ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: November 18, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: November 18, 2015

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3-D printed parts from some commercial devices toxic to zebrafish embryos

The recent boom in 3-D printing has driven innovations in fields as disparate as haute couture and medical implants. But little is known about the safety of the materials used. In a new study...

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Spider webs yield clues to stickier glues (video)

Spider webs are notoriously sticky. Although they only take a second to swat down, shaking them off your hands can be an exercise in frustration. But that stubborn tackiness could come in handy when...

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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...

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A step toward understanding how hibernation protects hearts

Wintry weather means hats and scarves for some mammals, and hibernation for others. Hibernation dramatically lowers body temperatures, heart rates and oxygen consumption — things that would be fatal to other animals...

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Could companies someday make a profit off unwanted CO2?

The world has a carbon dioxide problem, and to fix it, much attention has been paid to renewable energy sources, which don’t emit the greenhouse gas. But what if we could turn waste CO2 into marketable chemicals and fuels...

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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.

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ACS National Meeting News

Couldn't go to the ACS 250th National Meeting & Exposition in Boston? Then check out our resources for info you might have missed:
Press releases: www.eurekalert.org/acsmeet.php
Press conferences: bit.ly/ACSLiveBoston

ACS Webinars®

Prodrugs in Drug Discovery

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2 - 3 p.m. ET
The final broadcast of this year's Drug Design and Delivery Symposium will feature John Higgins of Merck Research Labs, who will explain how prodrugs can be pursued early in the discovery space to optimize drugs’ physicochemical and biopharmaceutical properties. In this ACS Webinar, discover the utility of prodrugs, their general properties and the prerequisites for optimal performance in drug discovery.

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

The World's Smallest Robots - by Reactions

Nanomachines — including nano-sized motors, rockets and even cars — are many orders of magnitude smaller than a human cell, but they have huge promise. Watch the video to find out why.

Youtube ID: loaqIqKCmog

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

What is the Gut Microbiome?

Right now, trillions of bacteria and other tiny organisms living in and on your body are making molecules that could influence your health and behavior. Speaking of Chemistry helps explain how.

Youtube ID: RNFylE4RNH8

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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