ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: August 05, 2015

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How to tell the difference between bipolar disorder and depression

Many patients with bipolar disorder, a debilitating mental condition that can take a person from the sluggishness of severe depression to super-human energy levels, are often misdiagnosed as having major depressive disorder, or MDD...


Rooting out Viagra and other hidden ingredients from dietary supplements

To lose weight, boost energy or soothe nerves, many consumers turn to dietary supplements. But some of these products contain undeclared substances. To protect consumers from taking something without their knowledge, scientists...


A simple tableware switch could reduce exposure to a potentially harmful substance

In households with kids — or grown-up klutzes — a durable set of melamine plates and bowls is a must. But studies suggest that heat and acid can cause melamine from dinnerware to seep into food and potentially cause harmful...


Boosting gas mileage by turning engine heat into electricity

Automakers are looking for ways to improve their fleets' average fuel efficiency, and scientists may have a new way to help them. In a report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, one team reports the development of a material...


Recreating alchemical and other ancient recipes shows scientists of old were quite clever

From “dragon’s blood” to slippery elm root, coded and obscure ingredients of ancient recipes are getting a second look today not by Harry Potter fans, but by historians who want to experience science as it was practiced centuries ago... 


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ACS Editors' Choice

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ACS National Meeting News

Couldn't go to the ACS 249th National Meeting & Exposition in Denver? 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

ACS Webinars®

Hot Topics in Patent Law: Non-Obviousness of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Patents

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2 - 3 p.m. ET
The world of patent law is constantly changing and one must stay on top of these nuances in order to have the best chance of winning the case. Justin Hasford explores the recent decisions from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in this ACS Webinar concerning the non-obviousness of patent claims directed to chemical and pharmaceutical innovations.

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 are Tattoos Permanent?

If you don’t have a tattoo, you probably at least know someone who does — but what’s the chemistry behind tattoos? In this Reactions video we explore what tattoo ink is made of, why this body art is permanent (whether you like it or not) and other cool facts.

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C&EN Video Spotlight

Are Wine Baths a Waste of Money?

Red wine is full of antioxidants and some people have spent serious cash trying to harness the health benefits of these compounds by soaking in tubs full of vino. In a new Speaking of Chemistry video, Matt Davenport dips into wine science to find out if this unorthodox spa treatment is as wildly indulgent, and effective, as it sounds.

Youtube ID: _n-IjL692WI

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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