ACS in the News

Weekly press highlights of the latest ACS journal articles and other coverage featured in high-profile news media outlets all around the globe. 

The Guardian (United Kingdom: 88.24 million unique monthly visits)
“Air in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ likely more toxic than previously thought”
June 11, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Using cutting-edge equipment that more accurately checks for the gas, ethylene oxide, which is primarily used in plastic production, researchers found levels more than 1,000 times above previous measurements, and about 10 times higher on average than regulators’ modeling. [Adapted from research published in Environmental Science & Technology.]

The story was covered by 464 outlets this week, including Washington Post (United States), Reuters (United States), Associated Press (United States), and ABC News (United States).

 

Tasting Table (New York, NY: 12.30 million unique monthly visits)
“This baking trick is key to making New York-style bagels at home”
June 10, 2024
Publicized in: ACS video release

According to a video produced by the American Chemical Society, the lower concentration of calcium and magnesium in New York tap water makes it softer, and softer water impacts how the gluten acts in the dough.

 

Meteo Giornale (Italy: 1.76 million unique monthly visits)
“Perché il cappuccino è così buono? Svelate le dinamiche nascoste del latte nel caffè” [Why is cappuccino so good? The hidden dynamics of milk in coffee revealed]
June 14, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Una nuova ricerca pubblicata su ACS Food Science & Technology ha confermato che l’aggiunta di latte al caffè non altera la struttura molecolare delle proteine del latte, garantendo la coerenza del gusto e della consistenza nelle bevande a base di caffè. [New research published in ACS Food Science & Technology has confirmed that adding milk to coffee does not alter the molecular structure of milk proteins, ensuring consistency of taste and texture in coffee-based drinks.]

Sixteen outlets covered the story this week.

 

Forbes (Jersey City, NJ: 75.78 million unique monthly visits)
“Anti-sunscreen movement spreads on TikTok. Here are issues with this trend”
June 13, 2024

A study published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology in March 2021 found that 16 octocrylene-based sunscreen sprays and lotions contained detectable levels of benzophenone.

 

Newsweek (New York, NY: 29.77 million unique monthly visits)
“‘Jurassic Park’ theme preserved in DNA in ‘amber’”
June 14, 2024

In a new study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the team demonstrated their material by embedding and subsequently removing a DNA sequence encoding the music for the Jurassic Park theme song.

Fifty outlets, including Interesting Engineering (United States) and IFL Science (United Kingdom), covered the story this week.

 

TODAY – NBC News (22.38 million unique monthly visits)
“What are the healthiest vegetables for the heart? Cardiologists share top picks”
June 14, 2024

Artichokes contain the most antioxidants of any vegetable, except beans, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found.

 

New Yorker (New York, NY: 9.28 million unique monthly visits)
“A new book about plant intelligence highlights the messiness of scientific change”
June 12, 2024

In a research paper that Rhoades published on his findings in the Journal of the American Chemical Society’s series “Plant Resistance to Insects,” he pointed out that the trees were too far apart to be communicating through their roots. 

 

Interesting Engineering (San Francisco, CA: 3.39 million unique monthly visits)
“Engineers create world's thinnest wire stable at 0 Kelvin”
June 14, 2024

A group of researchers from Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) believe this newly designed wire might be the thinnest metallic nanowire ever created; so much so that it can also remain stable at 0 Kelvin. [Adapted from research published in ACS Nano.]

Twelve outlets covered the story this week.

National Post (Toronto, Canada: 3.55 million unique monthly visits)
“How did two people die after eating one of the world's most prized wild mushrooms?”
June 3, 2024
Publicized in: ACS video release

According to the American Chemical Society’s video series Reactions, morels were a US$657-million market in 2021.

Eighty-eight outlets, including The Vancouver Sun (Canada), covered the story this week.

 

The Sun (United Kingdom: 31.87 million unique monthly visits)
“Blood test spots Alzheimer's 15 years before symptoms ‘on NHS within a year’”
June 10, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Espresso may stop proteins that are linked to the disease from tangling in the brain, the study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found.

 

Meteo Giornale (Italy: 1.76 million unique monthly visits)
“Finestre intelligenti: una pellicola camaleonte per gestire efficacemente luce e calore” [Smart windows: a chameleon film to effectively manage light and heat]
June 3, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

La ricerca, pubblicata su ACS Energy Letters, illustra come la pellicola elettrocromica sfrutti i MOF per passare rapidamente e in modo affidabile dallo stato trasparente a quello verde, che riduce l’abbagliamento, e a quello rosso, che migliora l’isolamento termico. [The research, published in ACS Energy Letters, illustrates how electrochromic film uses MOFs to quickly and reliably switch from transparent to green, which reduces glare, and red, which improves thermal insulation.]

Seven outlets covered the story this week.

 

South China Morning Post (China: 9.80 million unique monthly visits)
“Malaysia eats more plastic every day than 108 other countries, study finds”
June 5, 2024

The study, published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal, found that Malaysians eat an average of 502.3mg of microplastics daily per capita.

Forty-four outlets, including The Straits Times (Singapore), covered the story this week.

 

Popsugar (United States: 9.26 million unique monthly visits)
“Finally: a reef-safe sunscreen you'll actually want to use”
June 5, 2024

Several studies (published in various journals like the Environmental Science & Technology…) have shown that nano-sized particles of zinc oxide in particular can poison marine life.

 

Futurism (Brooklyn, NY: 5.22 million unique monthly visits)
“Experts fear horrifying heat waves that could kill tens of thousands of people at once”
June 4, 2024

Those staggering figures come from a study published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, which explored what would happen if a major, two-day blackout took place during a heat wave in Phoenix, Detroit, and Atlanta.

Eight outlets covered the story this week.

Newsweek (New York, NY: 29.77 million unique monthly visits)
“Chemical in cakes that gives buttery flavor may pose health risk”
May 30, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

In a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers from Belgium's Université Catholique de Louvain tested chocolates and other packaged sweet treats to explore whether any of them contained these potentially hazardous chemicals at significant levels.

Fifty-four outlets, including SciTechDaily (United States) and Study Finds (United Kingdom), covered the story.

 

Interesting Engineering (San Francisco, CA: 3.39 million unique monthly visits)
“Scientists make color-changing 'sunglasses for windows' to block heat”
May 29, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in China have developed transparent films that can change color on demand and block out sunlight and heat… The research findings were published today in the journal ACS Energy Letters.

Thirty-two outlets, including Xakata (Spain), covered the story this week.

 

The Herald Scotland (Glasgow, United Kingdom: 2.32 million unique monthly visits)
“See the 6 beers that are good for your health according to experts”
May 29, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, from 2022, followed 22 men who drank a little more than half a pint of beer every day for four weeks and found as a result they had better intestinal health, The Telegraph reported.

The story was covered by 123 outlets this week, including The Northern Echo (United Kingdom) and Glasgow Times (United Kingdom).

 

Phys.org (Isle of Man, United Kingdom: 7.60 million unique monthly visits)
“New anti-counterfeit technique packs two light-reactive images into one material”
May 29, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

To stay one step ahead of these bad actors, researchers report in the journal Langmuir that they have developed a new photopatterning technique that creates two light-reactive images on one material.

Four outlets covered the story this week.

 

NDTV (India: 33.80 million unique monthly visits)
“Indonesia Tops the Charts: The Shocking Truth About Microplastics in Your Food”
June 6, 2024

A new study by Cornell University researchers maps the microplastic human uptake across 109 global countries on five continents from 1990 to 2018, focusing on the world's major coastlines that are affected by plastic pollution. The findings of the study were published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Four outlets covered the story this week.

 

Science Alert (Canberra, Australia: 15.42 million unique monthly visits)
“Orange Peels Could Have Surprising Health Benefits For Your Heart”
May 30, 2024

The zest of oranges has now been found to contain a novel, bioactive compound, called feruloylputrescine (FP), that could benefit heart health when eaten... The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

 

Digital Trends (Portland, OR: 8.56 million unique monthly visits)
“Your next smartwatch could analyze sweat for invaluable health data”
May 28, 2024

A research paper, which has been published in the ACS Nano journal, mentions that the scalable sensor fabrication adopted for this smartwatch will serve as the foundation for developing reliable sweat-sensing wearable devices in the future.

Twenty-six outlets, including Quimica (United States) and Chem Europe (Germany), covered the story this week.

 

KNX News (United States: 4.53 million unique monthly visits)
“Tattoos could increase risk of lymphoma”
June 1, 2024

This March, Audacy also reported a study published in the journal Analytical Chemistry that found 90% of tattoo inks from nine manufacturers in the U.S. “had major discrepancies with the labeled contents, such as different pigments than the ones listed or unlisted additives.”

Fourteen outlets covered the story this week.

 

Popular Science (Harlan, IA: 3.41 million unique monthly visits)
“This lens is just three atoms thick and works like a quantum lighthouse”
May 31, 2024

A team of physicists collaborating between the University of Amsterdam and Stanford University combined the lighthouse engineering theory and electrostatically bound “excitons” to build the world’s thinnest lens... The physicists detailed their new atomic scale Fresnel lens in a study published last month in the journal, Nano Letters.

Fifty-five outlets, including La Nacion (Argentina) and Interesting Engineering (United States), covered the story this week.

New York Times (New York, NY: 143.41 million unique monthly visits)
“Can I Wear Neon Without Looking Like a Highlighter?”
May 27, 2024
Publicized in: ACS’ National Historic Chemical Landmarks program

Yet its patently synthetic, techno edge is also the reason that Andy Warhol called neon "one of the great modern things," and that so many artists, including Bruce Nauman, Tracey Emin and Glenn Ligon, have embraced it. The American Chemical Society even declared the discovery of Day-Glo fluorescent pigment a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 2012.

Four outlets covered the story this week.

 

Interesting Engineering (San Francisco, CA: 3.39 million unique monthly visits)
“New science fiction sensors sense things without touching”
May 22, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

A team of researchers at the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) has developed a flexible film using a novel material that can detect the movements of nearby objects without actually coming in contact with them. [Adapted from research published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.]

Twenty-five outlets, including New Atlas (United States) and AZO Materials (Australia), covered the story this week.

 

Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom: 32.11 million unique monthly visits)
“Six beers that are good for your gut health – and the ones to avoid”
May 24, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

In 2022, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry followed 22 men who drank a little more than half a pint of beer every day for four weeks and found that they subsequently had better markers of intestinal health.

Seven outlets covered the story this week.

 

ScienceAlert (Canberra, Australia: 15.42 million unique monthly visits)
“Something Really Awesome Happens When You Use Banana Peel as an Ingredient”
May 22, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

A recent study has shown if banana peels are blanched, dried, and ground into a flour, they can be turned into baked goods that taste just as nice, if not better than wheat-based products… The study was published in ACS Food Science & Technology.

Twenty-nine outlets covered the story this week.

 

IFL Science (United Kingdom: 5.40 million unique monthly visits)
“Chernobyl's ‘Wild Boar Paradox’ Has Finally Been Cracked”
May 24, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Due to this double dose of slow-release radiation, the levels of contamination seen in the boars have remained relatively constant for decades, while the other wildlife of Chernobyl has managed to recover – and even thrive… The study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Four outlets covered the story this week.

 

Study Finds (United States: 3.91 million unique monthly visits)
“Forever chemicals are raining down, contamination found in all 5 Great Lakes”
May 22, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Researchers have found that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as “forever chemicals,” are making their way into vital sources of fresh water — from the sky. In fact, these chemicals have been discovered in all five of the Great Lakes, according to [research published in Environmental Science & Technology.]

Ten outlets covered the story this week.

 

Scientific American (New York, NY: 7.03 million unique monthly visits)
“This Paint Could Clean Both Itself and the Air”
May 21, 2024

For a recent study in ACS Catalysis, researchers developed a new photocatalytic paint that they claim works using UV rays from ordinary sunlight, making its self-cleaning properties easier to activate.

 

Health (New York, NY: 6.43 million unique monthly visits)
“New Research Shows You May Be Exposed to Carcinogens Each Time You Drive”
May 24, 2024

Flame retardants used in car interior surfaces can pollute the cabin air with chemicals associated with cancer, according to a study published May 7 in Environmental Science & Technology.

Twenty outlets, including La Prensa Gráfica (El Salvador), covered the story this week.

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