ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: February 26, 2014

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Improving explosives detectors for remote sensing: The end of full-body scanners

Standing in a full-body scanner at an airport isn’t fun, and the process adds time and stress to a journey. It also raises privacy concerns. Researchers now report in ACS’ The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters a more precise and direct method for using that...


Don’t throw out old, sprouting garlic — it has heart-healthy antioxidants

“Sprouted” garlic — old garlic bulbs with bright green shoots emerging from the cloves — is considered to be past its prime and usually ends up in the garbage can. But scientists are reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that this...


Caffeine-based gold compounds are potential tools in the fight against cancer

The side effects of ingesting too much caffeine — restlessness, increased heart rate, having trouble sleeping — are well known, but recent research has shown that the stimulant also has a good side. It can kill cancer cells. Now, researchers report in the...


Rise in wildfires may significantly degrade air quality, health in the future

As the American West, parched by prolonged drought, braces for a season of potentially record-breaking wildfires, new research suggests these events not only pose an immediate threat to people’s safety and their homes, but also could take a toll on...


Personalized medicine has finally arrived — or has it?

As the price for decoding a person’s DNA keeps dropping, expectations for personalized medicine based on specific genetic profiling rise. But translating an individual’s genetic data into finely tailored medical treatments still faces major challenges, sexplains a new...


Journalists’ Resources

ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters
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ACS Editors' Choice
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ACS National Meeting News
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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

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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 
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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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