ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: November 06, 2013

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News Items in This Edition


Osteoarthritis medicine delivered on-demand

Scientists are reporting development of a squishy gel that when compressed — like at a painful knee joint — releases anti-inflammatory medicine...


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 researchers...


‘Tearless’ onions could help in the fight against cardiovascular disease, weight gain

Onions, a key ingredient in recipes around the globe, come in a tearless version that scientists are now reporting could pack health benefits like its close relative, garlic, which is renowned for protecting against heart disease...


Radioactive materials and contaminants found at fracking wastewater disposal site

A new study has found that liquid wastes from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” that was treated and released into local streams in Pennsylvania still contained elevated levels of salts and other contaminants, which could be dangerous to aquatic life and human health...


Companies close to reusing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide

Reusing the major greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial plants — rather than releasing its warming potential into the environment — is on the verge of becoming a commercial reality...


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

Bytesize Science, a podcast for young listeners
Bytesize Science
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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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