ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 16, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 16, 2015


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Toward roads that de-ice themselves

As winter approaches, stores, cities and homeowners are stocking up on salt, gravel and sand in anticipation of slippery roads. But this annual ritual in colder climates could soon become unnecessary...

Devising an inexpensive, quick tuberculosis test for developing areas

There is no fast, easy way to detect tuberculosis, so the deadly infection can spread quickly through communities. But now, a team reports in ACS Sensors the development of a rapid, sensitive and low-cost method for detecting the disease in resource-limited areas...

Solar cells that can face almost any direction and keep themselves clean

In recent years, a complicated discussion over which direction solar cells should face — south or west — has likely left customers uncertain about the best way to orient their panels. Now researchers are attempting to resolve this issue...

Commercial sea salt samples purchased in China contaminated with microplastics

Tiny plastic bits, collectively known as called microplastics, are in bodies of water around the world and are accumulating in aquatic creatures. Now scientists have reported that they also could be contaminating something else from the sea: its salt...

Wearable electronics move beyond rigid wristbands

It’s not every day that there’s a news story about socks. But in November, a pair won the Best New Wearable Technology Device Award at a Silicon Valley conference. The smart socks, which track foot landings and cadence, are at the forefront of a new generation of wearable electronics...

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Do Vitamin Supplements Really Work?

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Do You Really Need A Flu Shot Every Year?  

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