ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 02, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 2, 2015

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Exposure to phthalates could be linked to pregnancy loss

A new study of more than 300 women suggests that exposure to certain phthalates — substances commonly used in food packaging, personal-care and other everyday products — could be associated with miscarriage, mostly...

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Blueberry extract could help fight gum disease and reduce antibiotic use

Gum disease is a common condition among adults that occurs when bacteria form biofilms or plaques on teeth, and consequently the gums become inflamed. Some severe cases, called periodontitis, call for antibiotics. But now scientists...

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Silk bio-ink could help advance tissue engineering with 3-D printers

Advances in 3-D printing have led to new ways to make bone and some other relatively simple body parts that can be implanted in patients. But finding an ideal bio-ink has stalled progress toward printing more complex tissues with versatile...

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Flexible, biodegradable device can generate power from touch (video)

Long-standing concerns about portable electronics include the devices' short battery life and their contribution to e-waste. One group of scientists is now working on a way to address both of these seeming unrelated issues...

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Struggles ahead in China for chemical and pharmaceutical companies

China’s economic downturn plus other factors, including overcapacity and tightening regulations, mean the next two to three years could be challenging for the foreign chemical and pharmaceutical companies located there...

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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®

Calling All Spanish Speaking Chemists! ACS/SQM Spanish Webinar Recordings Now Available

The American Chemical Society and the Sociedad Química de México are producing four chemistry-themed webinars in Spanish this year. The first recording about Sustainable Energy and second recording about Nanotechnology are now available to be viewed and shared at your convenience.

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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