ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: November 11, 2009


News Items in This Edition

The “chocolate cure” for emotional stress is getting new support from a clinical trial published online in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research. It found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed. Everyone’s favorite treat also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances...

Scientists at a group of 11 research centers in China are reporting for the first time assembly of the largest-ever collection of data about the proteins produced by genes in a single human organ. Their focus was the liver, and their massive database in both protein and transcript levels could become a roadmap for finding possible new biomarkers and treatments for liver disease. Those include...

In an advance that could help ease health and environmental concerns about the emerging nanotechnology industry, scientists are reporting development of technology for changing the behavior of nanoparticles in municipal sewage treatment plants — their main gateway into the environment. Their study will be published online November 12 in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology...

Scientists in Washington, DC, are reporting development and successful tests of a new way for exploring the insides of living cells, the microscopic building blocks of all known plants and animals. They explode the cell while it is still living inside a plant or animal, vaporize its contents, and sniff. The study appears online in ACS’ journal Analytical Chemistry. Akos Vertes and Bindesh Shrestha note that knowing the contents…

Drug companies and nonprofit organizations are joining forces to develop new drugs and vaccines to target so-called “neglected” diseases that claim millions of lives in the developing world each year. Those hard-to-treat diseases include malaria, tuberculosis, dengue fever, and other conditions. That’s the topic of the cover story scheduled for the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Editor Lisa Jarvis explains that just a decade ago major pharmaceutical companies...

Journalists’ Resources

  • Press releases, briefings, and more from ACS’ 238th National Meeting
  • Must-reads from C&EN: Deep-space exploration could go up in smoke
    A shortage of plutonium-238 threatens to make historic missions into space such as Voyager, Cassini and New Horizons the last of their kind. The United States hasn’t produced the substance –– the lifeblood of the radioisotope power that supplies electricity to the spacecraft –– since the last 1980s, and the remaining stockpile from U.S. production and purchases from Russia already has been allotted to a handful of missions. To obtain a copy of this story, contact
  • Writing on Green Chemistry?
    Here is a treasure trove of important scientific research articles published in 2008.
  • ACS Pressroom Blog The ACS Office of Public Affairs (OPA) pressroom blog highlights research from ACS’ 34 peer-reviewed journals and National Meetings.
  • Bytesize Science blog Educators and kids, put on your thinking caps: The American Chemical Society has a blog for Bytesize Science, a science podcast for kids of all ages.
  • ACS satellite pressroom: Daily news blasts on Twitter
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  • ACS Press Releases
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    on a variety of chemistry-related topics.
  • General Chemistry Glossary
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
    Whether you want to learn more about caffeine, benzoyl peroxide (acne treatment), sodium chloride (table salt), or some other familiar chemical, CAS Common Chemistry can help. The new Web site provides non-chemists and others with useful information about everyday chemicals by searching either a chemical name or a corresponding CAS Registry Number. The site includes about 7,800 chemicals of general interest as well as all 118 elements from the Periodic Table, providing alternative names, molecular structures, a Wikipedia link, and other information.
  • Science Connections from CAS
    CAS - Science Connections
    is a series of articles that showcases the value of CAS databases in light of important general-interest science and technology news. Topics range from fruit flies to Nobel Prize winners, with the CAS - Science Connections series pointing to CAS databases for a more complete understanding of the latest news.

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