ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 10, 2014

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‘Electronic skin’ could improve early breast cancer detection

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an “electronic skin” that “feels” and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape...


 Mexican plant could lend the perfume industry more green credibility

The mere whiff of a dreamy perfume can help conjure new feelings or stir a longing for the past. But the creation of these alluring scents, from the high-end to the commonplace, can also incur an environmental toll. That could change as scientists...


A novel method for portable detection of potent drugs known as ‘bath salts’

Despite being outlawed in 2012 in the U.S., the synthetic drugs known as “bath salts” — which really aren’t meant for your daily bath — are still readily available in some retail shops, on the Internet and on the streets. To help law enforcement...


A natural way to monitor, and possibly control populations of, stink bugs

Anyone who has squashed a stink bug knows why they got their name. Although just a nuisance to homeowners, the insects feed on and damage fruits and vegetables, causing significant economic losses for farmers. Now scientists report...


Scientists express concern over long-term vision for satellite-based research

The U.S. has more than 30 civilian, Earth-observing satellites circling the planet, providing scientists with a torrent of crucial environmental and climate information. More satellites are on deck to launch in the next few years. But, according to a...


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ACS National Meeting News

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Toolkits on Global Challenges/Research Funding

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ACS Press Release Archive

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ACS Videos

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ACS Video of the Month

Is MSG bad for you? - by Reactions

Few ingredients come with as much baggage as MSG, or monosodium glutamate. In this video, we debunk MSG myths and explain why the scientific consensus is that this flavor enhancer, known for its savory umami flavor, is perfectly safe for the vast majority of people.

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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

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