ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: January 20, 2016

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: January 20, 2016


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How ocean acidification and warming could affect the culturing of pearls

Pearls have adorned the necklines of women throughout history, but some evidence suggests that the gems' future could be uncertain. Increasingly acidic seawater causes oyster shells to weaken, which doesn't bode well...

Toward consistently good pinot noir

The grapes used to make pinot noir, the red wine of hit comedy "Sideways" fame, are known to be literally and figuratively thin-skinned. They're highly sensitive to their environment, making it difficult for growers...

Using light for targeted drug delivery could help fight tumors, local infections

Some drug regimens, such as those designed to eliminate tumors, are notorious for nasty side effects. Unwanted symptoms are often the result of medicine going where it's not needed and harming healthy cells...

Toward roads that de-ice themselves

As winter approaches, stores, cities and homeowners are stocking up on salt, gravel and sand in anticipation of slippery roads. But this annual ritual in colder climates could soon become unnecessary...

Policy fights over climate change, commercial chemicals on deck for 2016

These days, Congress is known for partisan bickering rather than legislating, but the upcoming year could still prove to be an interesting one for science-related issues, including climate change and consumer...

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ACS Editors' Choice

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ACS National Meeting News

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ACS Webinars®

2016 Drug Design and Delivery Symposium

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2 - 3 p.m. ET

Join ACS Webinars®, the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry, and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists for a new symposium for 2016. Next year’s webinar series has been divided into different modules in order to provide three short, comprehensive perspectives on the drug design and delivery process including the importance of time, thinking beyond traditional small molecules and revisiting pharmacology.

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

Nerding out on Star Wars Science

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens hits movie screens this week with edge-of-your-seat action scenes and, of course, lots of lightsabers. Reactions explores the science behind the Star Wars franchise.

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C&EN Video Spotlight

The Four New Elements & How We Got Them

Speaking of Chemistry explains all the fuss about the periodic table's four new elements — and why they're not buying into it.

Youtube ID: ItrYpHsymfI

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