ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Feb 12 11:45:00 EST 2014

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Exercise targets cellular powerhouses to improve heart function

Whether lifting weights in a gym or just walking around the block, exercise has many benefits, such as helping people lose weight and build stronger muscles. Some studies suggest that it may reduce the risk of developing cancer and other diseases...


Waste from age-old paper industry becomes new source of solid fuel

In today’s search for renewable energy sources, researchers are turning to the hi-tech, from solar and hydrogen fuel cells, and the very low-tech. The latest example of a low-tech alternative comes from an age-old industry: paper. A new study, appearing...


Novel compound keeps Parkinson’s symptoms at bay in mice

Scientists report that they have developed a novel compound that appears to protect mice against developing movement problems associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The research, which could one day in the future translate into a therapy that could halt...


Green space can make people happier for years

Nearly 10 years after the term “nature deficit disorder” entered the nation’s vocabulary, research is showing for the first time that green space does appear to improve mental health in a sustained way. The report, which appears in the ACS journal Environmental...


From artificial to natural, the food industry makes a major shift

Extracts from algae, rosemary and monk fruit could soon replace synthetic ingredients and food additives such as Blue No. 1, BHT and aspartame that label-conscious grocery shoppers are increasingly shunning. Research is enabling this shift from artificial colors...


Journalists’ Resources

ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters
On a deadline? Need a reliable explanation of a chemistry concept? Then you need an ACS Expert. We have a growing list of scientists who can comment about neuroscience, green chemistry, pharmaceutical science, policy issues and much more. Just contact us at newsroom@acs.org.

ACS Editors' Choice
Do you want to keep up with the frontiers of science? Check out our new Open Access service, ACS Editors’ Choice. The website features one top story every day, selected from ACS’ more than 40 peer-reviewed journals, to give the public free, direct access to some of the most relevant scientific research going on today.

ACS National Meeting News
Couldn't go to the ACS 246th National Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis? 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 Video of the Month

The American Chemical Society encourages news organizations, museums, educational organizations and other websites to embed links to these videos.

ACS Video of the Month
Chemistry Life Hacks - Reactions
Want to know how to make your coffee less bitter? Got a rusted-out skillet you can't clean? Check out our debut Reactions video to find easy chemistry-fueled solutions for both dilemmas, plus more useful tips to improve your life dramatically (OK, maybe just a little bit).

C&EN Video Spotlight
Scientific Cocktail Toppers Could Soon Move from the Lab to the Bar
Scientists have teamed up with top chef José Andrés to invent edible, trendy trinkets to spruce up your cocktail hour. One of the latest videos from C&EN highlights the creations, including miniature boats fueled by Bacardi 151 that can take a spin on the surface of your drink and flower pipettes that bloom when dipped into a full martini glass. Watch the video to check out the science that goes into each innovative garnish.

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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