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Bricks, blocks, and steel I-beams — step aside. A new genre of construction materials, made from stuff barely 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, is about to debut in the building of homes, offices, bridges, and other structures. And a new report is highlighting both the potential benefits of these nanomaterials in improving construction materials and the need for guidelines to regulate...

The search for new raw materials for making biodiesel fuel has led scientists to an unlikely farm product — butter. In a new study in ACS’ bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they report that butter could be used as an eco-friendly feedstock, or raw material, for making diesel fuel. Michael Haas and colleagues cite rising global demand for biodiesel, and the desire to...

Grown-ups aren’t the only ones making exciting scientific discoveries these days. Two middle school students from Wisconsin joined a team of scientists who are reporting the first glimpse of the innermost structure of a key bacterial enzyme. It helps activate certain antibiotics and anti-cancer agents so that those substances do their job. Their study appears in ACS’ weekly...

Just as cooking helps people digest food, pretreating polycarbonate plastic — source of a huge environmental headache because of its bisphenol A (BPA) content — may be the key to disposing of the waste in an eco-friendly way, scientists have found. Their new study is in ACS’ Biomacromolecules, a monthly journal. Mukesh Doble and Trishul Artham note that...

Scientists have developed a new version of a medication, first isolated from the saliva of sea snails, that could be taken in pill form to relieve the most severe forms of pain as effectively as morphine but without risking addiction. An article on the topic appears in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Editor Bethany Halford…

Journalists’ Resources

  • Press registration opens for ACS August 2010 National Meeting in Boston
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    now is open for the ACS’ 240th National Meeting & Exposition in Boston August 22-26, 2010, with almost 8,000 reports on news advances in science. Watch for further information in the months ahead.
  • Press releases, briefings, and more from ACS’ 239th National Meeting
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  • Must-reads from C&EN: Recession impacts top 50 chemical companies
    Reporters covering the global marketplace know that 2009 wasn’t a good year for many companies, and this popular annual cover story documents how the recession meant red ink for the chemical industry. For the full text, go to recession.
  • Capitol Hill Briefing on Oil Spill Dispersants
    The ACS Science & the Congress Project and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers are sponsoring a briefing on the use of oil dispersants for oil spills, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on July 29 in the Capitol Visitors Center, Senate side, Room 202/203. A panel of experts, including Ken Lee of Canada’s Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research, Albert Venosa of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Robert Diaz of the Virginia Marine Sciences Institute, and Nancy Kinner of the University of New Hampshire, will speak on the science, use, implications, and future of oil dispersants. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will give opening remarks. To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/Oil-Dispersants.
  • ACS Pressroom Blog The ACS Office of Public Affairs’ (OPA) pressroom blog highlights research from ACS’ 38 peer-reviewed journals and National Meetings.
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  • ACS satellite pressroom: Daily news blasts on Twitter
    The satellite press room has become one of the most popular science news sites on Twitter. To get our news blasts and updates, create a free account at https://twitter.com/signup. Then visit http://twitter.com/ACSpressroom and click the ‘join’ button beneath the press room logo.
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    Follow @cenmag <http://twitter.com/cenmag> for the latest news in chemistry and dispatches from our blog, C&ENtral Science <http://centralscience.org>.
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  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Web site on everyday chemicals
    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
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    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.
  • The Laser’s 50th
    From DVD players to eye surgery, the laser stands as one of the greatest inventions of modern times — one that truly revolutionized everyday life. Laserfest is a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser, which was first demonstrated in 1960.

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