ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Oct 28 11:45:00 EDT 2015

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Testing for secondhand marijuana exposure

With increased legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, interest is growing in the potential health effects of its secondhand smoke. A team now reports in ACS’ journal Analytical...


Paper-based test could diagnose hepatitis B and assess male fertility at low cost

Scientists have developed a new paper device that analyzes DNA and could rapidly and inexpensively assess disparate conditions including hepatitis B and male infertility, which together affect millions of people around...


A potential downside to the beaver’s comeback (video)

The Eurasian beaver was brought back from near extinction and now thrives across Europe. But this conservation success story may have had at least one unintended and potentially harmful consequence. Scientists...


Hybrid solar cell converts both light and heat from sun’s rays into electricity (video)

Scientists have developed a new hybrid, solar-energy system that harnesses the full spectrum of the sun’s radiation by pairing a photovoltaic cell with polymer films. The films convert the light that goes unused by...


Hazards of old natural-gas pipes spur upgrades

Millions of residents across the U.S. rely on natural gas to heat their homes, stoves and showers. But leaks along the thousands of miles of pipeline that deliver the fuel are a costly — and sometimes deadly — problem. An article...


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ACS Editors' Choice

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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
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ACS Webinars®

Pharmacokinetic Considerations in Drug Design and Development

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2 - 3 p.m. ET
The optimization of pharmacokinetic properties is crucial in the design of successful drug candidates. Tune in to this ACS Webinar as Punit Marathe shares key pharmacokinetic concepts, including clearance, volume of distribution, half-life and protein binding, that play a role in achieving an optimal in vivo profile.

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

How to Cookie with Science

Chocolate chip cookies are nearly universally adored. People like them in all sorts of textures, sizes and tastes. So how can you make your perfect cookie? Using science, of course. This Reactions episode takes a bite out of baking with the scientific method.

Youtube ID: 3b4shT7EBZQ

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C&EN Video Spotlight

Are Flushable Wipes Really Flushable?

People who want that fresh feeling after wiping their behinds rely on flushable wipes. But sewer managers and homeowners have been crying foul as more and more pipes get clogged. Are flushable wipes to blame? This episode of Speaking of Chemistry explains: The answer’s complicated.

Youtube ID: 9et8ZHWJhAE

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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