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Scientists are reporting an advance toward enabling more blood banks to adopt so-called “extended blood group typing,” which increases transfusion safety by better matching donors and recipients. Their report on a new, automated genetic method for determining a broader range of blood types appears in ACS’ Analytical Chemistry, a semi-monthly journal. Christophe Marquette...

Speakers made from carbon nanotube sheets that are a fraction of the width of a human hair can both generate sound and cancel out noise -- properties ideal for submarine sonar to probe the ocean depths and make subs invisible to enemies. That’s the topic of a report on these “nanotube speakers appears” in ACS’ Nano Letters, a monthly journal. Ali Aliev and colleagues explain...

Scientists are reporting discovery of a way to help proteins such as the new generation of protein-based drugs -- sometimes heralded as tomorrow’s potential “miracle cures”-- get past the biochemical “Entrance Forbidden” barrier that keeps them from entering cells and doing their work. The new technique, described in the monthly journal, ACS Chemical Biology, represents a new...

Mercury levels in a popular species of game fish in Lake Erie are increasing after two decades of steady decline, scientists are reporting. The study, the most comprehensive to date on mercury levels in Great Lakes fish, is in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. Satyendra Bhavsar and colleagues note that the Great Lakes is the largest group...

Electronic readers (e-readers), those increasingly popular devices that replace ink on paper, may have color displays in the future thanks to new advances in display technology. That’s among the topics highlighted in a three-part cover story on electronic materials in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Editor…

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