ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 09, 2015
ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 9, 2015
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In recent years, researchers have realized that many products, including pharmaceuticals, have ended up where they’re not supposed to be — in our drinking water. But now scientists have developed a way to make drugs that...
Capsaicin, the compound responsible for chilis’ heat, is used in creams sold to relieve pain, and recent research shows that in high doses, it kills prostate cancer cells. Now researchers are finding clues that help explain how the substance...
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 the solar cell into heat...
Summertime is waning, and that means the end of backyard barbecues is almost upon us. That also means an end to dousing charcoal briquettes with lighter fluid. Reducing the use of lighter fluid might not be a bad thing, as many of those...
Within the past few years, a new technology has made altering genes in plants and animals much easier than before. The tool, called CRISPR/Cas9 or just CRISPR, has spurred a flurry of research that could one day lead to hardier...
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How to Stay Awake (Without Caffeine)
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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.
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