ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: March 02, 2016

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Toward diagnosing diseases such as cancer in their earliest stages

Detecting diseases such as cancer in their earliest stages can make a huge difference in patient treatment, but it is often difficult to do. Now scientists report in the journal ACS Central Science a new, simple method that could...


What gives parmesan cheese its unique taste?

When it comes to pasta and pizza dishes, nothing beats a sprinkle of grated parmesan on top. But the flavor quality of the popular cheese can be inconsistent. Now scientists are using “molecular food engineering” to help ensure...


Hair forensics could yield false positives for cocaine use

Hair analysis has become standard practice for determining whether someone has abused illicit drugs.  But some experts have questioned whether current methods to wash away external contaminants from samples might affect test...


Electric-car battery materials could harm key soil bacteria

The growing popularity of battery-powered cars could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they are not entirely Earth friendly. Problems can creep in when these batteries are disposed of.  Scientists, in a new study...


Syrian academics face danger, limited options

The Syrian civil war, which began in 2011, continues to result in death, destruction and displacement. The country’s higher education system has suffered dramatically, too. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN)...


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ACS Editors' Choice

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ACS National Meeting News

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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

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ACS Videos

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ACS Video of the Month

You're Cleaning Your Contacts Wrong (Probably)

Improper lens care can have gross — and sometimes serious — consequences. This week, Reactions and Gross Science explain why contacts can cause problems and how to prevent them.

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C&EN Video Spotlight

Can You Make Helium Beer?

Two craft-brewing daredevils show Speaking of Chemistry that you can, in fact, make helium beer. It’s just not a great idea.

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