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Packaging insulin into a pill-friendly form for diabetes treatment

Since insulin’s crucial discovery nearly a century ago, countless diabetes patients have had to inject themselves with the life-saving medicine. Now scientists are reporting a new development toward a long-sought...


Toward lowering titanium’s cost and environmental footprint for lightweight products

A novel method for extracting titanium, a metal highly valued for its light weight, high strength, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility, could lower its cost and make it more widely accessible, for example...


First plant-based ‘microswimmers’ could propel drugs to the right location

In the quest to shrink motors so they can maneuver in tiny spaces like inside and between human cells, scientists have taken inspiration from millions of years of plant evolution and incorporated, for the first time, corkscrew...


Burning biomass pellets instead of wood or plants in China could lower mercury emissions

For millions of homes, plants, wood and other types of “biomass” serve as an essential source of fuel, especially in developing countries, but their mercury content has raised flags among environmentalists and...


Suggested ban on trans fat begs the question: Are substitutes any healthier?

Health advocates cheered last month’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal to ban partially hydrogenated oils — which contain trans fats that increase the risk of heart disease...


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ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters
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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. 

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The Chemistry of Snowflakes - Bytesize Science
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Science Elements
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