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New scientific discoveries are moving society toward the era of “personalized solar energy,” in which the focus of electricity production shifts from huge central generating stations to individuals in their own homes and communities. That's the topic of a report by an international expert on solar energy scheduled for the November 2 issue of ACS’ Inorganic Chemistry...
Scientists are reporting development of a nano-size capsule that boosts the body’s uptake of curcumin, an ingredient in yellow curry now being evaluated in clinical trials for treatment of several diseases. Their study is in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. Koji Wada and colleagues note that curcumin is a potent antioxidant found in the spice...
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. Their paper-strip test is more practical than conventional pesticide tests, producing results in minutes rather than hours by means of an easy-to-read color-change, they say. The study is in the November 1 issue of ACS’ Analytical Chemistry...
Scientists in Washington, D.C. are reporting laboratory evidence supporting the possibility that some of Earth’s oil and natural gas may have formed in a way much different than the traditional process described in science textbooks. Their study is scheduled for Nov./Dec. issue of ACS’ Energy & Fuels, a bi-monthly publication. Anurag Sharma and colleagues note that the traditional process…
Designers of anti-cancer drugs are aiming their arrows at mysterious chunks of the genetic material DNA that may play a key role in preventing the growth and spread of cancer cells, according to an article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Deputy Assistant Managing Editor Stu Borman notes that the DNA structures, which scientists term “quadruplexes” because they have four-sided structures, are a genre of folded DNA...
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The job market for chemical scientists continues to take a beating like the rest of the economy. But as often the case, things are not quite as bleak for scientists. While the overall U.S. unemployment rate reached 9.8 percent by the end of September, the level for chemists hovered around 4 percent, according to the American Chemical Society. And there may be some light at the end of the tunnel: experts predict that more chemists will be needed for projects designed to help slow global warming and develop renewable energy. For more details, go to chem jobs.
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