ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: February 05, 2014

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How to tell when bubbly goes bad before popping the cork

In the rare case that New Year’s revelers have a bottle of leftover bubbly, they have no way to tell if it’ll stay good until they pop the cork and taste it at the next celebration. But now scientists are reporting a precise new way for wineries — and their customers...


Electronically controlled drugs could minimize side effects

Potential side effects of many of today’s therapeutic drugs can be downright frightening — just listen carefully to a drug commercial on TV. These effects often occur when a drug is active throughout the body, not just where and when it is needed...


Approach helps identify new biofuel sources that don’t require farmland

While the debate over using crops for fuel continues, scientists are now reporting a new, fast approach to develop biofuel in a way that doesn’t require removing valuable farmland from the food production chain. Their work examining the fuel-producing...


Suburban sprawl accounts for 50 percent of U.S. household carbon footprint

Many U.S. cities are taking steps to grow urban centers in an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But a challenge is the significant carbon footprint of spacious suburban living, which in many areas, may be cancelling out these efforts...


Mounting evidence links lead’s toxic effects to criminal behavior

When crime rates drop, politicians like to give themselves pats on the back for being “tough on crime.” But a new theory explaining why violence has declined across the country since the 1990s is gaining credence, and it has nothing to do with the criminal...


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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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

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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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