ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: November 19, 2014

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As winter approaches, switching to cleaner heating oils could prevent health problems

With temperatures dipping, homeowners are firing up their heaters. But systems that require heating oil release fine particles outside that could have harmful health effects. Regulations to curb these emissions in New York City, however, could save...


Can eating blueberries really help you see better in the dark?

Blueberries are super stars among health food advocates, who tout the fruit for not only promoting heart health, better memory and digestion, but also for improving night vision. Scientists have taken a closer look at this latter claim and have found...


Paper electronics could make health care more accessible

Flexible electronic sensors based on paper — an inexpensive material — have the potential to cut the price of a wide range of medical tools, from helpful robots to diagnostic tests. Scientists have now developed a fast, low-cost way of making...


Discarded cigarette ashes could go to good use — removing arsenic from water

Arsenic, a well-known poison, can be taken out of drinking water using sophisticated treatment methods. But in places that lack the equipment or technical know-how required to remove it, it still laces drinking water and makes people sick. To tackle...


Could hydrogen vehicles take over as the ‘green’ car of choice?

Now that car makers have demonstrated through hybrid vehicle success that consumers want less-polluting tailpipes, they are shifting even greener. In 2015, Toyota will roll out the first hydrogen fuel-cell car for personal use that emits only...


Journalists’ Resources

Ebola Resources for Reporters
Have questions about the science underlying the ongoing Ebola crisis? ACS has set up a resource page on Ebola containing a list of related scientific papers, as well as Chemical & Engineering News articles, that journalists can access for free. It also includes a list of experts who can speak about this topic to the press. Visit our resource page at www.acs.org/Ebola.

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 Editors' Choice
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ACS National Meeting News

Couldn't go to the ACS 248th National Meeting & Exposition in Dallas? 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.

ACS Press Release Archive

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

ACS Videos

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ACS Video of the Month

Why Do Things Taste Sweet? - by Reactions

Ever wonder why your favorite sweets taste, well, sweet? Whether they’re made with sugar or artificial sweeteners, it all comes down to chemistry. Check out the video to find out more.

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C&EN Video Spotlight

Fighting a Killer Frog Fungus

Scientists are racing to stop a relentless, elusive killer... of frogs. The trouble is that the killer fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis or Bd, fights back. Find out more by watching the video.

Youtube ID: -UNKCuZDXv8

ACS Podcasts

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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