ACS in the News

Weekly updates featuring some recent news media coverage of ACS.

NPR (Washington, DC: 131 million unique monthly visits)
"Are We Eating Our Fleece Jackets? Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food"
February 6, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

The innovation of synthetic fleece has allowed many outdoor enthusiasts to hike with warmth and comfort….The results, published in September of last year in Environmental Science and Technology, were eye-opening. Each wash of a jacket shed microfibers up to 2 grams.

More than 15 media outlets, including KQED Public Radio (San Francisco, CA: 2.5 million unique monthly visits), Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland, OR: 672,700 unique monthly visits) and Capital Public Radio (Sacramento, CA: 465,800 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Yahoo! Beauty (Sunnyvale, CA: 146.2 million unique monthly visits)
"Pesky Stink Bugs Might Make Your Wine Taste Like Cilantro"
February 6, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Stink bugs, specifically brown marmorated stink bugs, have been found in 43 states across the United States and in four Canadian provinces, posing a threat to the crops they encounter. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these bugs may change the taste of wine.

Four media outlets, including The Daily Meal (New York, NY: 698,900 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC: 34.2 million unique monthly visits)
"The science of excruciating pain, as when parents step barefoot on a Lego brick"
February 9, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

Tuesday night, in an act of movie-promotion-slash-celebrity-torture, comedian and actor Will Arnett walked barefoot across a pile of Lego bricks….In March, the American Chemical Society produced a video on the materials behind the “soul-crushing” phenomenon.

More than 35 media outlets, including MSN (New York, NY: 143.2 million unique monthly visits), Miami Herald (Miami, FL: 12.9 million unique monthly visits), Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC: 11.2 million unique monthly visits), Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CA: 10.3 million unique monthly visits), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA: 8.7 million unique monthly visits), The Twin Cities Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN: 7.3 million unique monthly visits) and the New Zealand Herald (Auckland, New Zealand: 6.6 million unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Fortune (New York, NY: 26.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Your Fast Food Wrapper Might Still Be Toxic"
February 2, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Despite an effort to clean up production of fast food wrappers, new research suggests a significant share likely still contain highly fluorinated chemicals linked to cancer and other ailments….Their findings, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters, reveal that 40% of overall samples tested positive for fluorine, which suggests the presence of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).

More than 20 media outlets, including Care2.com (Redwood City, CA: 11.1 million unique monthly visits), The Japan Times (Tokyo, Japan: 1.5 million unique monthly visits), The Hindu (Chennai, India: 804,500 unique monthly visits), KXAS NBC 5 (Fort Worth, TX: 766,500 unique monthly visits) and WTTG FOX 5 (Washington, DC: 533,300 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Mental Floss (Tampa, FL: 20.7 million unique monthly visits)
"What It Means If Your Snot Is Green"
February 6, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

Feeling sniffly, but not sure if you’re coming down with a bug? Take a cue from your used Kleenex. As the American Chemical Society's latest Reactions video explains, the color and consistency of snot can serve as a barometer of your health.

More than 10 media outlets, including Health Magazine (New York, NY: 13.5 million unique monthly visits), New York Magazine (New York, NY: 10.5 million unique monthly visits) and Cosmos Magazine (New York, NY: 302,000 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits)
"Commercial weight-loss drug could help treat opioid addiction"
February 8, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Scientists are working to come up with new therapies to curb America's opioid epidemic and aid hospitals, doctors and public health officials in this fight. Now one team reports in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience that the commercial weight-loss drug lorcaserin, when given to rats who had been self-administering oxycodone, appeared to reduce their use of and craving for the opioid.

Seven media outlets, including Medical Xpress (Tilburg, Netherlands: 1.7 million unique monthly visits), Knowridge (Sydney, Australia: 31,500 unique monthly visits) and Pharmaceutical Processing (Rockaway, NJ: 29,700 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

The Indian Express (India: 17.2 million unique monthly visits)
"Peacock feathers inspire researchers to develop ‘greener’ way to dye clothes"
February 6, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Inspired by the dazzling multi-coloured peacock feathers, researchers have developed a new and non-polluting method to colour textiles without the use of traditional dyes that enter streams and rivers, causing environmental pollution….The study appears in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Six media outlets, including Economic Times (New Delhi, India: 3.4 million unique monthly visits), Times of India (New Delhi, India: 3.2 million unique monthly visits) and The Lahore Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan: 178,100 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits)
"Exposure to a newer flame retardant has been on the rise"
February 8, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

Out of concern that flame retardants -- polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) -- cause health problems, the U.S. government worked with manufacturers to start phasing them out in 2004….Now researchers report in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters that exposure to at least one of the newer compounds has increased significantly over the past decade.

Five media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits), covered the story.

The A.V. Club (U.S.: 11.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Read This: Food scientist says MSG isn’t bad, is delicious"
February 7, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

In this age of organic, all-natural food, an argument in favor of MSG—a non-essential amino acid that’s often used as a flavor enhancer, especially in Chinese takeout—might not go over well. But food scientist Steve Witherly is not only speaking out against MSG’s bad reputation, but essentially positing it as the next must-have for your spice rack….[A video from the] American Chemical Society, for example, states that “MSG can temporarily affect a select few when consumed in huge quantities on an empty stomach, but it’s perfectly safe for the vast majority of people.”

Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits)
"Video: Milk versus dark chocolate: A scientific showdown"
February 7, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

Valentine's Day is nearly here. Whether you're spending it with your significant other or flying solo, chocolate is often in the mix. But which is the better choice: milk or dark chocolate? Reactions pits the two against each other in a scientific showdown, highlighting research on chocolate's potential health benefits, flavor, aphrodisiac properties and more.

Four media outlets, including Knowridge (Sydney, Australia: 31,500 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Bravo TV (Burbank, CA: 5.2 million unique monthly visits)
" 7 Secretly Sexy Foods You Didn't Know Were Aphrodisiacs"
February 6, 2017
Publicized in: EAC National Meeting news release

If you're planning on doing the cooking this Valentine's Day (because who wants to get gouged for an astronomical restaurant meal that'll be half the price the next night?), forget worrying about finding the perfect scented candles or making a sexy playlist, and focus more on tossing in a few all-natural aphrodisiacs to your recipes.... A study presented at the American Chemical Society annual meeting in 2005 stated that after scientists extracted two obscure amino acids from oysters (and mussels too) and injected them into rats, they triggered the release of testosterone in males and progesterone in females.

Laboratory Equipment (Rockaway, NJ: 685,600 unique monthly visits)
"The Search for Human Pheromones"
February 10, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

Molecules known as pheromones are a potent form of chemical communication in the animal kingdom, able to convey a creature's gender, fertility and more with scent alone….The latest episode of Speaking of Chemistry examines the quest for human pheromones, and what's really in those sketchy "pheromone" colognes.

Five media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits) and Knowridge (Sydney, Australia: 31,500 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Chemistry World (London, U.K.: 645,300 unique monthly visits)
"Synthetic cells pass Turing test and chat to natural counterparts"
February 7, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Artificial cells have been created that can ‘talk’ to bacteria – the first time two-way chemical communication between synthetic cells and natural cells has been achieved. (American Chemical Society) The work could provide a much sought after yardstick to determine how lifelike artificial cells are by their ability to fool natural cells, akin to the Turing test for machine intelligence. Further applications could involve artificial cells controlling complex networks of natural cells.

Five media outlets, including ZME Science (Bucharest, Romania: 136,200 unique monthly visits) and Wall Street Pit (New York, NY: 57,000 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Environmental News Network (33,400 unique monthly visits)
"Recycling yogurt waste to produce electricity, nutrients and more dairy foods"
February 8. 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

America’s appetite for Greek yogurt has skyrocketed over the past decade. But for every container of Greek yogurt consumed, you could fill two or three more with the acid whey it produces. The cover story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, takes a look at the interesting ways scientists are making use of the byproduct.

Yahoo! Tech (Sunnyvale, CA: 146.2 million unique monthly visits)
"Going Green: Tomorrow’s tires could be made from your lawn clippings"
February 10, 2017

Tire production is a multi-billion dollar industry that manufactures billions of tires every single year….However, things could soon change due to new research coming out of the University of Minnesota, where chemists have developed a more eco-friendly way to manufacture tires by making them out of grass and trees — and without affecting the color, shape or performance in the process. The research was published this week in the journal ACS Catalysis.

More than 15 media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits), University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN: 4.2 million unique monthly visits), WCCO CBS 4 (Minneapolis, MN: 665,700 unique monthly visits), Digital Trends (Toronto, Canada: 570,000 unique monthly visits) and R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 158,900 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

MSN (New York, NY: 143.2 million unique monthly visits)
"15 Worst Things About Valentine's Day Chocolates"
February 2, 2017

Cocoa powder is naturally acidic, and this can be a major flavor turnoff for many people's palates….And when we say significantly, we're talking a nearly 90 percent decrease in these flavanols, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Gizmodo (U.S.: 117.1 million unique monthly visits)
"Can We Charge Batteries With Greenhouse Gases?"
February 10, 2017

Climate change is bad, and humans are causing it with all of our cars and factories belching greenhouse gases into the atmosphere….The researchers can recharge the battery by switching the solution, and published their results in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters last month.

Five media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits) and Silicon Republic (Dublin, Ireland: 104,800 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Huffington Post (New York, NY: 76.9 million unique monthly visits)
"Should Scientists Engage In Activism?"
February 8, 2017

Have you heard that scientists are planning a march on Washington? ... In October, a remarkable editorial appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The essay, by University of California, Berkeley engineering professor and Water Center Director David Sedlak, ES&T’s editor-in-chief, expressed concern that some of his colleagues in the field had crossed the “imaginary line” between scientist and advocate.

More than 18 media outlets, including CNBC News (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: 17.3 million unique monthly visits), Vox (New York, NY: 17.2 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits), San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA: 9.0 million unique monthly visits), LiveScience (New York, NY: 5.2 million unique monthly visits) and Albany Times Union (Albany, NY: 912,000 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Time (New York, NY: 52.8 million unique monthly visits)
"9 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Citrus"
February 9, 2017

You already know that citrus (like oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes and grapefruit) is an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C—which is why so many people reach for these fruits during cold and flu season…. In a study of patients who had undergone bypass surgery published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers found that antioxidant-rich red grapefruit helped lower "bad" LDL cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels.

Five media outlets, including Health Magazine (New York, NY: 13.5 million unique monthly visits) and Southern Living (Tampa, FL: 1.1 million unique monthly visits), covered the story.

The Epoch Times (China: 50 million unique monthly visits)
"Chocolate for Your Sweetheart"
February 11, 2017

Chocolate doesn’t just come in heart shaped boxes, but it might also be good for your real heart, too….According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, in terms of healthy antioxidant content, the chocolate hierarchy in order from best to worst is: cocoa powder, unsweetened baking chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate, chocolate syrup.

Forbes (New York, NY: 49.3 million unique monthly visits)
"The Super Bowl Ad With Bill Nye Got At Least Three Chemistry Details Wrong"
February 5, 2017

Let’s get something out of the way. I love Bill Nye….The American Chemical Society has an entire division dedicated to chemical safety. The #chemsafety hashtag on Twitter is an active community where professionals talk about safety questions and issues in their labs and in the news.

Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 24.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Will your next spectacles have METAL lenses? Harvard researchers reveal radical new material that could replace glass in everything from phones to eyewear"
February 8, 2017

Harvard researchers have created a new lens material that is much thinner than glass….Zhujun Shi, a PhD student in Professor Carpasso's lab and a co-author of the research published in the journal Nano Letters, said: 'This platform is based on single step lithography and is compatible with high throughput manufacturing technique such as nano-imprinting.'

Nine media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits), UPI (Washington, DC: 3.0 million unique monthly visits), Laboratory Equipment (Rockaway, NJ: 685,600 unique monthly visits) and Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Yahoo! Tech (Sunnyvale, CA: 146.2 million unique monthly visits)
"A new study uses cancer-seeking fluorescents to light the way for surgeons"
February 7, 2017

Scientists have developed a new method for helping surgeons recognize and remove even the smallest cancerous tumors — by quite literally lighting the way with tiny fluorescent particles. As described in a new study published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Omega, the technique involves loading microscopic expansile nanoprobes with the fluorescent particles.

Four media outlets, including Digital Trends (Portland, OR: 17.3 million unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Mental Floss (Tampa, FL: 20.7 million unique monthly visits)
"High-Tech Paper Could Be Reused Up to 80 Times"
February 7, 2017

Even in an increasingly digital world, there's still a need for printed text….The paper, described in Nano Letters, is blue rather than white, and it's covered in a nanoparticle coating that is sensitive to UV light. These titanium dioxide nanoparticles are mixed with Prussian blue pigment (the blue color in blueprints), which becomes colorless when its particles gain electrons.

Six media outlets, including Seeker (San Francisco, CA: 1.1 million unique monthly visits) and ZME Science (Bucharest, Romania: 136,200 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Tech Times (New York, NY: 15.6 million unique monthly visits)
"Move Over Graphene: Scientists Simulate New Material Tougher Than Graphene"
February 7, 2017

The superiority of graphene as the hardest, highly flexible and stronger material with superconducting qualities is under challenge after researchers from Rice University simulated a one-dimensional chain of boron atoms….The research has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Four media outlets, including Futurism (1.9 million unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits)
"Building a better microbial fuel cell, using paper"
February 6, 2017

The concept behind microbial fuel cells, which rely on bacteria to generate an electrical current, is more than a century old….Their findings have been published in ACS Energy Letters.

More than 10 media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits), UPI (Washington, DC: 3.0 million unique monthly visits), Digital Journal (Toronto, Canada: 570,000 unique monthly visits) and R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 158,900 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC: 11.2 million unique monthly visits)
"Element from coal ash that can cause deformities in fish found in NC lakes"
February 7, 2017

High levels of an element found in coal ash have been detected in fish in two lakes where Duke Energy coal-fired power plants are located, Duke University researchers reported Tuesday….The peer-reviewed study was published Monday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

More than 12 media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits), Duke University News (Durham, NC: 2.7 million unique monthly visits), WBTV CBS 3 (Charlotte, NC: 400,000 unique monthly visits) and The Durham Herald-Sun (Durham, SC: 54,700 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Harvard University News (Cambridge, MA: 9.9 million unique monthly visits)
"Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep"
February 9, 2017

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new flow battery that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water….The research, published in ACS Energy Letters, was led by Michael Aziz, the Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies and Roy Gordon, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science.

Nine media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits), Interesting Engineering (933,400 unique monthly visits), Steemit (633,400 unique monthly visits), Digital Trends (Toronto, Canada: 570,000 unique monthly visits), Science Blog (85,300 unique monthly visits) and Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits)
"Overcoming hurdles in CRISPR gene editing to improve treatment"
February 7, 2017

More and more scientists are using the powerful new gene-editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9, a technology isolated from bacteria, that holds promise for new treatment of such genetic diseases as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and hemophilia….Details appear in a recent issue of the journal ACS Nano.

Six media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits), University of Massachusetts News (Amherst, MA: 1.5 million unique monthly visits) and Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

SheKnows (Scottsdale, AZ: 4.3 million unique monthly visits)
"5 Health Myths About Tea We Need to Stop Believing"
February 8, 2017

First things first: Let’s give tea the credit it’s due….A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry claimed that the same amount of catechins (antioxidants linked with a reduced risk of some cancers) were absorbed from tea with milk as from tea without.

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA: 3.4 million unique monthly visits)
"Slime is back! The gross, sticky, goopy mess is a hit again with kids"
February 9, 2017

Drugstores are struggling to keep glue – yes, ordinary white schoolhouse glue – on the shelves….Sarquis taught teachers how to use slime as a classroom tool, though back in the 1980s she called it "gluep," and published several related papers in the Journal of Chemical Education.

UPI (Washington, DC: 3.0 million unique monthly visits)
"Scientists develop new stem cell technique for bone repair"
February 8, 2017

Researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, or UNIST, have developed a method of repairing bone using a mix of stem cells and a carbon material with photocatalytic properties….The study was published in ACS Nano.

Six media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits) and R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 158,900 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, FL: 2.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Why Getting Outside is So Good for You"
February 12, 2017

John Keats once wrote, "The poetry of the earth is never dead."...According to the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science & Technology, as little as five minutes exercising in a park, working in a backyard garden, hiking on a nature trail, or even sitting in a plant-filled setting will benefit your mental health.

Four media outlets, including WSB Radio (Atlanta, GA: 329,000 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

Rice University News (Houston, TX: 1.3 million unique monthly visits)
"Better scaffolds help scientists study cancer"
February 8, 2017

Testing treatments for bone cancer tumors may get easier with new enhancements to sophisticated support structures that mimic their biological environment, according to Rice University scientists….The research is detailed in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering.

Nine media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits), 3Dprint.com (433,300 unique monthly visits), 3Ders (309,200 unique monthly visits), Texas Medical Center (Houston, TX: 304,100 unique monthly visits), Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits) and TCT Magazine (U.K.: 29,200 unique monthly visits), covered the story.

… TV and Radio News

WISH-IN (CW) (Indianapolis, IN: local viewership 41,100)
WISH-IN (CW)
February 6, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

[Transcript]...So you would think those meds would work really well for those feeling under the weather. But according to several studies and reviews compiled over the last ten years, that's just not the case. The American Chemical Society is the latest to weigh-in on cough care. Cough syrups are intended to do things like suppress the cough reflex and help with decongestion, but most show no benefit in clinical reviews or conflicting results.

… From the Blogs

Asian Scientist
"Nanoparticles That Help Crops Absorb Fertilizers"
February 7, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Nanoparticle-based slow-release fertilizer could help reduce the amount of fertilizer used while improving food production in developing nations. A study describing a method to create this environmentally-friendly solution has been published in ACS Nano.

Wessex Life Science Cluster
"Recycling yogurt waste to produce electricity, nutrients and more dairy foods"
February 8, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

America's appetite for Greek yogurt has skyrocketed over the past decade. But for every container of Greek yogurt consumed, you could fill two or three more with the acid whey it produces. The cover story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, takes a look at the interesting ways scientists are making use of the byproduct.

CNN (Atlanta, GA: 67.3 million unique monthly visits)
"Report finds chemicals in one-third of fast food packaging"
February 1, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Most of the time, when you order fast food, you know exactly what you're getting: an inexpensive meal that tastes great but is probably loaded with fat, cholesterol and sodium. But it turns out that the packaging your food comes in could also have a negative impact on your health, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

More than 150 media outlets, including Yahoo! News (Sunnyvale, CA: 146.2 million unique monthly visits), MSN (New York, NY: 143.2 million unique monthly visits), Voice of America News (Washington, DC: weekly audience 123.0 million), Gizmodo (U.S.: 117.1 million unique monthly visits), Huffington Post (New York, NY: 76.9 million unique monthly visits), The Telegraph (London, U.K.: 55 million unique monthly visits), Reuters (New York, NY: 49.8 million unique monthly visits), Forbes (New York, NY: 49.3 million unique monthly visits), RT.com (Moscow, Russia: 39.8 million unique monthly visits), Business Insider (New York, NY: 37.9 million unique monthly visits), Fox News (New York, NY: 37.4 million unique monthly visits), The Washington Post (Washington, DC: 34.2 million unique monthly visits), Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 24.8 million unique monthly visits), The Verge (New York, NY: 24.5 million unique monthly visits), Refinery29 (New York, NY: 23.7 million unique monthly visits), The New York Post (New York, NY: 23.6 million unique monthly visits), Mother Jones (San Francisco, CA: 18.1 million unique monthly visits), Bloomberg Businessweek (New York, NY: 17.6 million unique monthly visits) and CBS News (New York, NY: 15.8 million unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits)
"A cheaper way to make a WHO-designated essential medicine"
February 1, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

A fungal form of meningitis leads to more than 600,000 deaths in Africa every year and is responsible for 20 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths globally, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An existing medicine could help curb these numbers, but its cost has been a barrier to access in some places. Now, scientists report in the ACS journal Organic Process Research & Development a more affordable way to make the drug.

Eight media outlets, including Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits), Digital Journal (Toronto, Canada: 570,000 unique monthly visits), Drug Discovery & Development (Rockaway, NJ: 96,600 unique monthly visits) and Pharmaceutical Processing (Rockaway, NJ: 29,000 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits)
"Peacock colors inspire 'greener' way to dye clothes"
February 1, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

"Fast fashion" might be cheap, but its high environmental cost from dyes polluting the water near factories has been well documented. To help stem the tide of dyes from entering streams and rivers, scientists report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a nonpolluting method to color textiles using 3-D colloidal crystals.

Eight media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits), Laboratory Equipment (Rockaway, NJ: 685,600 unique monthly visits), Digital Journal (Toronto, Canada: 570,000 unique monthly visits) and Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Attn (Los Angeles, CA: 4.5 million unique monthly visits)
"What Your Breath Could Tell Your Doctor"
February 3, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Your bad breath just might save your life, at least now that medical researchers are using breath tests to detect early signs of esophageal and stomach cancers….In a December 2016 study, published in American Chemical Society Nano, researchers used artificial intelligence to monitor chemical levels in breath samples for 17 diseases.

Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits)
"Closer look at what caused the Flint water crisis"
February 1, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

Flint, Michigan, continues to grapple with the public health crisis that unfolded as lead levels in its tap water spiked to alarming levels. Now the scientists who helped uncover the crisis have tested galvanized iron pipes extracted from the "ground zero" house. They confirm in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology that the lead that had accumulated on the interior surface of the pipes was the most likely source of the lead contamination.

Five media outlets, including Michigan Live (MI: 6.7 million unique monthly visits) and Science Blog (85,300 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Science Alert (9.1 million unique monthly visits)
"These artificial cells are not alive - but they just passed the Turing test"
January 30, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

Scientists have built artificial cells that are so life-like, they've tricked natural cells into thinking they're communicating with one of their own….The research has been published in ACS Science.

Seven media outlets, including Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 24.8 million unique monthly visits), Futurism (1.9 million unique monthly visits), Seeker (San Francisco, CA: 1.1 million unique monthly visits) and The Scientist (250,500 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Medical Daily (New York, NY: 4.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Super Bowl Sunday Diet Tips: 7 Ways To Eat, Drink, And Be Healthy On Game Day"
February 2, 2017
Publicized in: EAC National Meeting news release

Super Bowl Sunday marks the battle between two sets of rivals: the National Football Conference versus the American Football Conference; and us versus food….In a study, presented at the 2006 American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, researchers found pine nuts helped to suppress appetite.

Medical Xpress (Tilburg, Netherlands: 1.7 million unique monthly visits)
"What to expect from big pharma in 2017"
February 1, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved just 22 new therapeutic drugs, which is less than half the number approved in 2015. The cover story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explains why 2016 was such a lackluster year for new medicines, and whether it was an anomaly or the start of a longer term pharmaceutical slow-down.

Science Magazine (Washington, DC: 2.7 million unique monthly visits)
"‘Slow-release’ fertilizer boosts crop yields, reduces environmental damage"
February 3, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

For billions of people around the world, rice is a primary source of calories and protein….The rows fertilized with the urea-hydroxyapatite duo yielded roughly 10% more rice than those fertilized with only pure urea, the team reports in ACS Nano.

Five media outlets, including Zee News (India: 471,700 unique monthly visits) and Business Standard (India: 360,300 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Laboratory Equipment (Rockaway, NJ: 685,600 unique monthly visits)
What Your Mucus Says About Your Health
February 1, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

What Your Mucus Says About Your Health by American Chemical Society. It's peak cold and flu season, and mucus is making many of our lives miserable. But despite being a little icky, phlegm gets a bad rap. This germ-fighting goo contains cells and chemical compounds that help us power through a cold.

Seven media outlets, including Huffington Post (New York, NY: 76.9 million unique monthly visits), Lifehacker (U.S.: 27.3 million unique monthly visits), Science Alert (9.1 million unique monthly visits) and The Northern Star (Northern Rivers, Australia: 82,000 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

The Scientist (New York, NY: 250,500 unique monthly visits)
"Bacterial Biosensor IDs Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals"
February 3, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), compounds that interfere with native hormonal receptors, has been associated with everything from obesity to cancer….Although these compounds are not trivial to find, last month (January 11) in ACS Central Science, a team at the University of California, Berkeley, reported on a new method for detection, which it developed using Escherichia coli bacteria.

BuzzFeed (New York, NY: 189.3 million unique monthly visits)
"These Nobel Prize Winners Show Why Immigration Is So Important For American Science"
January 31, 2017

As protests have mounted against immigration controls introduced by President Donald Trump, scientists have joined the outcry…. “It’s not only science and technology that we’re concerned about. It’s about human decency and dignity for everybody,” Bassam Shakhashiri of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a former president of the American Chemical Society, told BuzzFeed News.

MSN (New York, NY: 143.2 million unique monthly visits)
"41 Guilt-Free Super Bowl Snacks"
January 7, 2017

This smoky chili gets its richness from a touch of unsweetened cocoa powder and unsweetened chocolate….[Reference:] Metabolic effects of dark chocolate consumption on energy, gut microbiota, and stress-related metabolism in free-living subjects. Martin FP, Rezzi S, Peré-Trepat E. Journal of Proteome Research.

Time (New York, NY: 52.8 million unique monthly visits)
"Why Purple Yams Are the Trendiest New Dessert Ingredient"
January 30, 2017

Have you noticed the gorgeous, violet-hued desserts popping up on Instagram and Pinterest lately?...In a recent Japanese study, published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers fed groups of mice a fatty diet with and without anthocyanins.

Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits)
"How to bring lithium-air batteries closer to practice"
January 31, 2017

Scientists from the Faculties of Materials Science and Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, are working on improvement of lithium-air batteries, which can significantly exceed the key parameters of lithium-ion systems. The research results are available in an article published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

Four media outlets, including Azo Materials (Sydney, Australia: 60,000 unique monthly visits) and ChemEurope.com (Germany: 47,500 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Popular Mechanics (New York, NY: 4.5 million unique monthly visits)
"Scientists Develop New Printing Technique Using Light"
February 2, 2017

A team of scientists have developed a way to print on paper using light instead of ink. This new printing method could be used by large-scale printers such as newspapers and could both save money and reduce pollution. Their results were published in the journal Nano Letters.

More than 10 media outlets, including Daily Mail (London, U.K.: 24.8 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits), Science Alert (9.1 million unique monthly visits), Quartz (New York, NY: 7.3 million unique monthly visits), Fast Company (New York, NY: 3.6 million unique monthly visits), NextBigFuture (534,000 unique monthly visits) and Facts Keeper (Hyderabad, India: 23,400 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

Science Magazine (Washington, DC: 2.7 million unique monthly visits)
"Will they or won’t they? What science groups are saying about joining the March for Science"
February 2, 2017

The upcoming March for Science, set for 22 April, is creating a buzz in the scientific community….The American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington, D.C. “The American Chemical Society is impressed with [the] number of individuals who have already voiced their support for science and the march—it is a testament to the grassroots organizing power of social media. ACS is currently seeking to gain greater insight into the goals and messaging of the march to determine if there is an appropriate role for the Society,” reads a statement from ACS (more than 157,000 members).

Digital Journal (Toronto, Canada: 570,000 unique monthly visits)
"Hydrogen production advanced through electron spinning"
January 5, 2017

Hydrogen is one of the potential renewable energy sources and part of the strategy to reduce the use of fossil fuels….The research has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Five media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits), Phys.Org (Tilburg, Netherlands: 9.3 million unique monthly visits) and The Green Optimistic (31,300 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

R&D Magazine (Rockaway, NJ: 158,900 unique monthly visits)
"New Study Boosts Cell Tracking Agents"
January 30, 2017

A newly discovered compound could lead to breakthrough treatments for various diseases….“But we're in a position to start preclinical studies now that we've determined how well we can load cells and the fact that cells are not seemingly harmed by the technology and short bursts of X-rays,” Wilson said. The study was published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Four media outlets, including Science Daily (Sandy Hook, CT: 15.1 million unique monthly visits) and Nanowerk (Honolulu, HI: 84,500 unique monthly visits) covered the story.

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WKBW-BUF (ABC) (Buffalo, NY: local viewership 16,800)
"Does cough syrup really work?"
January 30, 2017
Publicized in: EAC news release

[Transcript] Researchers have found out that the most popular cough medicines don't do anything to stop coughing. In fact, the American Chemical Society even says cough syrups are a waste of money.

Four media outlets, including WMBF (NBC) (Myrtle Beach, SC: local viewership 13,100) covered the story.

… From the Blogs

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"Latest fast food health risk: The wrapper"
February 2, 2017
Publicized in: EAC PressPac

Fast food packaging contains chemicals that could be harmful, a new study suggests. Writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, researchers from the Silent Spring Institute say the grease-proof packaging often used by fast food chains contain potentially dangerous fluorinated chemicals and can leak into the food.

Youth Health Magazine
"10 Benefits of Eating Onions: Onions are known to be good for hypertension"
February 2, 2017

There is no difference in the efficacy of onions, whether they are cooked or boiled….Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have reported that certain chemicals in onions have been shown to reduce bone loss in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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