ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: Wed Jan 13 11:45:00 EST 2016

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‘Spermbots’ could help women trying to conceive (video)

Sperm that don’t swim well rank high among the main causes of infertility. To give these cells a boost, women trying to conceive can turn to artificial insemination or other assisted reproduction techniques, but success can be elusive...


Toxins related to ‘red tides’ found in home aquarium

Many shore residents and beach-goers are already familiar with the health risks of “red tide,” algal blooms along coastlines that can trigger respiratory illness and other effects in people who inhale the toxins the algae release...


Rooting out doping in racehorses

Doping in the horseracing industry has spurred regulations banning performance-enhancing drugs, as well as calls for an anti-doping agency in the U.S. But as in human sports, testing for certain kinds of prohibited...


Coffee compounds that could help prevent type 2 diabetes identified

Much to coffee lovers' delight, drinking three to four cups of coffee per day has been shown to decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Now, scientists report in ACS' Journal of Natural Products...


Protecting workers with stiffer safety penalties

The new year could be a safer one for workers. A law passed by Congress last October will increase civil fines for violators of workplace safety standards. And to boost accountability further...


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.

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 Drug Design and Delivery Symposium

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2 - 3 p.m. ET

Join ACS Webinars®, the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry, and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists for a new symposium for 2016. Next year’s webinar series has been divided into different modules in order to provide three short, comprehensive perspectives on the drug design and delivery process including the importance of time, thinking beyond traditional small molecules and revisiting pharmacology.

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

Nerding out on Star Wars Science

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens hits movie screens this week with edge-of-your-seat action scenes and, of course, lots of lightsabers. Reactions explores the science behind the Star Wars franchise.

Youtube ID: 3c8HrdyXEKk

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

The Chemistry of Truffles, the Most Expensive Food in the World

Some people are willing to drop $60 grand for a truffle. Speaking of Chemistry shows how chemistry fuels the fuss over the fungus.

Youtube ID: ltXd2BOrIHs

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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