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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: April 21, 2010
Scientists are reporting discovery of what may be the “ancestral Eve” crystal that billions of years ago gave life on Earth its curious and exclusive preference for so-called left-handed amino acids. Those building blocks of proteins come in two forms — left- and right-handed — that mirror each other like a pair of hands. Their study, which may help resolve one of the most...
A new study identifies cattle feed as a possible culprit in the long-standing mystery of why California’s San Joaquin Valley — a moderately-populated agricultural region — has higher levels of ozone (one of the main ingredients in smog) than many densely-populated cities. The report, which explains how fermented cattle feed works with automotive exhausts in forming ozone, is in ACS’...
Scientists are reporting an advance toward development of a urine test for detecting colon cancer, the third most common cancer in the United States. Such a test could eventually compliment or even reduce the need for colonoscopy, the mainstay screening test used today. The study, which analyzes chemical differences in the urine of humans with and without colon cancer, is in...
Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea — renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties — do penetrate into tissues of the eye. Their new report, the first documenting how the lens, retina, and other eye tissues absorb these substances, raises the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common...
A growing shortage of high-quality paper for recycling into new paper products threatens to thwart consumers’ preferences for oh-so-soft toilet paper, according to an article in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. In the cover story, C&EN Senior Editor Melody Voith notes that the decline of print newspapers and magazines and the growth in electronic communications have…
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