ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Apr 08 11:45:00 EDT 2015

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A new piece in the ‘French paradox’ puzzle — cheese metabolism

Figuring out why the French have low cardiovascular disease rates despite a diet high in saturated fats has spurred research and many theories to account for this phenomenon known as the “French paradox.” Most explanations focus on wine and lifestyle...


How unwanted CDs and DVDs could help cut carbon emissions

Now that most consumers download and stream their movies and music, more and more CDs and DVDs will end up in landfills or be recycled. But soon these discarded discs could take on a different role: curbing the release of greenhouse gases. In the...


Turning to freshwater sources to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis, other infections

The discovery of antibiotics produced by soil fungi and bacteria gave the world life-saving medicine. But new antimicrobials from this resource have become scarce as the threat of drug resistance grows. Now, scientists have started mining lakes...


Silk could be new 'green' material for next-generation batteries

Lithium-ion batteries have enabled many of today's electronics, from portable gadgets to electric cars. But much to the frustration of consumers, none of these batteries last long without a recharge. Now scientists report in the journal ACS Nano...


Tension between politics and science soothed — for now

Over the past two years, politicians have questioned the value of dozens of projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), many of which focus on social sciences and climate change. But a new agreement on transparency has led to an...


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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 San Francisco? Then check out our resources for info you might have missed:
Press releases: www.eurekalert.org/acsmeet.php
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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

Sugar Vs. High Fructose Corn Syrup - by Reactions

It seems like it's in just about every product on store shelves: high fructose corn syrup. What is it and how is it different from regular old sugar? Reactions answers those sweet questions. 

Youtube ID: fXMvregmU1g

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C&EN Video Spotlight

Hypoallergenic Isn't Really a Thing

It’s a simple claim made on thousands of personal care products for adults and kids: hypoallergenic. But what does that actually mean? Turns out, it can mean whatever manufacturers want it to mean, and that can leave you feeling itchy. Speaking of Chemistry is back this week with Sophia Cai explaining why “hypoallergenic” isn’t really a thing. Find out why.

Youtube ID: lXh8bnqMOZs

ACS Podcasts

Science Elements

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