ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: April 09, 2014
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When someone suffers from a stroke, a silent countdown begins. A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. So scientists are working on a new blood test that one day could rapidly confirm whether someone is having a...
On the less glamorous side of space exploration, there’s the more practical problem of waste — in particular, what to do with astronaut pee. But rather than ejecting it into space, scientists are developing a new technique that can turn this waste burden into a...
In the fight against “superbugs,” scientists have discovered a class of agents that can make some of the most notorious strains vulnerable to the same antibiotics that they once handily shrugged off. The report on the promising agents called metallopolymers...
While taking in the scenery during long road trips, passengers also may be taking in potentially harmful ultrafine particles (UFPs) that come into the car through outdoor air vents. Closing the vents reduces UFPs, but causes exhaled carbon dioxide to build up...
Hearing loss affects 36 million Americans to some degree, often leaving them feeling isolated, but it has received little attention from the pharmaceutical industry — until now. Small firms have brought a handful of potential therapies to the development...
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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. Check out the video!
C&EN Video Spotlight 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. To see these helical ribbons in action, watch the video.
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