ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: July 01, 2015

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What makes fireflies glow? (video)

As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting glow. They report in the Journal of the American Chemical...


Implantable ‘artificial pancreas’ could help diabetes patients control their blood sugar

Living with Type 1 diabetes requires constant monitoring of blood sugar levels and injecting insulin daily. Now scientists are reporting in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research the development of an implantable...


Producing fuel from Canada oil sands emits more carbon than from US crude

The production of petroleum from Canada’s oil sands is on the rise with much of it destined for U.S. refineries. As the U.S. takes stock of its greenhouse gas emissions, scientists report in the ACS journal Environmental Science...


Tackling chronic sinusitis by addressing underlying factors

The stuffy noses and sinus pressure of head colds are uncomfortable, but for most people, they go away within days. For those with chronic sinusitis, however, those symptoms and others drag on for weeks. Now scientists are onto...


Should scientists be allowed to genetically alter human embryos?

Scientists have at their disposal a way to explore the possible prevention of genetic diseases before birth. But should they? Currently, the most promising path forward involves editing the genes of human embryos, a procedure rife... 


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The Chemistry of Fireworks and Pyrotechnics

ACS Webinars will not be having a broadcast on Thursday, July 2nd, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your weekly dose of chemistry with these fireworks presentations just in time for the Fourth! Impress your friends with your pyrotechnic chemistry knowledge, presented by Chris Mocella, co-author of The Chemsitry of Pyrotechnics. Watch the webinars here: The Chemistry of Fireworks and Advanced Pyrotechnics: Flash, Sound, and Smoke.

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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

Connecting that Salty Sea Smell and Climate Change

There’s nothing like the smell of salty sea air over summer vacation. But instead of frolicking on the beach, a group of chemists is researching the compounds inside that air. Sea spray aerosols (SSAs) are created with every breaking wave. Kimberly Prather, Ph.D., Timothy Bertram and their teams have discovered in research published in ACS Central Science that SSAs have a huge impact on the planet’s climate. Watch this video for Prather's explanation.

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C&EN Video Spotlight

Keeping Cool without Killing the Planet

Refrigeration is a staple of modern living—we use refrigerants in air conditioners, aerosol spray cans, and, well, refrigerators. But it turns out that the most popular refrigerants of the 20th century depleted the ozone and had high global warming potentials. In this Speaking of Chemistry episode, Sophia Cai takes a look at the pros and cons of recently approved alternatives.

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