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Picturing pain could help unlock its mysteries and lead to better treatments

Understanding the science behind pain, from a simple “ouch” to the chronic and excruciating, has been an elusive goal for centuries. But now, researchers are reporting a promising step toward studying pain...


Personal care products are possible sources of potentially harmful parabens for babies

Through lotions, shampoos and other personal care products (PCPs), infants and toddlers are likely becoming exposed to potentially harmful substances, called parabens, at an even higher level than...


New way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Target human cells instead

As more reports appear of a grim “post-antibiotic era” ushered in by the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, a new strategy for fighting infection is emerging that targets a patient’s cells rather than...


Improving detection of radioactive material in nuclear waste water

As the Fukushima crisis continues to remind the world of the potential dangers of nuclear disposal and unforeseen accidents, scientists are reporting progress toward a new way to detect the...


New labs sprouting up to test cannabis — and the law

Grandaddy Purple, Blueberry Yum Yum and other pot products may now be legal for medical use in 20 states and the District of Columbia, but how do patients know what dose they’re...


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ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters
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ACS National Meeting News
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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. An additional toolkit on sustainability in the global food supply will be available later in 2013. 

ACS Press Release Archive
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ACS Video of the Month:
The Chemistry of Snowflakes - Bytesize Science
If you haven’t seen them fall yet where you live, you can catch a glimpse of snowflakes in this video from ACS’ Bytesize Science series. See them evolve from specks of dust in the clouds into dazzling flakes. Watch this episode.

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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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