ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: May 13, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: May 13, 2015


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Potential obesity treatment targets the two sides of appetite: Hunger and feeling full

Our bodies’ hormones work together to tell us when to eat and when to stop. But for many people who are obese, this system is off-balance. Now scientists have designed a hormone-like compound to suppress hunger and boost satiety...

How used coffee-grounds could make some food more healthful

Coffee has gone from dietary foe to friend in recent years, partly due to the revelation that it’s rich in antioxidants. Now even spent coffee-grounds are gaining attention for being chock-full of these compounds, which have potential...

Light it up: Materials crystallize with surprising properties (video)

Think about your favorite toys as a child. Did they light up or make funny noises when you touched them? Maybe they changed shape or texture. Today in ACS Central Science, researchers report a new material that combines many of these...

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions with a more effective carbon capture method

Trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and various industries could play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future. But current materials that can collect CO2 — from smokestacks...

Disposable wipes are costing sewage systems millions of dollars

Several class-action lawsuits filed recently against the makers of flushable wet-wipes have brought to light a serious — and unsavory — problem: The popular cleaning products might be clogging sewer systems. But whether the...

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Evidence from the Smoking Gun: Organic Components of Gunshot Residue

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 2-3 p.m. ET
The discharge of a firearm produces a wealth of physical and chemical evidence, a portion of which is deposited on the hands of the shooter. Join ACS Expert Suzanne Bell in this ACS Webinar as she discusses the recent developments in the analysis of organic compounds associated with firearms discharge and how this evidence can be used to bolster existing forensic methods.

Toolkits on Global Challenges/Research Funding

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ACS Video of the Month

Why Too Much Stress Is Bad For You - by Reactions

Cortisol is supposed to help keep your body healthy in stressful situations. But the constant stress of our everyday lives means we’re getting overexposed to the hormone. Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., explains why too much of it is bad for you in the latest episode of the Reactions series "Get To Know A Molecule."

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C&EN Video Spotlight

How To Make Synthetic Leather In An Eco-friendly Way

Synthetic leather is in our car seats and our stylish jackets. But at least one of the chemicals used to make faux leather is highly toxic. Watch this video to find out how companies usually make pleather and hear about a "greener" manufacturing process that's in the works.

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