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A new study suggests expanding community recycling programs beyond newspapers, beverage containers, and other traditional trash to include an unlikely new potential treasure: Cigarette butts. Terming this tiny trash “one of the most ubiquitous forms of garbage in the world,” the study describes discovery of a way to reuse the remains of cigarettes to prevent steel corrosion that costs oil...

All the major groups of medications for schizophrenia turn up the volume of a brain signal known to be muted in individuals with this psychiatric disorder — a signal that also can be influenced by diet. “This is the first example of a common but specific molecular effect produced by all antipsychotic drugs in any biological system,” scientists note in the current edition of...

Scientists are reporting success in a first attempt to silence the biochemical conversations that disease-causing bacteria use to marshal their forces and cause infections. In a study in ACS’ monthly journal, Biomacromolecules, they describe use of specially designed plastic-like materials to soak up the substances that bacteria produce and pass to one another as messages. Elena Piletska...

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 manufacturers produce about 2.7 million tons...

Choosing “greener” household cleaners, computers, and other consumer products could become as easy as reading a product’s label thanks to a movement under way to develop universal guidelines for determining whether chemical products and chemical processes are environmentally friendly. That’s the topic of an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Correspondent Stephen Ritter notes that chemical companies are eager to produce greener products…

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  • Save the Date: ACS Fall 2010 National Meeting
    Thousands of scientists will gather in Boston August 22-26, 2010 for the 240th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Watch for further information in the months ahead.
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  • Must-reads from C&EN: Critical shortage of helium catches scientists by surprise
    A serious shortage of helium-3 gas is creating havoc among scientists, oil and gas drilling companies, and national security specialists. The only supplier is the federal government, and its stockpile of helium-3 is almost depleted. To read more: m_bernstein@acs.org.
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