ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 16, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 16, 2015

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New approach to mammograms could improve reliability

Detecting breast cancer in women with dense mammary tissues could become more reliable with a new mammogram procedure that researchers have now tested in pre-clinical studies of mice. In their report in the journal ACS Nano...

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How much water do U.S. fracking operations really use?

The oil and gas extraction method called hydraulic fracturing remains controversial for multiple reasons, one of which is its water use. But, as scientists report in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, water...

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Unlocking secrets of how fossils form

Fossils tell amazing stories and inspire them, too — just think of this summer’s “Jurassic World” blockbuster. But because some of the processes that preserve fossils are not well understood, there’s still more information that they could...

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Nicotine-eating bacteria could one day help smokers kick the habit

Most people who smoke cigarettes know it's bad for their health, but quitting is notoriously difficult. To make it easier, scientists are taking a brand-new approach. They are turning to bacteria that thrive on nicotine, the addictive...

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The influence of citizen science grows despite some resistance

Citizen science is taking off and could make a difference at regional and national regulatory levels. But not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The cover story of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine...

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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®

Paving Your Eligibility Pathway: Green Card Tips for Scientists, Professors and Researchers

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2 - 3 p.m. ET
As you make your way through your career as an international scientist, there are meaningful steps you can take to become eligible for a green card. Join Peter Asaad, Managing Partner of Immigration Solutions Group, as he shares practical advice in this ACS Webinar that will ensure you can get your green card through special fast track pathways.

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

How to Stay Awake (Without Caffeine)

You’re tired and you need an energy boost, but you don’t want the jitters from caffeine. What to do? In this week's video, we give you some chemistry-backed tips — one of which involves cats — to boost your productivity and stay awake without refilling the coffee cup.

Youtube ID: SvEQBURrPow

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C&EN Video Spotlight

Are Strawberries Going Away?

Strawberries are sweet, juicy, and delightful. Unfortunately, they’re also attractive bait for a litany of pests and diseases. In 2016, an expiring federal pesticide exemption could mean the end of strawberries as we know them. In this Speaking of Chemistry video, Sophia Cai explains the problem and some possible solutions.

Youtube ID: noaec9-BmwU

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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