ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: March 30, 2016

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Transparent wood could one day help brighten homes and buildings

When it comes to indoor lighting, nothing beats the sun’s rays streaming in through windows. Soon, that natural light could be shining through walls, too. Scientists have developed transparent wood...


The impact of anti-odor clothing on the environment

Anti-odor athletic clothes containing silver nanoparticles have gained a foothold among exercise buffs, but questions have arisen over how safe and effective they are...


Using glucose monitors to detect other diseases

Diagnosing disease can be highly technical, costly and time-consuming, which are all challenges that become particularly problematic in low-income and remote locations...


Nicotine vaccine delays the drug's effects in mice

Many people who smoke want to quit, but the urge to light up is often irresistible. An effective vaccine to help people kick the habit once and for all has been elusive...


Mind-altering drugs could treat mental disorders

Psychedelic compounds have had a colorful past. Although initially investigated for medical uses, they were banned after cultural and political times changed in the 1960s and 1970s...


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ACS Editors' Choice

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ACS National Meeting News

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ACS Webinars®

Modified Release Formulations for Solubility Starved Compounds

Thursday, March 31, 2 - 3 p.m. ET

Join ACS Webinars to hear Mengwei Hu's overview of modified release formulation strategies for insoluble compounds and the options to overcome the low solubility issue in the lower gastric-intestinal tract.

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

Chemistry and the Flint Water Crisis

The Virginia Tech researchers who helped expose the Flint drinking water crisis tell Speaking of Chemistry how they did it.

Youtube ID: k18vbGwPxz4

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