ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: February 03, 2016

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: February 3, 2016

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Examining how terrestrial life’s building blocks may have first formed

How did life begin? This is one of the most fundamental questions scientists puzzle over. To address it, they have to look not just back to the primordial Earth, but out into space. Now, scientists propose in the Journal of the American...

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Purified cashew proteins lend insight into allergic reactions

It’s well known that peanuts can cause severe reactions in people who are allergic, but research suggests that the risk of developing a life-threatening reaction could be higher for those allergic to cashews. Now scientists have come up with a fast...

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Investigating potential fetal exposure to antidepressants

Depression is a serious issue for expecting mothers. Left untreated, depression could have implications for a fetus’s health. But treating the disease during pregnancy may carry health risks for the developing fetus, which makes...

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Leaf-mimicking device harnesses light to purify water

For years, scientists have been pursuing ways to imitate a leaf's photosynthetic power to make hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight. In a new twist, a team has come up with another kind of device that mimics two of a leaf's processes...

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Pace of new drug approvals rise — and so do their price tags

Last year, more new drugs reached the market than in any year since 1996. But many have six-figure price tags for a year’s worth of treatment and deliver only incremental health benefits. What does this mean for patients and the pharmaceutical industry...

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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®

2016 Material Science Series

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2 - 3 p.m. ET

Join us for the Chemistry of Hello: The Next Generation of Circuitry with Tobin Marks, who will enlighten us on the challenging design requirements and new materials needed to create unconventional electronic circuitry in our electronic mobile devices.

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

Honey is Really Bee Puke

Honey is perfect for drizzling over your toast or stirring into your tea. What most people don’t know is that honey spends an awful lot of time in a bee’s gut. Watch Reactions to find out more.

Youtube ID: Hq0SBwkLvUo

Check out more Reactions videos and subscribe to the series at http://youtube.com/ACSReactions and follow Reactions on Twitter @ACSReactions.


C&EN Video Spotlight

Meet the World’s First Lithium-Ion Microscope

Jabez McClelland, a physicist at NIST, gives a guided tour of the instrument, which could open new frontiers in nanotechnology and energy research.

 

Youtube ID: chzdijqUsj0

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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