ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: April 16, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommendations for treating water after a natural disaster or other emergencies call for more chlorine bleach than is necessary to kill disease-causing pathogens and are often impractical to carry out, a new study has found...
Counterfeiters, beware! Scientists are reporting the development of a new type of inexpensive barcode that, when added to documents or currency, could foil attempts at making forgeries. Although the tags are easy for researchers to make, they still require...
On the scale of earth-friendly materials, you’d be hard pressed to find two that are farther apart than polyester (not at all) and cork (very). In an unexpected twist, however, scientists are figuring out how to extract a natural, waterproof, antibacterial version of...
To determine whether new medicines are safe and effective for humans, researchers must first test them in animals, which is costly and time-consuming, as well as ethically challenging. In a study published in ACS’ journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, scientists report...
The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster made the dangers of radiation all too real. To avoid similar tragedies in the future, scientists are working to develop new radiation-proof materials for nuclear power plants, as well as for less obvious applications such as...
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ACS Video of the Month
Zombie Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne — Reactions
AMC's “The Walking Dead” has wrapped up its season, but its effects are far from dead. Keeping the spirit of the show alive until next season, chemist and zombie film buff Raychelle Burks has come up with what could be a life-saving solution to a zombie apocalypse — eau de death.
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Cucumber coils inspire design for springs for robotics
Inspired by the cucumber plant, which has tendrils that coil to pull the plant toward the sun, chemists have developed liquid crystal polymer springs that move in response to light.
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