ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 02, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 2, 2015


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Coffee compounds that could help prevent type 2 diabetes identified

Much to coffee lovers’ delight, drinking three to four cups of coffee per day has been shown to decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Now, scientists report in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products that they have identified two compounds that contribute to this health benefit...

New stretchable, wearable sensor made with chewing gum (video)

Body sensors, which were once restricted to doctors’ offices, have come a long way. They now allow any wearer to easily track heart rate, steps and sleep cycles around the clock. Soon, they could become even more versatile — with the help of chewing gum...

Study finds flame retardant exposure higher in infants than adults

In October, Macy’s joined a growing list of major retail stores that have pledged to stop selling furniture containing flame retardants. Despite the trend, however, it could take years before widespread exposure declines...

New low-cost battery could help store renewable energy

Wind and solar energy projects are growing at a respectable clip. But storing electric power for days when the air is still or when the sun goes down remains a challenge, largely due to cost. That could soon change...

Healthful hemp poised to grow in U.S.

The U.S. hemp industry has suffered from an association problem. Antidrug officials say distinguishing the plant from its psychoactive cousin, marijuana, is too difficult, so growing it has largely been banned. But the tide could be turning for the nutrient-packed crop...

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Chemistry & the Economy: Global Outlook 2016 

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2 - 3 p.m. ET

Another year has passed us by, and times, they are a changing. Tune in to this ACS Webinar as Paul Hodges of International eChem returns to examine what has been affecting the international and domestic chemical markets and the possible effects of a strengthening dollar.

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 Video of the Month

Do Vitamin Supplements Really Work?

You’ve seen them in late night commercials and at your local pharmacy — little pills that claim to cure your cold, help you wake up or help you lose weight. But do they really work? Watch this video to find out.

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How to Avoid Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful. In this episode of Speaking of Chemistry, guest host Linda Wang explores how kidney stones form and offers tips on how to prevent them.

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