ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: October 30, 2013
News Items in This Edition
Many of today’s technologies, from hybrid car batteries to flat-screen televisions, rely on materials known as rare earth elements (REEs) that are in short supply, but scientists are reporting development of a new method to recycle them from wastewater...
A new type of “good cholesterol,” made in the lab, could one day deliver drugs to where they are needed in the body to treat disease or be used in medical imaging, according to scientists...
Blueberries are called a “superfood” for their high polyphenol content, but when served as warm, gooey pie filling or when lending bursts of sweet flavor to a muffin, their “super” health benefits change...
A comprehensive new review of food waste in the People’s Republic of China has concluded that about 19 of every 100 pounds of grain produced in the country go to waste, with related losses of water for irrigation and farmland productivity...
An historic tire fire 30 years ago that blazed on for nine months in the northwest Virginia Appalachians, releasing giant plumes of toxic smoke, sparked a recycling revolution and advances in fire-monitoring methods....
About the Weekly PressPac
The ACS Weekly PressPac consists of summaries of research published in the American Chemical Society’s more than 40 peer-reviewed journals and its weekly newsmagazine, Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals publish more than 35,000 articles annually. Although not traditional press releases, PressPac content can be used to prepare news stories and also can be an excellent resource for features and background.
Profile of Paul S. Weiss, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Nano
Read the profile in MIT Technology Review.
C&EN Video Spotlight: How the EPA is testing chemicals for safety
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is screening thousands of chemicals to determine their potential risk to the environment and human health. But the agency’s computer models are not yet up to the task. For more information, watch a “behind-the-story” interview with C&EN Senior Editor Britt E. Erickson. Read the story and watch the video.
Must-Read from C&EN: Doubts over “Into the Wild” Account
In the popular book and movie “Into the Wild,” author Jon Krakauer writes that Christopher McCandless, who left his suburban home and ended up living in the Alaskan wilderness, died at age 24 from eating poisonous seeds from a wild potato. But experts who have reviewed the seed analysis conducted by a lab for Krakauer question the results. For the full story, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toolkits on Global Challenges/Research Funding
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.
The toolkits address the science of global climate science, finding sustainable sources of energy, the quest for a sustainable supply of fresh water and federal R&D funding.
An additional toolkit on sustainability in the global food supply will be available later in 2013.
C&EN Science News Channels
C&EN's news channels, called SCENEs, offer a one-stop shop for coverage of a specific topic. They provide an up-to-the-minute stream of news about analytical, biological, environmental, materials, nano and organic chemistry. Check out the SCENEs' home page.
ACS Pressroom Blog
The ACS Office of Public Affairs' pressroom blog highlights research from ACS’ more than 40 peer-reviewed journals and National Meetings.
Bytesize Science Blog
Educators and kids, put on your thinking caps: The American Chemical Society has a blog for Bytesize Science, a science podcast for kids of all ages.
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.
C&EN on Twitter
Follow @cenmag at http://twitter.com/cenmag for the latest news in chemistry and dispatches from C&EN's blog, CENtral Science, at http://centralscience.org.
ACS Press Releases
Press releases on a variety of chemistry-related topics.
The American Chemical Society encourages news organizations, museums, educational organizations and other websites to embed links to these videos.
Breakthrough Science Video Series
The ACS Breakthrough Science video series is designed to expand the visibility of selected research published in ACS journals. Gaining this kind of global publicity is one potential author benefit of publishing in ACS journals. In the series, researchers explain their ground-breaking discoveries. Check out the latest episodes of Breakthrough Science.
Prized Science video series
The new season of the Prized Science video series is available. The first episode features the research of Peter Stang, Ph.D., winner of the 2013 ACS Priestley Medal. He is a professor at the University of Utah and is the editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The Priestley Medal is the highest honor of the ACS, and it recognizes Stang's pioneering work developing new ways to build molecules. The ultimate goal is to treat cancer patients with drugs that kill only cancer cells and that have fewer side effects. The second episode will feature Shirley Corriher, winner of the 2013 James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. More episodes will appear later in the year. The series is available at the Prized Science website and on DVD by email request.
The Periodic Table Table Featuring Theo Gray
Some people collect stamps. Wolfram Research co-founder and author Theo Gray collects elements. Step into his office, and you'll see a silicon disc engraved with Homer Simpson, a jar of mercury, uranium shells and hundreds of other chemical artifacts. But his real DIY masterpiece is the world's first "periodic table table.” Within this masterfully constructed table-top lay samples of nearly every element known to man, minus the super-radioactive ones.
The Chemistry of the Corpse Flower’s Stink
After 6 years of anticipation, that rock star of plants — a rainforest giant known as the corpse flower for its putrid odor — has bloomed here in Washington, D.C., and is the subject of a new video by the ACS. The video focuses on the chemical cocktail responsible for the offensive odor of the flower. More formally known as titan arum or Amorphophallus titanum, the plant is on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden, on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.
Bytesize Science, a podcast for young listeners
Bytesize Science is a science podcast for kids of all ages that entertains and educates, with new high-definition video podcasts and some episodes in Spanish. Subscribe to Bytesize Science using iTunes. No iTunes? No problem. Listen to the latest episodes of Bytesize Science in your web browser.
Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions
This special series of ACS podcasts focuses on some of the 21st Century’s most daunting challenges, and how chemists and other scientists are finding solutions. Subscribe at iTunes or listen and access other resources at the ACS web site www.acs.org/GlobalChallenges.
Science Elements: ACS science news podcast
Science Elements is a podcast of PressPac contents that makes cutting-edge scientific discoveries from ACS journals available to a broader public audience. Subscribe to Science Elements using iTunes. Listen to the latest episodes of Science Elements in your web browser. Science Elements is on Facebook, — check out the latest updates and information.
Interested in healthful plant phytochemicals, nanotechnology, or green chemistry? Check out the SciFinder series of podcasts, which explore a vast array of current interest topics and new discoveries in the 21st century. The SciFinder podcasts are available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese.
And Don’t Miss…
General Chemistry Glossary
Simple definitions and explanations of chemistry terms.
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