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Government scientists are reporting that eight of the most commonly used oil dispersants used to fight oil spills, such as the massive episode in the Gulf of Mexico, appear unlikely to act as endocrine disrupters — hormone-like substances that can interfere with reproduction, development, and other biological processes. The tested dispersants also had a relatively...

A new form of paper with the built-in ability to fight disease-causing bacteria could have applications that range from anti-bacterial bandages to food packaging that keeps food fresher longer to shoes that ward off foot odor. A report about the new material, which consists of the thinnest possible sheets of carbon, appears in ACS Nano, a monthly journal. Chunhai Fan, Qing Huang...

Scientists are reporting an in-depth validation of the discovery of the world’s first mass producible, low-cost, organoclays for plastics. The powdered material, made from natural clay, would be a safer, more environmentally friendly replacement for the compound widely used to make plastics nanocomposites. A report on the research appears in ACS’ Macromolecules, a bi-weekly...

Capsaicin, the stuff that gives chili peppers their kick, may cause weight loss and fight fat buildup by triggering certain beneficial protein changes in the body, according to a new study on the topic. The report, which could lead to new treatments for obesity, appears in ACS’ monthly Journal of Proteome Research. Jong Won Yun and colleagues point out that obesity is a major...

Millions of people are taking herbs and other plant-based dietary supplements to improve their health, but they have precious little information on the actual effectiveness or potential ill effects of these products. That’s the topic of an article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Editor Celia Henry Arnaud suggests…

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  • Press registration opens for ACS August 2010 National Meeting in Boston
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    now is open for the ACS’ 240th National Meeting & Exposition in Boston August 22-26, 2010, with almost 8,000 reports on news advances in science. Watch for further information in the months ahead.
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  • Must-reads from C&EN: Consumer drug disposal dilemma
    Consumers who want to safely dispose of leftover prescription medications often get confusing and conflicting information — ranging from mixing the pills with kitty litter to flushing it. That has fostered calls for new federal regulations and guidelines. For details, contact m_bernstein@acs.org.
  • Capitol Hill Briefing on Oil Spill Dispersants
    The ACS Science & the Congress Project and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers are sponsoring a briefing on the use of oil dispersants for oil spills, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on July 29 in the Capitol Visitors Center, Senate side, Room 202/203. A panel of experts, including Ken Lee of Canada’s Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research, Albert Venosa of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Robert Diaz of the Virginia Marine Sciences Institute, and Nancy Kinner of the University of New Hampshire, will speak on the science, use, implications, and future of oil dispersants. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will give opening remarks. To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/Oil-Dispersants.
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    is a series of articles that showcases the value of CAS databases in light of important general-interest science and technology news. Topics range from fruit flies to Nobel Prize winners, with the CAS - Science Connections series pointing to CAS databases for a more complete understanding of the latest news.
  • The Laser’s 50th
    From DVD players to eye surgery, the laser stands as one of the greatest inventions of modern times — one that truly revolutionized everyday life. Laserfest is a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser, which was first demonstrated in 1960.

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