ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Jan 22 11:45:00 EST 2014

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Seashells inspire new way to preserve bones for archeologists, paleontologists

Recreating the story of humanity’s past by studying ancient bones can hit a snag when they deteriorate, but scientists are now reporting an advance inspired by seashells that can better preserve valuable remains...


Toward fixing damaged hearts through tissue engineering

In the U.S., someone suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds — their heart is starved of oxygen and suffers irreparable damage. Engineering new heart tissue in the laboratory that could eventually be implanted into ...


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...


Picturing pain could help unlock its mysteries and lead to better treatments

Understanding the science behind pain, from a simple “ouch” to the chronic and excruciating, has been an elusive goal for centuries. But now, researchers are reporting a promising step toward studying pain in action...


Emerging class of therapeutics represents a coming wave for developers and manufacturers

After years of research, development and testing, a new class of drugs is emerging on the market with two frontrunners acting as harbingers of what’s to come. The cover story in Chemical & Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine...


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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 releases: www.eurekalert.org/acsmeet.php
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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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The Methanol Economy - Bytesize Science
You’ve heard of the hydrogen economy, now find out about a promising alternative known as the “methanol economy.” Learn about this sustainable energy system from one of the pioneers in the field. Watch the episode.

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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