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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: June 04, 2014

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Preserving bread longer: A new edible film made with essential oils

Essential oils have boomed in popularity as more people seek out alternatives to replace their synthetic cleaning products, anti-mosquito sprays and medicines. Now scientists are tapping them as candidates to preserve food in a more consumer-friendly way...


Understanding mussels’ stickiness could lead to better surgical and underwater glues

Mussels might be a welcome addition to a hearty seafood stew, but their notorious ability to attach themselves to ships’ hulls, as well as to piers and moorings, makes them an unwelcome sight and smell for boaters and swimmers. Now, researchers report in...


How to tell when a sewage pipe needs repair — before it bursts 

The nation’s sewer system is a topic most people would prefer to avoid, but its aging infrastructure is wearing out, and broken pipes leaking raw sewage into streets and living rooms are forcing the issue. To better predict which pipes need to be fixed...


Scientists link honeybees’ changing roles throughout their lives to brain chemistry

Scientists have been linking an increasing range of behaviors and inclinations from monogamy to addiction to animals’, including humans’, underlying biology. To that growing list, they’re adding division of labor — at least in killer bees. A report...


Crop science booms in ‘The Triangle’ and strives to address population growth

Research Triangle Park (RTP) might not have the international renown that Silicon Valley has developed, but the North Carolina region has become a tech powerhouse in its own right – in crop science. A recent growth spurt promises intense new research with the...


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ACS Editors' Choice
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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

Why does bacon smell so good?

What is it about cooking bacon that makes it smell so good? The Reactions team puts its nose into everyone's favorite breakfast food. We teamed up with the Compound Interest blog to break down the science of that sweet smell.


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

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