ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Jul 30 11:45:00 EDT 2014

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Toward a home test for detecting potentially dangerous levels of caffeine

The shocking news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose in May highlighted the potential dangers of the normally well-tolerated and mass-consumed substance. To help prevent serious health problems that can arise from consuming too much caffeine...


Exploring 3-D printing to make organs for transplants

Printing whole new organs for transplants sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the real-life budding technology could one day make actual kidneys, livers, hearts and other organs for patients who desperately need them. In the ACS journal...


Nature inspires a greener way to make colorful plastics

Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process — think stunning, bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping into those secrets to develop a more environmentally...


‘Green buildings’ have potential to improve health of low-income housing residents

The “green building” trend is often associated with helping the environment by using eco-friendly materials and energy-saving techniques, but these practices are designed to improve people’s health, too. Now scientists are reporting evidence that they can...


Fighting over proposed changes to food labels

To help Americans make better decisions about what they eat, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this year proposed significant changes to the Nutrition Facts label found on nearly every food product in the U.S. An article in Chemical...


Journalists’ Resources

ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters
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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 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

The scoop on the perfect ice cream

There's nothing like a scoop of sweet, frozen ice cream to cool you off on a hot summer day. Here's a look at what this delectable treat needs to achieve creamy perfection.


C&EN Video Spotlight

Powdered Alcohol: What It is and How You Make It

C&EN's Jeff Huber and Sophia Cai visited chemistry professor Matt Hartings at American University to learn about--and taste--powdered alcohol.

ACS Podcasts

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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