ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Jun 17 11:45:00 EDT 2015

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Novel battery uses light to produce power (video)

To move the world toward sustainability, scientists are continuing to explore and improve ways to tap the vast power of sunlight to make fuels and generate electricity. Now they have come up with a brand-new way to use light...


Wine-making shortcut gives bubbly a fruitier aroma

The best sparkling wines take months to ferment to perfection. In recent years, many winemakers have turned to commercial yeast products to give this process a boost. How they ultimately affect bubbly has been an open question, but now...


Toward nanorobots that swim through blood to deliver drugs (video)

Someday, treating patients with nanorobots could become standard practice to deliver medicine specifically to parts of the body affected by disease. But merely injecting drug-loaded nanoparticles might not always be enough to get them...


Perfume researchers lend their noses to design less odorous latrines

About 2.5 billion people worldwide don't have access to sanitary toilets. Latrines are an option for many of those people, but these facilities' overwhelming odors can deter users, who then defecate outdoors instead. To improve this situation...


On the road to needle-free medicine

Needle injections have been around since 1657 and remain a key delivery method for many drugs, including vaccines that have prevented countless illnesses. But for patients that require daily pricks or for people in remote... 


Journalists’ Resources

ACS Experts: Chemistry Sources for Reporters

On a deadline? Need a reliable explanation of a chemistry concept? Then you need an ACS Expert. We have a growing list of scientists who can comment about neuroscience, green chemistry, pharmaceutical science, policy issues and much more. Just contact us at newsroom@acs.org.

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®

Science Communication in the Digital Media Age

Advanced Pyrotechnics 2: Ignition, Sensitivity and Analysis of Energetic Materials
Thursday, June 18, 2015, 2-3 p.m. ET
What are the pyrotechnic reactions that occur in fireworks, and how are different colors and shapes made this Independence Day? Join Chris Mocella, co-author on the second edition of The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics, as he returns to the program to share what puts the sparkle in the skies on the 4th of July.

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

The American Chemical Society encourages news organizations, museums, educational organizations and other websites to embed links to these videos.

ACS Video of the Month

No, Your Microwave Isn't Dangerous - by Reactions

Kitchen know-it-alls beware! We’re going to fact check all those health warnings you’ve grown up with. We all want to take care of ourselves, but some of these myths can actually get in the way of good healthy decisions. Let's start with one we've heard a lot: microwaving your food zaps the nutritional value. Watch the video to find out why that's a load of malarkey

Youtube ID: 0yi6EzAK66s

Check out more Reactions videos and subscribe to the series at http://youtube.com/ACSReactions and follow Reactions on Twitter @ACSReactions.


C&EN Video Spotlight

Critter Chemistry

Insects may not be the most charismatic creatures on the planet, but what they lack in cuddliness, they make up for with chemical ingenuity. In this episode of Speaking of Chemistry, Matt Davenport looks at three of the craziest six-legged chemists out there.

Youtube ID: _EXC6mFUqVI

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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