ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: March 26, 2014

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Real-life CSI: What can investigators really tell from gunshot residue?

The popular TV series “CSI” is fiction, but every day, real-life investigators and forensic scientists collect and analyze evidence to determine what happened at crime scenes. In a study published in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, scientists say they have...


An answer to the perennial question: Is it safe to pee in the pool?

Sanitary-minded pool-goers who preach “no peeing in the pool,” despite ordinary and Olympic swimmers admitting to the practice, now have scientific evidence to back up their concern. Researchers are reporting that when mixed...


Beer marinade could reduce levels of potentially harmful substances in grilled meats

The smells of summer — the sweet fragrance of newly opened flowers, the scent of freshly cut grass and the aroma of meats cooking on the backyard grill — will soon be upon us. Now, researchers are reporting that the very same beer that many people enjoy at backyard barbeques could...


Improving explosives detectors for remote sensing: The beginning of 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...


Health concerns swirl around electronic cigarettes

With sales of electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” on the rise and expected to hit $1.5 billion this year, concerns over potential health risks of using the trendy devices are also gaining momentum and political clout. An article in Chemical & Engineering News ...


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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
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ACS Press Release Archive
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ACS Video of the Month

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ACS Video of the Month
The Chemistry of Sriracha — Reactions
Forget ketchup and mustard — Sriracha might be the world’s new favorite condiment. Beloved by millions for its unique spicy, garlicky, slightly sweet flavor, the chemistry of “rooster sauce” is the subject of the American Chemical Society’s latest Reactions video. Watch the video.

C&EN Video Spotlight
An Ant's Acid Antidote
Fire ants and tawny crazy ants often battle over food. Despite being smaller, tawny crazy ants seem to have the upper hand, and now scientists have a theory as to why. To find out what gives the crazy ants' their edge, watch this video

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Science Elements
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