ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: May 20, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: May 20, 2015


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News Items in This Edition

Toward ‘green’ paper-thin, flexible electronics

The rapid evolution of gadgets has brought us an impressive array of “smart” products from phones to tablets, and now watches and glasses. But they still haven’t broken free from their rigid form. Now scientists are reporting in the...

Experimental Ebola treatment boosts survival in mice

The number of new Ebola cases is tapering off, but the search for new treatments continues. Now, one research team has found potential drug candidates that successfully treated up to 90 percent of mice exposed to the Ebola virus...

Natural gas versus diesel: Examining the climate impacts of natural gas trucks

Some major trucking companies are turning to natural gas to fuel their fleets — and to earn “green” credit among customers. But celebrating lower emissions could be premature, according to an analysis in the ACS journal Environmental...

Making robots more human

Most people are naturally adept at reading facial expressions — from smiling and frowning to brow-furrowing and eye-rolling — to tell what others are feeling. Now scientists have developed ultra-sensitive, wearable sensors that can do the same...

New survey on academic diversity shows little progress

Despite efforts over decades to diversify the ranks of university faculty, only 4 percent of chemistry professorships at 50 leading U.S. colleges and universities are held by underrepresented minorities. 

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ACS Editors' Choice

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ACS National Meeting News

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ACS Webinars®

Avoiding PAINS (pan-assay interference compounds)

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 2-3 p.m. ET
High-throughput screening can produce a wealth of new drug candidates and many promising leads. However, many of these leads are nothing more than dead ends. Join Jonathan Baell for Session 5 of the 2015 Drug Design and Delivery Symposium as he shares some screening strategies and an easy way to recognize if your hits are PAINS. Watch the webinar.

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 Videos

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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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