ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: July 29, 2015
ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: July 29, 2015
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News Items in This Edition
An all-natural sunscreen derived from algae
For consumers searching for just the right sunblock this summer, the options can be overwhelming. But scientists are now turning to the natural sunscreen of algae — which is also found in fish slime — to make a novel kind of shield against...
Toward a safe antiobesity drug that could block fat absorption
To help address the global obesity epidemic, scientists are developing a new class of compounds called “micelle sequestrant polymers,” or MSPs, that could prevent fat particles from getting absorbed in the body and thus potentially reduce...
Figuring out how to make tastier wines using fewer pesticides
Wine-making is steeped in age-old traditions, but to address the threat of pests and concerns over heavy pesticide use, vintners are turning to science. With the goal of designing better grape breeds, scientists are parsing the differences...
Cutting carbon emissions could have indirect effects on hunger
As many of the world’s nations prepare and implement plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, researchers say another critical factor needs to be considered. A new study has found for the first time that efforts to keep global temperatures...
The challenge of mining rare-earth materials outside China
Five years ago, the cost of rare-earth materials that are critical for today’s electronics went through the roof. An export quota set by China, which mines most of the world’s rare earths, caused the price run-up. Though short-lived...
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ACS Editors' Choice
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ACS National Meeting News
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X-ray Crystallography in Drug Discovery
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Toolkits on Global Challenges/Research Funding
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ACS Press Release Archive
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ACS Video of the Month
Connecting that Salty Sea Smell and Climate Change
There’s nothing like the smell of salty sea air over summer vacation. But instead of frolicking on the beach, a group of chemists is researching the compounds inside that air. Sea spray aerosols (SSAs) are created with every breaking wave. Kimberly Prather, Ph.D., Timothy Bertram and their teams have discovered in research published in ACS Central Science that SSAs have a huge impact on the planet’s climate. Watch this video for Prather's explanation.
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C&EN Video Spotlight
Keeping Cool without Killing the Planet
Refrigeration is a staple of modern living—we use refrigerants in air conditioners, aerosol spray cans, and, well, refrigerators. But it turns out that the most popular refrigerants of the 20th century depleted the ozone and had high global warming potentials. In this Speaking of Chemistry episode, Sophia Cai takes a look at the pros and cons of recently approved alternatives.
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