ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Jul 15 11:45:00 EDT 2015

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Attention beachgoers: Fecal contamination affects sand more than water

“No swimming” signs have already popped up this summer along coastlines where fecal bacteria have invaded otherwise inviting waters. Some vacationers ignore the signs while others resign themselves to tanning and playing on the beach. But should those avoiding the water be wary of the sand, too? New...


A portable ‘paper machine’ can diagnose disease for less than $2

In the U.S. and other industrialized nations, testing for infectious diseases and cancer often requires expensive equipment and highly trained specialists. In countries where resources are limited, performing the same diagnostics is far...


The secret to the sea sapphire’s colors — and invisibility (video)

Sapphirina, or sea sapphire, has been called “the most beautiful animal you’ve never seen,” and it could be one of the most magical. Some of the tiny, little-known copepods appear to flash in and out of brilliantly colored blue...


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...


Lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil spills

Five years ago this week, engineers stopped the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill — the largest one in U.S. history, easily displacing the Exxon Valdez spill from the top spot. Now, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly... 


Journalists’ Resources

ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters

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ACS Editors' Choice

Do you want to keep up with the frontiers of science? Check out our new Open Access service, ACS Editors’ Choice. The website features one top story every day, selected from ACS’ more than 40 peer-reviewed journals, to give the public free, direct access to some of the most relevant scientific research going on today.

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®

The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

Thursday, July 23, 2 - 3 p.m. ET
How do some people turn ideas into enterprises that endure, and why do some succeed at scaling new initiatives when so many others fail? Join Amy Wilkinson, a strategic adviser, entrepreneur and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, in this ACS Webinar that unlocks the six essential skills that turn small notions into big breakthroughs.

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

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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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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