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. 

BBC News (United Kingdom: 75.48 million unique monthly visits)
“Mercury mystery: Poisonous element persists in tuna”
Feb. 21, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

To see if these actions had had an impact on mercury levels in tuna, researchers examined data from nearly 3,000 tuna muscle samples, from fish captured in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans... The study has been published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

The story was covered by 270 outlets this week, including El Español (Spain) and HuffPost Spain (Spain).

 

The Hill (United States: 18.67 million unique monthly visits)
“Denver communities of color bear the brunt of city's air pollution: Study”
Feb. 21, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

The disparity in environmental conditions is due to historic tendencies for these populations to reside in both historically redlined neighbors and near highways, according to the study, published on Wednesday in Environmental Science and Technology.

Seventeen outlets, including The Denver Post and The Colorado Sun, covered the story this week.

 

News Medical (United Kingdom: 4.24 million unique monthly visits)
“Female ginseng compound holds promise as osteoporosis treatment”
Feb. 21, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

In the search for alternative drug candidates, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have discovered and fully replicated a compound from a botanical source, female ginseng, that had potent anti-osteoporotic activity in cellular tests.

Eighteen outlets, including Medical Xpress, covered the story this week.

 

Phys.org (Isle of Man, United Kingdom: 7.60 million unique monthly visits)
“A new vibrant blue pottery pigment with less cobalt”
Feb. 22, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

The cobalt-doped barium aluminosilicate colorant described in ACS Applied Optical Materials withstands the high temperatures found in a kiln and provides a bright color to glazed tiles.

Seven outlets, including Technology Networks (United Kingdom), covered the story.

 

Ars Technica (New York, NY: 7.73 million unique monthly visits)
“New compact facial-recognition system passes test on Michelangelo's David”
Feb. 19, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Scientists have now developed a new facial recognition system that employs flatter, simpler optics that also require less energy, according to a recent paper published in the journal Nano Letters.

Twenty-two outlets covered the story this week.

 

Notícias ao Minuto (Portugal: 3.76 million unique monthly visits)
“Médica conta razão por que jamais usa tábuas de cozinha de plástico” [Doctor explains why she never uses plastic kitchen cutting boards]
Feb. 20, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Segundo um estudo publicado, em 2023, pela revista científica Environmental Science and Technology, estima-se que a exposição anual de uma pessoa a microplásticos seja de sete a 50,7 gramas ao usar uma tábua de corte de polietileno e de 49,5 gramas ao usar uma tábua de corte de polipropileno. [According to a study published in 2023 by the scientific journal Environmental Science and Technology, it is estimated that a person's annual exposure to microplastics is seven to 50.7 grams when using a polyethylene cutting board and 49.5 grams when using a polypropylene cutting board.]

Three outlets covered the story this week.

 

New York Post (New York, NY: 66.00 million unique monthly visits)
“Thousands of decaying barrels off Los Angeles coast may contain radioactive waste: report”
Feb. 22, 2024

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara initially thought the barrels contained the toxic pesticide Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane — but new findings suggest they could be carrying tritium and carbon-1, according to a study published Wednesday in Environmental Science & Technology.

Thirty-two outlets, including The Washington Times (United States) and The Orange County Register (United States), covered the story this week.

 

Fast Company (New York, NY: 4.62 million unique monthly visits)
“This new nanoparticle paint could make planes lighter, saving billions of dollars and tons of CO2
Feb. 22, 2024

These nanospheres are almost-invisible silicon crystals that, according to new research published in the peer-reviewed journal ACS Applied Nano Materials, reflect light in such a way that can cover a full spectrum of vibrant, lasting colors.

Five outlets covered the story this week.

 

Interesting Engineering (San Francisco, CA: 3.39 million unique monthly visits)
“Scientists arrange particles 100x thinner than human hair to perfection”
Feb. 21, 2024

A collaboration between researchers at various European universities has now succeeded in arranging very small particles in a layer up to 100 times thinner than human hair without using any solvents... The research findings were published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

 

New Atlas (Australia: 2.54 million unique monthly visits)
“Replacement brain cells, grown to order”
Feb. 21, 2024

Damaged brain tissue can be re-grown using a new method that lets researchers guide stem cells into exactly the type of brain cells they need for a particular spot... The study was published in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.

KTBS-TV (Shreveport, LA: 1.24 million unique monthly visits)
“Pesticides used to protect seeds bad for health of earthworms”
Feb. 14, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

The authors say their study, published in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science & Technology Letters journal, highlights the unexpected risks of using such pesticides in treating seeds.

Fifty-four outlets, including ScienceDaily (United States) and Technology Networks (United Kingdom), covered the story this week.

 

New York Post (New York, NY: 66.00 million unique monthly visits)
“This one kitchen item could be wreaking havoc on your health – and it's not a microwave”
Feb. 17, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Plastic cutting boards are likely releasing microplastics into your food, according to a recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology. In that academic article, scholars theorized that plastic cutting board users could be exposed to millions of plastic particles due to the repeated strike of the knife.

Nine outlets covered the story this week.

 

20 Minutos (Spain: 24.78 million unique monthly visits)
“¿Agua o papel higiénico? Así debes limpiarte tras ir al baño, según la ciencia” [Water or toilet paper? This is how you should clean yourself after going to the bathroom, according to science]
Feb. 16, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Y parece que el papel higiénico a menudo contiene los llamados 'químicos eternos tóxicos' (PFAS o sustancias per- y polifluoralquiladas), según se explica en el medio Environmental Science & Technology Letters. [And it seems that toilet paper often contains so-called “forever chemicals” (PFAS or per- and polyfluoroalkylated substances), as explained in the Environmental Science & Technology Letters.]

Fourteen outlets, including Público (Portugal), covered the story this week.

 

Nguoi Lao Dong (Vietnam: 4.99 million unique monthly visits)
“Ăn bánh có chứa bã cà phê, kết quả bất ngờ” [Eating cake containing coffee grounds, surprising results]
Feb. 14, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Bài công bố trên tạp chí khoa học ACS Omega kết luật các phát hiện mới cho thấy cà phê hoặc trà đã qua sử dụng có thể là một cách tự nhiên và bền vững để cải thiện thời hạn sử dụng và bổ sung dinh dưỡng cho các loại bánh nướng hoặc các món ăn khác. [The paper, published in the scientific journal ACS Omega, concludes that the new findings suggest that used coffee or tea may be a natural and sustainable way to improve shelf life and supplement nutrients in foods. baked goods or other dishes.]

 

Freethink (New York, NY: 1.09 million unique monthly visits)
“Cobalt-free batteries could power cars of the future”
Feb. 12, 2024
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

“I think this material could have a big impact because it works really well,” says Mircea Dincă, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT... Dincă is the senior author of the study, which appears in the journal ACS Central Science.

Five outlets covered the story this week.

 

New Scientist (London, United Kingdom: 4.16 million unique monthly visits)
“Lasers smaller than a human hair emit doughnut-shaped light”
Feb. 15, 2024

Tiny, hollow wires can produce doughnut-shaped laser light that could be used to levitate small objects or transmit information. [Adapted from research published in ACS Photonics.]

Four outlets covered the story this week.

 

Times of India (India: 31.13 million unique monthly visits)
“New paper-based platform can rapidly detect antibiotic-resistant bacteria”
Feb. 15, 2024

The latest research, published in the journal ACS Sensors, addressed this challenge by developing a rapid diagnosis protocol that uses a luminescent paper-based platform to detect the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Twenty-five outlets, including The Hindu (India) and The Tribune (India), covered the story this week.

 

ScienceAlert (Canberra, Australia: 15.42 million unique monthly visits)
“This Common Food Preservative May Not Be as Harmless as We Thought”
Feb. 17, 2024

A common preservative used in food products from beer to sausages to cheese has the potential to interact with the human gut microbiome in unexpected and perhaps damaging ways... The research has been published in ACS Chemical Biology.

Twenty-four outlets, including Diabetes (United Kingdom), covered the story this week.

 

SciTechDaily (United Kingdom: 6.87 million unique monthly visits)
“Silicon Strikes Back: 96% Viral Reduction Without Chemicals”
Feb. 15, 2024

A team of researchers from the URV and RMIT University (Australia) has designed and manufactured a surface that uses mechanical means to mitigate the infectious potential of viruses. Made of silicon, the artificial surface consists of a series of tiny spikes that damage the structure of viruses when they come into contact with it. [Adapted from research published in ACS Nano.]

Four outlets covered the story this week.

 

Interesting Engineering (San Francisco, CA: 3.39 million unique monthly visits)
“Lightweight, compact wearable thermal device developed for clothes
Feb. 16, 2024

This upgraded wearable smart clothing aims to address the limitations of traditional wearable thermal control devices, such as bulkiness and noisy components, by developing a compact, stylish, and self-sensing device that can provide personal thermal comfort. [Adapted from research published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.]

Sixteen outlets, including Nico Nico (Japan), covered the story this week.

Neuroscience News (United States: 2.52 million unique monthly visits) 
“New Sensor Lights Up Path to Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis” 
Feb. 5, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Researchers introduced a novel fluorescence imaging technique that can detect amyloids, key biomarkers in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, offering a simpler alternative to PET scans. [Adapted from research published in ACS Sensors.]

Nineteen outlets, including News Medical (United Kingdom), covered the story this week.

 

CHIP (Munich, Germany: 21.94 million unique monthly visits) 
“Durchbruch in der Elektroauto-Branche: Organische Batterien könnten Kobalt überflüssig machen” [Breakthrough in the electric car industry: Organic batteries could make cobalt unnecessary] 
Feb. 6, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

In einer im Fachjournal ACS Central Science veröffentlichten Studie beschreiben sie Batterien für Elektroautos, die komplett ohne Kobalt auskommen und stattdessen eine geschichtete organische Kathode verwenden. [In a study published in the journal ACS Central Science, they describe batteries for electric cars that do not contain any cobalt and instead use a layered organic cathode.]

 

Sciences Et Avenir La Recherche (Paris, France: 1.37 million unique monthly visits) 
“L'origine de la vie au cœur des glaces interstellaires?” [The origin of life in the heart of interstellar ice?] 
Feb. 6, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Maintenant, elle est théoriquement connue, grâce à une équipe de chercheurs aux États-Unis et à Taiwan (Asie)... dont les résultats sont publiés dans la revue ACS Central Science. [Now it is theoretically known, thanks to a team of researchers in the United States and Taiwan (Asia)... whose results are published in the journal ACS Central Science.]

 

WFXT-TV (Dedham, MA: 1.33 million unique monthly visits) 
“Paper or plastic? Cape Cod researchers say prototype plastic straw breaks down faster than paper” 
Feb. 5, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute says its scientists have helped develop a prototype bioplastic straw - derived from wood pulp - that degrades even faster than a paper straw... The findings are published in a new paper in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Seven outlets covered the story this week.

 

Consumer Reports (Yonkers, NY: 11.68 million unique monthly visits) 
“How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea” 
Feb. 10, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

If you do choose a bagged tea, know that some bags are less harmful to the environment than others. Some are made with biodegradable paper and others are made with potentially chemical-laden plastic, which can pile up in landfills (and even release microplastics into your brewed tea, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology in 2019).

 

Scientific American (New York, NY: 7.03 million unique monthly visits) 
“Air Pollution Threatens Millions of Lives. Now the Sources Are Shifting” 
Feb. 8, 2024

The team found that the PM2.5 was 80 to 83 percent organic, or carbon-based—up from roughly 50 percent in 2001, according to the study, which was published January 22 in ACS ES&T Air.  

 

The Economist (United Kingdom: 7.09 million unique monthly visits) 
“Universities are failing to boost economic growth” 
Feb. 5, 2024

In the 1960s the research and development (R&D) unit of DuPont, a chemicals company, published more articles in the Journal of the American Chemical Society than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Caltech combined.

 

Medical News Today (United Kingdom: 63.92 million unique monthly visits) 
“A new urine test may be able to detect ovarian cancer early” 
Feb. 10, 2024

Scientists are working on a potential urine-based test to help detect ovarian cancer in its early stages. The researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University published their study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Fourteen outlets, including Mint (India), covered the story this week.

 

ScienceAlert (Canberra, Australia: 15.42 million unique monthly visits) 
“Scientists Slowed Down Light by 10,000 Times in an Experiment” 
Feb. 11, 2024

The researchers behind the breakthrough, from Guangxi University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, say that their method could benefit computing and optical communication... The research has been published in Nano Letters.

Twenty-seven outlets, including Netease (China), covered the story this week.

 

SciTechDaily (Encinitas, CA: 6.87 million unique monthly visits) 
“Scientists Identify Potential Solvents for Building on the Moon and Mars” 
Feb. 7, 2024

Using machine learning and computational modeling, Washington State University researchers have found about half a dozen good candidates for solvents that can extract materials on the moon and Mars usable in 3D printing. The work, reported in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, is led by Soumik Banerjee, associate professor in WSU’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

Three outlets covered the story this week.

 

Interesting Engineering (San Francisco, CA: 3.39 million unique monthly visits) 
“This new sensor is ‘1M times’ more sensitive in detecting lead in water” 
Feb. 6, 2024

A new type of ultra-sensitive sensor has been made to detect incredibly low levels of lead ions in water... The findings were published in the journal Nano Letters.

Twenty outlets, including Technology Networks (United Kingdom) and Nanowerk (United States), covered the story this week.

 

BNN Bloomberg (Toronto, Canada: 1.67 million unique monthly visits) 
“New York City Is Considering a Laundry Pods Crackdown” 
Feb. 8, 2024

“We believed that... if we didn’t fund independent scientific research on this topic, it was unlikely that anyone else would fund this anytime soon,” said Sarah Paiji Yoo, co-founder and CEO of Blueland, who noted that the study was peer-reviewed and presented at a conference for the American Chemical Society.

Earth.com (Reno, NV: 2.74 million unique monthly visits) 
“Some plastic straws degrade faster than others” 
Jan. 31, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

In a recent study, scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) examined the degradation rates of different types of straws in the ocean... The study is published in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

More than 140 outlets, including La Nación (Argentina) and Europa Press (Spain), covered the story this week.

 

Technology Networks (United Kingdom: 465,000 unique monthly visits) 
“Lab-Grown Wheat Protein Grown to Form 'Muscle' and ‘Fat’ Layers” 
Jan. 30, 2034 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Now, researchers in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering report that the non-allergenic wheat protein glutenin successfully grew striated muscle layers and flat fat layers, which could be combined to produce meat-like textures.   

Thirty outlets covered the story this week.

 

Phys.org (Isle of Man, United Kingdom: 7.60 million umv) 
“A sleeker facial recognition technology tested on Michelangelo's David” 
Feb. 2, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

Now, researchers report in Nano Letters a sleeker 3D surface imaging system with flatter, simplified optics. In proof-of-concept demonstrations, the new system recognized the face of Michelangelo's David just as well as an existing smartphone system. 

Thirty-seven outlets, including ScienceDaily (United States), covered the story.

 

Business Insider (New York, NY: 51.20 million umv) 
“I tried the perfect space meal for astronauts, and it was surprisingly flavorful and easy to make” 
Feb. 4, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

To that end, an international team of scientists calculated 10 different combinations of crops that could be grown on deep-space missions and published their results in the American Chemical Society's peer-reviewed journal [ACS] Food Science & Technology

Eleven outlets, including Atlas Obscura (United States) and Inverse (United States), covered the story.

 

Naver (Seongnam, South Korea: 43.08 million unique monthly visits) 
“자기장 이용해 뇌 수술 없이 파킨슨병 치료한다” [Treating Parkinson's disease without brain surgery using magnetic fields] 
Feb. 1, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

국내 연구진이 자기장을 이용해 무선으로 파킨슨병을 치료할 수 있는 기술을 개발했다... 이번 연구 결과는 국제학술지 ‘나노 레터스(Nano Letters)’에 지난 1월 10일 게재됐다. [A domestic research team has developed a technology that can treat Parkinson's disease wirelessly using magnetic fields... The results of this study were published on January 10 in the international academic journal Nano Letters.] 

Thirty-two outlets, including Newis (South Korea) and Nocutnews (South Korea), covered the story this week.

 

TechSpot (Miami, FL: 3.36 million unique monthly visits) 
“Artificial plants can convert wind and rain into electricity” 
Jan. 31, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

The American Chemical Society (ACS) recently [published] a paper detailing a fake plant that could harvest energy from wind and rain. Combining two clean power methods into a single device could facilitate efforts to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. [Adapted from research published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.] 

Six outlets covered the story this week.

 

OilPrice.com (United Kingdom: 2.21 unique monthly visits) 
“Organic Cathode Batteries: A Leap Forward in Eco-Friendly Energy Storage” 
Jan. 31, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

The lithium-ion battery includes a cathode based on organic materials to replace the cobalt or nickel. The reporting paper has been published in ACS Central Science.  

Thirteen outlets, including PV Magazine (Germany), covered the story this week.

 

HealthCentral (New York, NY: 2.06 million unique monthly visits) 
“Simple Kitchen Swaps to Reduce Your Exposure to Microplastics” 
Jan. 30, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

In other recent research published in Environmental Science & Technology, study participants with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) were found to have 50% more microplastics in their feces compared with those without the chronic condition.   

 

Midievalists.net (United States: 682,000 unique monthly visits) 
“‘Mona Lisa’ has toxic pigments, study finds” 
Jan. 29, 2024 
Publicized in: ACS PressPac

A new analysis published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society shows that Leonardo’s taste for experimentation extended even to the base layers underneath his paintings. 

 

New York Post (New York, NY: 66.00 million unique monthly visits) 
“My son, 3, drank a slushy and fell unconscious for 2 hours” 
Jan. 31, 2024

Glycerol is an alcohol produced by the hydrolysis of triglycerides or as a byproduct during the manufacture of soap and biodiesel, according to the American Chemical Society

Two outlets covered the story this week.

 

Medical News Today (United Kingdom: 63.92 million unique monthly visits) 
“Cancer-causing protein can be altered to stop disease from spreading” 
Feb. 1, 2024

Recently, researchers from the University of California, Riverside have found a new way to change the physical properties of a specific protein known to be the culprit in about 75% of all human cancer cases. Scientists hope this new research, recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, could lead to the development of new cancer treatments. 

Twenty-seven outlets, including Kompas (Indonesia) and Futura Sciences (Canada), covered the story.

 

CTV News (Toronto, Canada: 14.50 million umv) 
“A common food additive may be interfering with our gut health, study finds” 
Feb. 5, 2024

Lantibiotics, a modified chain of amino acids that is added to food to prevent the growth of bacteria, is used in everything from beer and sausage to cheese and dipping sauces, according to the research, which was published in ACS Chemical Biology by researchers with the University of Chicago. 

Fifty-seven outlets, including Times of India (India) and Global News (Canada), covered the story.

 

IFL Science (United Kingdom: 5.40 million unique monthly visits) 
“‘Blood Battery’ Prototype Powered by Hemoglobin Unveiled in World First” 
Feb. 1, 2024

Scientists at the University of Córdoba in Spain have come up with a way of incorporating hemoglobin – the key component of red blood cells – into a battery, creating a prototype that kept working for between 20 and 30 days... The study is published in the journal Energy & Fuels

Ten outlets covered the story this week.

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