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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: November 20, 2013

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Solar-powered battery woven into fabric overcomes hurdle for ‘wearable electronics’

Though some people already seem inseparable from their smartphones, even more convenient, wearable, solar-powered electronics could be on the way soon, woven into clothing fibers or incorporated into watchbands...


Reducing the salt in bread without losing saltiness, thanks to a texture trick

Want to make bread taste pleasantly salty without adding more salt? Change the bread’s texture so it is less dense, say scientists. They report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that...


Hormone therapy could enhance the therapeutic effect of head and facial bone grafts

Bone grafts, which are used to treat head injuries and birth defects, still pose major medical challenges, but scientists are reporting progress toward a new hormone therapy that could improve the outcomes of these surgeries...


Toward a urine test for detecting blood clots

Detecting dangerous blood clots, which can cause life-threatening conditions such as strokes and heart attacks, leading causes of death for men and women in the U.S., has been a coveted and elusive goal...


Dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons in the midst of war

Syria no longer has the capacity to produce new chemical weapons en masse, but arms control experts caution that what remains is the more difficult job of destroying the existing stockpile in the midst of the country’s brutal civil war...


Journalists’ Resources

ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters
On a deadline? Need a reliable explanation of a chemistry concept? Then you need an ACS Expert. We have a growing list of scientists who can comment about neuroscience, green chemistry, pharmaceutical science, policy issues and much more. Just contact us at newsroom@acs.org.

ACS National Meeting News
Couldn't go to the ACS 246th National Meeting & Exposition in Indianapolis? Then check out our resources for info you might have missed:
Press releases: www.eurekalert.org/acsmeet.php
Press conferences: www.ustream.tv/channel/acslive

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
Visit our press release archive for news on a variety of chemistry-related topics.

ACS Videos

The American Chemical Society encourages news organizations, museums, educational organizations and other websites to embed links to these videos.

ACS Video of the Month:
The Chemistry of Natural Dyes - Bytesize Science

From crimson red to lavender to mustard yellow, vibrant hues can be coaxed from common (and a few uncommon) ingredients to add color to fabrics. The ACS' Bytesize Science series explains the chemistry behind natural dyes with a new episode filmed at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. The episode is available at http://youtu.be/Gwk1B66dvAM.

C&EN Video Spotlight:
Reporting on a 30-Year-Old Historic Tire Fire

In 1983, some 7 million tires caught fire in Winchester, Va. The resulting inferno raged for nine months before it went out. As the rubber melted, it turned into oil that soaked into the ground and ran downhill toward a stream. Years later, the spot where the fire had occurred became a Superfund site and was eventually cleaned up. In researching the event for a story, C&EN Senior Correspondent Steve Ritter traveled to Winchester to see the site and talk with reporters who originally covered the fire. In this clip, he sits down with C&EN Associate Editor Lauren K. Wolf to talk about his detective work. Read the story and watch the video.

ACS Podcasts

Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions 
This special series of ACS podcasts focuses on some of the 21st century’s most daunting challenges, and how chemists and other scientists are finding solutions. Listen to the podcasts at www.acs.org/GlobalChallenges.

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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