ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: November 05, 2014

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Could non-gluten proteins play a role in celiac disease?

Although gluten-free foods are trendy among the health-conscious, they are necessary for those with celiac disease. But gluten, the primary trigger for health problems in these patients, may not be the only culprit. Scientists are reporting in ACS’ Journal of...


Longhorn beetle inspires ink to fight counterfeiting

From water marks to colored threads, governments are constantly adding new features to paper money to stay one step ahead of counterfeiters. Now a longhorn beetle has inspired yet another way to foil cash fraud, as well as to produce colorful, changing...


Breaking down BPA and similar pollutants with sunlight, nanoparticles and graphene

Many pollutants with the potential to meddle with hormones — with bisphenol A (BPA) as a prime example — are already common in the environment. In an effort to clean up these pollutants found in the soil and waterways, scientists are now reporting a novel...


An in-depth look at hydraulic fracturing’s possible effects on water, air and health

The controversial oil and gas production technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has led to a boom in the U.S. energy industry in recent years. But many questions remain over the potential environmental and health tolls this process is...


Toward eliminating ‘sick-building syndrome’ with low-cost air purifiers

If you’re inside, chances are you’re breathing in low levels of indoor air pollution, a mix of volatile organic compounds and other gaseous substances that can accumulate in buildings and potentially make you sick. An article in Chemical & Engineering News...


Journalists’ Resources

Ebola Resources for Reporters
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ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters
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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

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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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