ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 04, 2013

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Silkworms spin colored silks while on a ‘green’ dyed-leaf diet

For some 5,000 years, cultivated silkworms have been spinning luxurious white silk fibers destined for use in the finest clothing. But current dyeing practices produce wastewater that contains potentially harmful toxins...


Scientists unearth secrets of Périgord truffles, the culinary ‘black diamond’

Just in time for the holidays when cooks in France and elsewhere will be slipping bits of the coveted black Périgord truffle under their turkeys’ skin for a luxurious flavor, scientists are revealing the secrets that give...


Turning waste into power with bacteria — and loofahs

Loofahs, best known for their use in exfoliating skin to soft, radiant perfection, have emerged as a new potential tool to advance sustainability efforts on two fronts at the same time: energy and waste...


Osteoarthritis medicine delivered on-demand

Scientists are reporting development of a squishy gel that when compressed — like at a painful knee joint — releases anti-inflammatory medicine. The new material could someday deliver medications...


Investigating the link between Parkinson’s and pesticides

In a seemingly simple experiment, a scientist exposes rats to a certain pesticide over several days, and the rodents start showing symptoms remarkably similar to those seen in Parkinson’s patients...


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Journalists covering some of the great global challenges of the 21st century and federal funding of research and development (R&D) can find videos and scores of other resources in websites that the American Chemical Society has prepared on those topics. An additional toolkit on sustainability in the global food supply will be available later in 2013. 

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The Chemistry of Snowflakes - Bytesize Science
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Science Elements
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