Scientists in China are reporting an advance that may improve the natural wonders of wool — already regarded as the “wonder fabric” for its lightness, softness, warmth even when wet, and other qualities. The study is in ACS’ Langmuir, a bi-weekly journal. They say the discovery could give wool a “brain,” placing it among other “smart” fabrics...
An inexpensive “dipstick” test for pesticides in foods
Scientists in Canada are reporting the development of a fast, inexpensive “dipstick” test to identify small amounts of pesticides that may exist in foods and beverages. The study was published in ACS’ Analytical Chemistry, a semi-monthly journal. Their paper-strip test is more practical than conventional pesticide tests, producing results in minutes...
With would-be goblins and ghosts set to drape those huge fake spider webs over doorways and trees for Halloween, scientists in Wyoming are reporting on a long-standing mystery about real spider webs: It is the secret of spider web glue. The findings are an advance toward a new generation of biobased adhesives and glues. A report on the study was published in ACS’ Biomacromolecules, a monthly journal.
A major analysis of the climate debate concludes that the majority of scientists agree that global warming is primarily man-made, although a vocal minority of skeptics is holding onto the idea that Mother Nature is the cause. The cover story of current issue Chemical & Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine, appears at the conclusion of the much-publicized United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
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