ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 09, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 9, 2015


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Toward a faster, more efficient way to sniff out explosives

Explosives detection is important for ensuring the safety of public spaces, transportation and water systems, but it can be challenging to carry out. Now scientists report in the journal ACS Nano a new step toward a more efficient monitoring method...


Gut bacteria make pomegranate metabolites that may protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Recent studies show that pomegranate extract, which is a rich source of disease-fighting polyphenols, can help protect against the development of Alzheimer’s disease. A team reports in ACS Chemical Neuroscience that the responsible compounds may be urolithins...


‘Al dente’ fibers could make bulletproof vests stronger and ‘greener’

Bulletproof vests and other super-strong materials could soon become even tougher and more environmentally friendly with the help of extra firm, or “al dente,” polyethylene fibers containing natural fats, such as oils from olives and peanuts...


A simple, rapid test to help ensure safer meat

Deciding whether to cook or toss a steak that's been in the fridge for a few days calls for a sniff test. This generally works well for home cooks. But food manufacturers that supply tons of meats to consumers require more reliable measures...


What 2015 reveals about trends in the pharmaceutical industry

As the year comes to an end, a survey of the hottest pharma news stories from the past year illustrates industry trends from megadeals to drug approvals...


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ACS Webinars®

Outsmarting the Shortage: The Emergence of Base Metal Catalysis in Pharma 

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2 - 3 p.m. ET
You’d be hard pressed to find a lab that didn’t rely on a platinum or palladium catalyst for at least one reaction, but platinum group metals are anything but abundant. Join Chris McWilliams in this ACS Webinar as he demonstrates how base metals compare to their more precious counterparts, and covers the advantages and challenges of using both.

Toolkits on Global Challenges/Research Funding

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ACS Press Release Archive

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ACS Video of the Month

Do Vitamin Supplements Really Work?

You’ve seen them in late night commercials and at your local pharmacy — little pills that claim to cure your cold, help you wake up or help you lose weight. But do they really work? Watch this video to find out.

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C&EN Video Spotlight

How to Avoid Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful. In this episode of Speaking of Chemistry, guest host Linda Wang explores how kidney stones form and offers tips on how to prevent them.

Youtube ID: 9DJvL5znFhY

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