ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 09, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: September 9, 2015

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Making pharmaceuticals that degrade before they can contaminate drinking water

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...

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How the “heat” compound from chili peppers could help kill cancer cells

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...

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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 the solar cell into heat...

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Waste paper could make summer grilling more environmentally friendly

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...

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Game-changing technology enables faster, cheaper gene editing

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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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®

How to Create a Safer and More Sustainable Lab Through Green Chemistry

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2 - 3 p.m. ET
Incorporating the principles of green chemistry into your lab can do more than reduce your ecological footprint. Join David Finster, who is on the editorial board of the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, and Jeffrey Whitford, director of Global Citizenship at Sigma-Aldrich, as they share in this ACS Webinar how to adopt sustainable strategies that produce a safer lab and chemical facility in both commercial and academic settings.

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 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.

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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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