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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 21, 2011
Ten years and counting Updating scientific discoveries from the past
Whatever happened to…? Go ahead. Fill in the blanks with one of the highly publicized scientific advances of the past. It’s a question that can puzzle and perplex almost everyone who follows science news, as major discoveries get headlines and are then forgotten.
Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS), provides answers for a group of scientific advances in the cover story in its current edition. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society.
A decade ago, in its annual Chemical Highlights feature, now called Chemical Year In Review, C&EN looked at some of 2001’s key research advances in chemistry and the multiple fields of science that involve chemistry. C&EN reporters have revisited several of those highlighted discoveries to see what became of them. The topics range from self-healing plastics (materials embedded with tiny capsules that rupture and release a healing agent that repairs cracks) to a new genre of electronic devices built with tubes of carbon so small that 10,000 would fit across the width of a human hair.
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