ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: May 06, 2015

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: May 6, 2015


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A step toward avoiding the dreaded chocolate ‘bloom’

Chocolate is one of the world’s most popular foods, but when a whitish coating called a bloom appears on the confection’s surface, it can make consumers think twice about eating it. The coating is made up of fats and is edible, but it changes...

Thermometer-like device could help diagnose heart attacks

Diagnosing a heart attack can require multiple tests using expensive equipment. But not everyone has access to such techniques, especially in remote or low-income areas. Now scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like...

The next step in DNA computing: GPS mapping?

Conventional silicon-based computing, which has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent decades, is pushing against its practical limits. DNA computing could help take the digital era to the next level. Scientists are now reporting progress...

Many plastics labeled 'biodegradable' don't break down as expected

Plastic products advertised as biodegradable have recently emerged, but they sound almost too good to be true. Scientists have now found out that, at least for now, consumers have good reason to doubt these claims. In a new study...

Supreme Court to decide fate of EPA mercury rule with billions at stake

The justices of the nation’s highest court are weighing whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered potential compliance costs before proceeding with a rule that requires power plants to reduce their mercury...

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Science, Skepticism, and Knowledge: Three Tools for the Practicing Chemist

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 2-3 PM ET
Any good scientist needs three things: a good definition of what science is and what science is not, a well-developed sense of skepticism, and an awareness of the boundary between the known and the unknown. Join ACS Fellow David Ball for this ACS Webinar as he provides a fresh perspective on these three tools.

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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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