ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Apr 09 11:45:00 EDT 2014

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Toward a faster, more accurate way to diagnose stroke

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...


Recycling astronaut urine for energy and drinking water

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...


Promising agents burst through superbug defenses to fight antibiotic resistance

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...


Special air filter blocks small particles called UFPs from getting inside cars

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...


Pharma firms turn attention to hearing loss

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...


Journalists’ Resources

ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters
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ACS Editors' Choice
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ACS National Meeting News
Couldn't go to the ACS 247th National Meeting & Exposition in Dallas? Then check out our resources for info you might have missed:
Press releases: www.eurekalert.org/acsmeet.php
Press conferences: www.ustream.tv/channel/acslive

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.

ACS Press Release Archive
Visit our press release archive for news on a variety of chemistry-related topics.

ACS Videos

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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.

ACS Podcasts

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. Listen to the podcasts at www.acs.org/GlobalChallenges.

Science Elements
Science Elements is a podcast that makes cutting-edge scientific discoveries from ACS journals available to a broader public audience. Listen to the podcasts at www.acs.org/ScienceElements.

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