ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: January 06, 2016

ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: January 6, 2016


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Aluminum nanoparticles could improve electronic displays

Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are continually being improved, but almost all currently use color technology that fades over time. Now, a team reports in ACS Nano that using aluminum nanostructures could provide a vivid, low-cost alternative for producing digital color...

Fish-flavored cat food could contribute to feline hyperthyroidism

Over the past three decades, the number of cats diagnosed with hyperthyroidism has increased. A new study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology suggests that fish-flavored cat food could be among the factors contributing to the rise...

Leaf-mimicking device harnesses light to purify water

Scientists have come up with a device that mimics two of a leaf’s processes — photosynthesis and transpiration — to harness solar energy to purify water. Their development, reported in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, could help address issues of water scarcity...

Scientists call for new tools to explore the world’s microbiomes

In October, an interdisciplinary group of scientists proposed forming a Unified Microbiome Initiative (UMI) to explore the world of microorganisms. An article in the journal ACS Nano describes the tools scientists will need...

Wrapping up a year of landmark chemistry news

From a critical international climate pact to corporate mega mergers, 2015 was packed with history-making events in the chemistry world. Chemical & Engineering News highlights the year’s biggest moments in chemistry research, policy and business...

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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

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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 Chemistry of Truffles, the Most Expensive Food in the World

Some people are willing to drop $60 grand for a truffle. Speaking of Chemistry shows how chemistry fuels the fuss over the fungus.

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