ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Aug 27 11:45:00 EDT 2014

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Potential therapy for the Sudan strain of ebola could help contain some future outbreaks

Ebola is a rare, but deadly disease that exists as five strains, none of which have approved therapies. One of the most lethal strains is the Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV). Although not the strain currently devastating West Africa, SUDV has caused...


How to prevent organic food fraud

A growing number of consumers are willing to pay a premium for fruits, vegetables and other foods labelled “organic”, but whether they’re getting what the label claims is another matter. Now scientists studying conventional and organic tomatoes are...


New study throws into question long-held belief about depression

New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin — a chemical messenger in the brain — plays a central role in depression. In the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, scientists report that mice lacking the a...


Nature inspires a greener way to make colorful plastics

Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process — think stunning, bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping into those secrets to develop a more...


Taking aim at added sugars to improve Americans’ health

Now that health advocates’ campaigns against trans-fats have largely succeeded in sidelining the use of the additive, they’re taking aim at sugar for its potential contributions to Americans’ health conditions. But scientists and policymakers are...


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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.

ACS Press Release Archive

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ACS Videos

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ACS Video of the Month

How do rockets work? - by Reactions

Through the fun of the Kerbal Space Program, we examine the chemistry of rockets. Featuring Doane College Postdoctoral Fellow Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., we look at solid and liquid propellants and the “ride-able explosion” that is a rocket launch.

Youtube ID: UEoWoQ_Nyaw


C&EN Video Spotlight

Improving the Tesla battery

Battery technology firms are closing in on the huge mass market for plug-in electric cars, but the road ahead is anything but smooth. To go on a test ride of the Tesla Model S electric car with a C&EN reporter

Youtube ID: _MkPu6K0IIk

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