,300 unique monthly visits), Drug Discovery & Development (Rockaway, NJ: 86,200 unique monthly visits), The Health Site (India: 85,200 unique monthly visits), e! Science News (Quebec, Canada: 82,000 unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: monthly circulation 80,000) and Bioscience Technology (Rockaway, NJ: 44,600 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Scientific American (New York, NY: 2.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Bio-Battery Produces Power from Your Perspiration"

August 20, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Do you like working up a sweat? Or do you feel like maybe sweat should work for you? Well, hold on to your sudoriferous glands. Because researchers have designed a device that could someday produce power from your perspiration. The schvitzy scheme was presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco. [Wenzhao Jia et al, Epidermal Biofuel Cells: Energy Harvesting from Human Perspiration, in Angewandte Chemie] Strenuous exercise generates lactate—the molecule that makes overworked muscles burn. Athletes sometimes evaluate their fitness by checking the lactate levels in their blood. To reduce blood draws, researchers came up with a monitor that could measure the lactate in sweat. The device they designed strips electrons from lactate, which creates a small electric current. The strength of the current reveals the amount of lactate.

Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 6.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Why it's OK to pee beside the seaside: Urinating in the ocean is harmless and is actually GOOD for marine life, say scientists"

August 20, 2014
Publicized in: OPA Press Release

Ever 'had to go' while swimming in the ocean but felt guilty about polluting the water? Well, feel guilty no more - according to the American Chemical Society (ACS) peeing in the ocean is not only harmless, it is actually good for marine life. In a video, it says the components of urine pose no threat to life in the ocean, and if anything they can be beneficial - but they add peeing in enclosed areas like pools is a big no. A lot of people will no doubt have encountered the problem of going for a swim in the sea before realising they need to go to the toilet.

Live Science (New York, NY: 3.4 million unique monthly visits)
"Dirt and Corn? Test Reveals Hidden Coffee Ingredients"

August 19, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Cream and sugar may not be the only additives in your morning cup of coffee. Tough growing conditions and rising demand are leading some coffee producers to mix in wheat, soybean, brown sugar, rye, barley, acai seeds, corn, twigs and even dirt. The filler ingredients are natural and don't pose any immediate health risks for most people. But these additives could be a serious problem for people with soy or wheat allergies, said Suzana Lucy Nixdorf, a researcher at Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil. That's why Nixdorf developed a chemical test that can spot the difference between a batch of pure coffee grounds and a batch with unwanted ingredients. … Nixdorf's research was presented at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco last week.  

More than 10 media outlets, including The Modern Farmer (424,100 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

RedOrbit (Dallas, TX: 7.5 million unique monthly visits)
"Turning Waste From Rice, Parsley And Other Foods Into Biodegradable Plastic"

August 23, 2014
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Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules … Synthetic plastics persist for hundreds or thousands of years while releasing toxic components with the potential to harm the environment and human health. Also, plastics are made out of petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source. The shift to more environmentally friendly bioplastics has been challenging and expensive. Athanassiou’s team wanted to find a simple, less costly way to make the transition.

More than 15 media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 6.8 million unique monthly visits), OpEdNews.com (Newtown, PA: 239,700 unique monthly visits), Nature World News (91,900 unique monthly visits), Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits) and Science Codex (U.S.: 31,900 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

The Weather Channel (28.8 million unique monthly visits)
"With This Tattoo Developed by UC-San Diego, Sweat Could One Day Power Your Electronics"

August 18, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Harvesting electricity from your body as you sweat? A group of researchers from the University of California-San Diego say they've discovered a way to do so, detailing their work in a study they presented at this week's meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco. Taking their cue from the peel-and-stick tattoos popular with children, the scientists developed a sensor that the wearer applies to her arm, using a design that comes in the shape of the university's "UC" logo. Once applied on the skin, the device detects and measures lactate, a naturally-occurring chemical in sweat. As Newsweek magazine explains, "The sensor contains an enzyme that strips electrons from the lactate to generate electrical current across an anode and cathode, which, in the case of this design, are printed on tattoo transfer paper. The electrical current generated is stored in a battery built into the sensor."

More than 10 media outlets, including Medical News Today (Bexhill-on-Sea, U.K.: 1.8 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Fox News (New York, NY: 21.1 million unique monthly visits)
"Is this the end of your nut allergies?"

August 22, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Question: If you put Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak on a cashew, what would you get? Answer: A crunchy snack that people with nut allergies might safely be able to eat. Wait, what? OK, so that bit about the invisibility cloak might be a tiny bit dramatic, but check this out: Experts really are working to develop less allergenic versions of nuts, and it actually does have to do with making a part of the nut, in a way, invisible ..."They’re the same proteins, but the chemical alteration leads to a change in how the proteins look to the immune system. It changes their shape and makes them harder to see," said Chris Mattison, a molecular biologist who presented his research at last week’s annual American Chemical Society meeting. And if it’s harder for the immune system to see a threat, it’s harder for it to find a reason to freak out.  

Yahoo! News (Sunnyvale, CA: 110 million unique monthly visits)
"Researchers develop gel that wards off superbugs"

August 19, 2014

A team of researchers from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University in Canada has made a breakthrough in the war on hospital superbugs, have used natural proteins to develop an innovative antibacterial gel that kills the dreaded Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli. The potion is capable of breaking down bacteria coating called biofilm which has roughly the same consistency of pudding and which is the culprit of antibacterial resistance. … The Queen's study was published in Bio Macromolecules, a journal of the American Chemical Society.

More than 25 media outlets, including HNGN (1.9 million unique monthly visits), CTV News (Canada: 257,900 unique monthly visits), The Irish Times (Ireland: 231,400 unique monthly visits), Bioscience Technology (Rockaway, NJ: 44,600 unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 1.8 million unique monthly visits) and Medical Xpress (Tilburg, Netherlands: 1.1 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Huffington Post (New York, NY: 76.9 million unique monthly visits)
"Hope for the Future: How American Chemical Society Student Representatives Increase Climate Science Literacy"

August 20, 2014

Far too often in the United States it feels as if the issues surrounding Climate Change are being completely ignored. However, stepping into a symposium on "Global Stewardship through Increasing Climate Science Literacy" at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco this past Tuesday provided a completely different feeling. In order to understand this symposium, it is helpful to describe the primary focus of the project that led to this symposium. ACS kicked off the recent 2011 International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) by sending two undergraduate students from York College of Pennsylvania along with two faculty mentors to the November 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. The primary goal of these students was to learn and report.

BBC News (London, U.K.: 55 million unique monthly visits)
"Queen's University Belfast scientists create 'superbug gel'"

August 19, 2014

Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have developed a gel that acts to kill hospital superbugs. It targets Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli. Lead researcher Dr Garry Laverty said: "Our gels are unique as they target and kill the most resistant forms of hospital superbugs.”It involves the use of gels composed of the building blocks of natural proteins, called peptides - the same ingredients that form human tissue." He added: "These molecules are modified slightly in the laboratory to allow them to form gels that will rapidly kill bacteria." The School of Pharmacy at Queen's and the School of Chemistry at Brandeis University, Waltham, US, collaborated on the research. Their results will be published in the journal, Biomacromolecules, next month.

New York Daily News (New York, NY: 22 million unique monthly visits)
"Gel that wards off superbugs may be coming soon"

August 20, 2014

A team of researchers from the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University in Canada has made a breakthrough in the war on hospital superbugs, have used natural proteins to develop an innovative antibacterial gel that kills the dreaded Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli. The potion is capable of breaking down bacteria coating called biofilm which has roughly the same consistency of pudding and which is the culprit of antibacterial resistance. According to researchers, it leaves healthy cells unaffected. … The Queen's study was published in Bio Macromolecules, a journal of the American Chemical Society.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 6.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production"

August 20, 2014

Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions. The study, which was reported online at the Journal of the American Chemical Society, can help improve processes that produce biofuels from plants. The study examines the conversion of bio-oil, produced from biomass such as wood chips or grasses, into transportation fuels. Researchers used computer simulations to explore what happens to a common bio-oil byproduct. Water, everywhere during biofuels production, turns the byproduct into an impurity that disrupts and blocks the reactions that lead to biofuels. The results apply not only to water but to related liquids in bio-oil such as alcohols and certain acids.

More than 10 media outlets, including RedOrbit (Dallas, TX: 7.5 million unique monthly visits), ECN Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 97,900 unique monthly visits) and Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 1.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Celebrating 100 years of crystallography"

August 20, 2014
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of a revolutionary technique that underpins much of modern science, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) magazine last week released a special edition on X-ray crystallography—its past, present and a tantalizing glimpse of its future. C&EN is the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. The technique got its start when German physicist Max von Laue published the first paper on X-ray diffraction from a crystal in 1912. In the century following von Laue's discovery, which was recognized with a Nobel Prize in 1914, scientists went on to use crystallography to describe hundreds of thousands of molecular structures, influencing every corner of science from chemistry to biology, from the Earth to outer space.

More than 3 media outlets, including ECN Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 97,900 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits)
"Exploring 3-D printing to make organs for transplants"

August 20, 2014
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Printing whole new organs for transplants sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the real-life budding technology could one day make actual kidneys, livers, hearts and other organs for patients who desperately need them. In the ACS journal Langmuir ("Study of Droplet Formation Process during Drop-on-Demand Inkjetting of Living Cell-Laden Bioink"), scientists are reporting new understanding about the dynamics of 3-D bioprinting that takes them a step closer to realizing their goal of making working tissues and organs on-demand.

More than 5 media outlets, including R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: monthly circulation 80,000) covered the story.

The Star Phoenix
"CLS tunes graphene, a futuristic supermaterial"

August 19, 2014

In 2024, you might fold your iPad like a piece of paper before you slip it into your wallet. That’s thanks to graphene, a supermaterial that’s stronger than steel, conducts electricity better than copper, yet is flexible like fabric. Researchers at Saskatoon’s Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron are some of many across the globe studying the material that may one day replace silicon in the tech industry. If clever minds can find a way to mass-produce graphene affordably, the potential uses include wearable electronic devices, packaging that tells you when food has spoiled, armour, and sensors sensitive enough to detect a single molecule. … Iyer and her colleagues’ results were published in the American Chemical Society journal, ACS Nano.

More than 3 media outlets, including SciTech Daily covered the story.

Bio-medicine.org (U.S.: 40,700 unique monthly visits)
"Good news for diabetics who are sick of the finger prick"

August 22, 2014
Publicized in: OPA Press Release

Diabetes affects nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population. Among the biggest complaints of diabetics: constant finger pricking to test blood glucose levels. Fortunately, research published in ACS Chemical Biology reports the development of a protein that could lead to less pain and more accurate results for diabetes patients. In the American Chemical Society's (ACS') newest Breakthrough Science video, Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., shows off her "designer protein" that could eventually allow diabetics to check their blood sugar from their iPhones. The video is available at http://youtu.be/x51o8p8j8Z0.

More than 7 media outlets, including Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits) and Science Codex (U.S.: 31,900 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

… TV and Radio News

WBRC-BIRM (FOX) (Birmingham, AL: Local Viewership 91,378)
"Is it OK to pee in the ocean? Science says yes."

August 21, 2014
Publicized in: OPA Press Release

[Transcript] ...it's ok to go to the bathroom in the ocean. >> Number one? >> Yes. Let’s be clear. Their study shows that urine is harmless to the ocean and actually is good for marine life. >> The American Chemical Society says that urine is mostly the water. In fact the average human urine is composed of 95 percent water. >> The other 5 percent if you are wondering is urea which is the main product is in the year-end. Apparently even if everyone went into the ocean there would still be ... bottom-line go to town. >> When you have to cut you have to go. >> Not in a pool but in the ocean.

More than 25 media outlets, including WPIX-TV (WB) (New York, NY: Local Viewership 76,017), KENS-SAT (CBS) (San Antonio, TX: Local Viewership 75,162), WTXF-PHI (FOX) (Philadelphia, PA: Local Viewership 54,629), KNSD-SD (NBC) (San Diego, CA: Local Viewership 50,725) and WBIR (NBC) (Knoxville, TN: Local Viewership 37,306) covered the story.

… From the Blogs

Counsel & Heal
"Pain Cured by Blocking Spicy Sensation, Study"

August 20, 2014
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Blocking the "chili-pepper receptor" that causes burning sensations could help treat pain, according to a new study. After analyzing the chili pepper's effects, researchers believe that they could develop new treatments for various kinds of pain triggered by inflammation or other problems. Lead researcher Laykea Tafesse and her team at the American Chemical Society wanted to better understand a compound called capsaicin, an active ingredient in chili peppers that causes burning pain.

Environmental Leader
"How to Turn Food Waste into Bioplastic"

August 20, 2014\
Publicized in: OPA PressPac

Chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, according to scientists. The process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules. Athanassia Athanassiou, Ilker S. Bayer and colleagues at the Italian Institute of Technology point out that plastic’s popularity is growing.

Republica
"Sweat to power small electronic devices soon"

August 21, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Sweat can not only help you burn calories while exercising but also power small electronic devices in near future. Researchers have designed a sensor in the form of a temporary tattoo that can both monitor a person´s progress during exercise and produce power from their perspiration. The device works by detecting and responding to lactate, which is naturally present in sweat. “Lactate is a very important indicator of how you are doing during exercise,” said Wenzhao Jia, a postdoctoral student at University of California San Diego. … The team described the approach at the 248th national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) this week.

Science 2.0
"Water Gunks Up Biofuels Production"

August 21, 2014

Biofuels production has never lived up to the hype. It does something, so it is less hype than quantum computers have been for 15 years, but biofuels suffer from inefficiencies that have kept it from improving due to time and experience, some of which is that subsidies and mandates lead to less innovation rather than more, and then there is a chemistry problem. There may be hope for the chemistry problem. A new paper the Journal of the American Chemical Society finds that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which slows down key chemical reactions. Researchers used computer simulations to explore what happens to bio-oil, produced from biomass such as wood chips or grasses,  and common bio-oil byproduct .

Science Codex
"Salt, pink diamonds and DNA: 5 surprising facts about crystals"

August 20, 2014
Publicized in: OPA Press Release

Many people think of crystals as little more than sparkly things behind glass cases in museums. But crystals are everywhere, from the dinner table to the human body. Because 2014 is the International Year of Crystallography, Reactions is celebrating with a video highlighting five surprising facts about crystals.

Voice of America News (Washington, D.C.: weekly audience 123 million)
"Biobattery Tattoo Turns Sweat Into Energy"

August 13, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

One day, the sweat you produce during exercise could power small electronic devices. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have designed what they’re calling a biobattery in the form of a temporary tattoo. The battery works by “detecting and responding to lactate,” which is found in sweat. When your body needs more energy because of physical exertion, a process called glycolysis occurs. Glycolysis basically turns sugars into usable energy for the body. A byproduct of this process is lactate. … The team described the biobatteries at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.

More than 100 media outlets, including Yahoo! News (Sunnyvale, CA: 110 million unique monthly visits), CNET News (San Francisco, CA: 16.7 million unique monthly visits), Prevention.com (U.S.: 7.7 million unique monthly visits), Smithsonian Magazine (U.S.: 3.0 million unique monthly visits), Gizmag  (Victoria, Australia: 1.9 million unique monthly visits), CBS Local (San Francisco, CA: 1.9 million unique monthly visits), Popular Mechanics (New York, NY: 1.0 million unique monthly visits), NBC San Diego (San Diego, CA), RedOrbit (Dallas, TX: 7.5 million unique monthly visits), Mashable (U.S.: 2.4 million unique monthly visits), EDN Network (157,100 unique monthly visits) and R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: monthly circulation 80,000) covered the story.

Time (New York, NY: 85.5 million unique monthly visits)
"There May Be a Neurotoxin in Your Skin Cream"

August 13, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Scientists are ruining everything about your morning routine this week. First, researchers reported that they had found a way to detect fillers like twigs, wheat, soy and corn in your coffee—a practice that has apparently become more common due to coffee shortages. Now, researchers presenting at the same conference, the annual American Chemical Society, are reporting a new way to filter out metals from skin cream. Yup, that’s right, there’s toxic mercury in some face lotion. The researchers report that while the U.S. limit on mercury in products is one part per one million, they have found that some face creams contain levels up to 210,000 parts per million.

More than 30 media outlets, including Times of India (New Delhi, India: daily circulation 3.14 million), Medical Daily (New York, NY: 1.4 million unique monthly visits), Manufacturing.net (115,600 unique monthly visits) and DailyMe (Hollywood, FL: 30,800 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

BBC News (London, U.K.: 55 million unique monthly visits)
"'Smell of dollars' could catch smugglers"

August 15, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

A machine that can "smell" dollars - like a sniffer dog senses narcotics - is being developed. For the first time, chemists have captured the unique fragrance of US paper money. They announced their discovery at the American Chemical Society meeting. "Money sniffing is an unknown art. No-one had ever tried to find these aromas," said Dr Joseph Stetter, of KWJ Engineering. "We found that US currency emits a wide range of volatile organic compounds that make a 'fingerprint' we can identify in less than a minute."

More than 30 media outlets, including Newsweek (New York, NY: 3.4 million unique monthly visits), Wired (San Francisco, CA: 2.5 million circulation), Science Magazine (Washington, D.C.: monthly circulation 125,000), Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 6.8 million unique monthly visits) and HNGN (1.9 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Newsweek (New York, NY: 3.4 million unique monthly visits)
"There’s Still a Lot We Don’t Know About Fracking Chemicals"

August 13, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

As the U.S. fracking boom continues to expand, tapping vast deposits of previously unreachable oil and natural gas, scientists, regulators and even the industry itself still do not know much about fracking’s impact on human health or the environment. Study after study has highlighted the lack of toxicity information available on fracking fluid—the mix of chemicals, water and sand injected deep into the ground to fracture oil- and gas-trapping rock. Now a new study, presented Wednesday at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, says that out of 190 commonly used compounds, hardly any toxicity information is available for a whopping one-third of them. In addition, another eight fracking fluid compounds, the researchers found, are proved to be toxic to mammals.

More than 35 media outlets, including Healthline (San Francisco, CA: 3.4 million unique monthly visits), HNGN (1.9 million unique monthly visits), RedOrbit (Dallas, TX: 7.5 million unique monthly visits), News Medical (Sydney, Australia: 1.9 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 1.8 million unique monthly visits), Laboratory Equipment (Rockaway, NJ: 685,800 unique monthly visits), Royal Society of Chemistry (Cambridge, U.K.: 156,000 unique monthly visits), Nature World News (96,500 unique monthly visits), R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: monthly circulation 80,000), WFMJ.com (U.S.: 47,400 unique monthly visits) and Science Codex (U.S.: 31,900 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Examiner.com (Atlanta, GA: 22.7 million unique monthly visits)
"Chemists devise tattoos that produce electricity from sweat"

August 16, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

In the future you may be able to power your phone or portable with electrical energy that you produce naturally from exercise. This potential new form of biobattery is the indirect result of the work of Dr. Wenzhao Jia and colleagues from the University of California San Diego. The prototype was presented at the Aug. 13, 2014, session of the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco. The original concept was to replace the necessity for a blood sample to measure lactate production in athletes. Monitoring lactate levels in athletes is necessary because lactate levels indicate the transition to glycolysis and the general fitness of an athlete. Lactate is excreted in sweat. Lactate production is also a useful indicator in many diseases.

The Blaze (U.S.: 22.1 million unique monthly visits)
"The Fascinating New Piece of Technology Border Patrol Could Use to Sniff Out Illegal Smuggling"

August 14, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

While there’s often a heavy focus on the items coming into the U.S. from Mexico illegally, what about the things going out of the country? According to the American Chemical Society, billions of U.S. dollars are sent over the border to Mexico and tracking down this activity is harder to detect than drug smuggling. But a new device showcased at ACS’s annual conference could actually track down illegal money smuggling by sniffing it out. “We’re developing a device that mimics the function of trained dogs ‘sniffing’ out concealed money, but without the drawbacks, such as expensive training, sophisticated operators, down time and communication limitations,” Dr. Suiqiong Li, a researcher with KWJ Engineering, said in a statement.

BBC News (London, U.K.: 55 million unique monthly visits)
"Sweat-powered battery could charge your phone"

August 14, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

A tattoo that produces power from perspiration has been unveiled at the American Chemical Society meeting. The biobattery is fuelled by lactate - which is naturally present in sweat after vigorous exercise. It could soon power heart monitors, digital watches and eventually even smartphones, say scientists in California. The dream of "people power"- using the body to charge portable electronic gadgets - has inspired many innovative approaches. Some harness movement - via piezoelectrics - while others use blood to power implanted biofuel cells. "Our device is the first to use sweat. It's a proof of concept," said Dr Wenzhao Jia of at the University of California, San Diego, who gave details of her method in the journal Angewandte Chemie. "At the moment the power is not that high - only four microwatts. But we are working on enhancing it so it can power small electronic devices."

CBS News (New York, NY: 7.5 million unique monthly visits)
"Buzz over bee venom in cancer research"

August 13, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Bee, snake or scorpion venom may sound more like a health nightmare than a cure, but they could in fact be used in cancer-fighting drugs, a new study suggests. Injecting someone with pure venom could have disastrous health consequences, but researchers say they have found a way to avoid such issues. They separated the "useful" venom proteins and peptides, making them specifically target malignant cells while evading healthy ones, therefore eliminating harmful effects that the toxins would normally have on a person's health. … The study was presented at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS also released a video explaining how it works.

More than 15 media outlets, including Healthline (San Francisco, CA: 3.4 million unique monthly visits) and Newsmax Health (U.S.: 1.7 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Care2 (U.S.: 9.1 million unique monthly visits)
"How Hemp Could Lead Us to a Greener Energy Future"

August 15, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Hemp is used in many countries as a cost-effective and greener building material, but it does produce some waste. Now, though, researchers believe that they could repurpose those waste fibers into next-generation energy storage devices. The research presented by Dr. David Mitlin at the 248th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and published this month in the journal ACS Nano, details how the researchers took those hemp fibers and turned them into what are known as supercapacitors. Such supercapacitors carry a distinct advantage over conventional batteries and larger energy storage devices because they can be charged and discharged within a matter of seconds, which is handy for a number of technologies, including for electric cars that, rather than being drip-fed energy from regular batteries, require sharp bursts of power for things like regenerative braking.

More than 10 media outlets, including Controlled Environments Magazine (21,300 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Scientific American (New York, NY: 2.6 million unique monthly visits)
"How Dust Could Solve California's Drought"

August 14, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

With 80 percent of California in a state of extreme drought, you wouldn't think dust would be the answer to the state's water woes. New research presented in San Francisco yesterday suggests, however, that dusty air blown across the Pacific Ocean from Asia and Africa could be influencing precipitation in the region. In a presentation at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society yesterday, Kim Prather from the University of California, San Diego, described research she is leading into the dust swept westward by the jet stream. The dust—and the tiny bacteria and molecules it carries with it across the Pacific Ocean—is then mixing with other airborne particles like sea spray and smoke to have distinct and variable impacts on clouds and precipitation, Prather said.

More than 15 media outlets, including Wired (San Francisco, CA: 2.5 million circulation) and RedOrbit (Dallas, TX: 7.5 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Wired (San Francisco, CA: 2.5 million circulation)
"This Sponge-Like Polymer Could Fix Facial Deformities"

August 14, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Millions of people suffer from facial deformities because an injury, surgery, or birth defect left a gap in their bone structure. These bone gaps are too wide for the body’s normal healing process to fix, and surgical solutions like grafts and putties usually fall short of restoring a person’s looks. But a new sponge-like polymer could provide a scaffold that lets bone cells regrow themselves. This “bone foam” is made out of a polycaprolactone, a polymer known as PCL that is already used in biomedical applications like sutures and barriers that keep healing tissues separate. Biomedical engineer Melissa Grunlan of Texas A&M, the foam’s lead researcher, says PCL has two standout properties: It’s malleable at 140° F or above, but stiff at body temperature; and it breaks down slowly and safely in the body. But the real potential comes from combining these properties in a stiff, sponge-like structure, she said here yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.

More than 10 media outlets, including Product Design & Development (Madison, WI: 165,000 unique monthly visits) and Bioscience Technology (Rockaway, NJ: 44,993 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

TreeHugger (New York, NY: 2.3 million unique monthly visits)
"Skin lightening creams contain dangerously high levels of toxic mercury"

August 14, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Public health officials expressed concern about the levels of toxic mercury found in some skin creams at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Gordon Vrdoljak of the California Department of Public Health said his lab found dangerously high amounts in skin lightening creams, which are often made outside the U.S. In California, there have been about 60 cases of mercury poisoning in the past 5 years, Vrdoljak said. In many cases, people seek medical help when they experience symptoms like shaky hands, headaches, or fatigue. When mercury is identified at the cause of the problem, the Department of Health can work with patients to find the source.

Gizmag (Victoria, Australia: 1.9 million unique monthly visits)
"Spongy polymer developed to fill holes in bones"

August 15, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Whether they're the result of injuries, surgery or birth defects such as cleft palate, missing sections of bone in the skull or jaw can certainly affect someone's appearance. Although there are some methods of filling in such gaps, they have limitations that limit their application. A newly-developed foam-like material, however, may be able to succeed where other approaches have failed. … The Texas A&M SMP has already been tested in vitro, with animal tests and human trials planned to take place down the road. Grunlan and her team presented their research this week at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Good Housekeeping (New York, NY: 1.5 million unique monthly visits)
"The Surprising Ingredients in Your Coffee"

August 14, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

You might think you’re only taking your coffee with just a little milk, but if it's made with packaged ground coffee instead of freshly ground beans, it may contain some extra ingredients. Wheat, soybeans, brown sugar, rye, barley, corn, rice, black beans, acai seeds, cocoa seeds, sticks and more are some of the things that may also be in your mug, according to a new report being presented at the 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting this week.

Popular Mechanics (New York, NY: 1.0 million unique monthly visits)
"The Toxicity of One-Third of Fracking Chemicals is Unknown"

August 14, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

A new study says that out of 81 common compounds used in fracking, there's very little known about the potential health risks of about one-third of them. This research was presented this week at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. William Stringfellow of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and his team searched through public databases for the most common compounds used in fracking around the U.S. since 2011. The researchers looked at the toxicity of chemicals in the fluid that companies inject into wells to extract natural gas and oil. Eventually their goal is to assess whether any of these chemicals pose a risk to the environment.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 6.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Carbon dioxide 'sponge' could ease transition to cleaner energy
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August 10, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen. The material -- a relative of the plastics used in food containers -- could play a role in President Obama's plan to cut CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2030, and could also be integrated into power plant smokestacks in the future. The report on the material is one of nearly 12,000 presentations at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, taking place here through Thursday.

More than 10 media outlets, including Tech Times (U.S.: 1.7 million unique monthly visits), Product Design & Development (Madison, WI: 165,000 unique monthly visits) and Azo Materials (Sydney, Australia: 30,000 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

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WGN (Chicago, IL: local audience 221,815)
"Venom gets good buzz as potential cancer-fighter"

August 14, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

[Transcript] here is something amazing. Scientists believe they might have found a way to stop cancer cell growth using reptile venom. It was presented at the American Chemical Society conference. It uses the venom from bees and snakes and scorpions. The treatment will in theory target cancer cells that work in the early stages. But has some success in stopping breast cancer and medical hope in cell growth in lab tests.

More than 100 media outlets, including WBTV (Charlotte, NC: local audience 79,488), KSAT (San Antonio, TX: local audience 63,067), WALB (Albany, GA: local audience 51,475), WFVS (Paducah, KY: local audience 50,571), WXMI (Grand Rapids, MI: local audience 48,228), WFAA (Dallas, TX: local audience 46,448), KAIT (Jonesboro, AR: local audience 45,797), WCTV (Tallahassee, FL: local audience 36,713), WPMI (Mobile, AL: local audience 35,732), WSET (Roanoke, VA: local audience 34,739), WBIR (Knoxville, TN: local audience 33,870), WBOC (Salisbury, MD: local audience 33,836), WSYR (Syracuse, NY: local audience 33,014), WSYX (Columbus, OH: local audience 33,011), WTOC (Savannah, GA: local audience 32,453), KSBW (Monterey, CA: local audience 31,677), KBFX (Bakersfield, CA: local audience 28,636), KSNW (Wichita, KS: local audience 28,249), WFIE (Evansville, IN: local audience 26,754), WBBH (Fort Myers, FL: local audience 23,985), KTBS (Shreveport, LA: local audience 22,929), KFXK (Tyler, TX: local audience 22,866), KWCH (Wichita, KS: local audience 22,619), KMSS (Shreveport, LA: local audience 21,856), KTHV (Little Rock, AR: local audience 21,252) and WNCT (Greenville, NC: local audience 20,060) covered the story.

KNSD (San Diego, CA: local audience 82,960)
"Tattoo biobatteries produce power from sweat"

August 14, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

[Transcript] ...the lactate found in sweat to general an electric current. It only currently collects a few microwatts of power. To put that in perspective, your cell phone pulls about 70 microwatts in about two minutes. The team just presented their findings to the American Chemical Society.

More than 15 media outlets, including KTHV (Little Rock, AR: local audience 25,904), KCBS (Los Angeles, CA: local audience 18,168), WWJ (Detroit, MI: local audience 7,592), KBOI (Boise, ID: local audience 5,767) and KOLR (Springfield, MO: local audience 4,442)  covered the story.

… From the Blogs

Science 2.0
"Skin Creams That Contain Toxic Mercury Are Popular - But On The Run"

August 13, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

As countries try to rid themselves of toxic mercury pollution, some people are still slathering and even injecting creams containing the metal onto or under their skin to lighten it, putting themselves and others at risk for serious health problems. The good news is, researchers can now identify these creams and intervene much faster than before using total reflection x-ray fluorescence. … "In the U.S., the limit on mercury in products is 1 part per million," says Gordon Vrdoljak, Ph.D., of the California Department of Public Health, who presented the work at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. "In some of these creams, we've been finding levels as high as 210,000 parts per million — really substantial amounts of mercury. If people are using the product quite regularly, their hands will exude it, it will get in their food, on their countertops, on the sheets their kids sleep on."

Science World Report
"Dust and Microbes from Asia and Africa Impact Rain and Climate in the Western U.S."

August 13, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

Weather is impacted by wind and humidity, but did you also know that it could be affected by dust? Scientists have found that dusty air blowing across the Pacific from Asia and Africa plays a critical role in precipitation patterns throughout the drought-stricken western U.S. "We've learned that not all of the particles in the air at high altitudes have the same influence on clouds," said Kim Prather, one of the researchers, in a news release. "We're starting to think that these differences contribute to how rain gets distributed." … The findings will be presented at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Science Blog
"A new look at what’s in ‘fracking’ fluids raises red flags"

August 13, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

As the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) proliferates, a new study on the contents of the fluids involved in the process raises concerns about several ingredients. The scientists presenting the work today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) say that out of nearly 200 commonly used compounds, there’s very little known about the potential health risks of about one-third, and eight are toxic to mammals. The meeting features nearly 12,000 presentations on a wide range of science topics and is being held here through Thursday by ACS, the world’s largest scientific society.

City AM
"Sniffing out the smugglers: The smell of dollars could catch criminals"

August 15, 2014
Publicized in: OPA National Meeting Press Release

For the first time, scientists have identified the unique smell of paper money, which they say could help border guards catch criminals trying to smuggle money across the border from Mexico to the US. The billions of dollars currently smuggled across the border each year have been causing problems for border guards, who are often let down by current identification methods. But a new technique, developed by Dr Joseph Stetter and his team at KWJ Engineering, could provide a solution. "Money sniffing is an unknown art. No-one had ever tried to find these aromas," Stetter said at an American Chemical Society meeting. "We found that US currency emits a wide range of volatile organic compounds that make a 'fingerprint' we can identify in less than a minute."

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