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The explosive consequences of cow burps (video)

(American Chemical Society) Cows burp up more gas than you might think possible when they're digesting grass. Most of that gas is methane, a potent greenhouse gas, which is bad news for the planet. This video from Reactions explains why the chemistry of cow guts is such a busy area of study.

American Chemical Society's 255th National Meeting & Exposition Press Conference Schedule

Attend press conferences live -- online at or in person -- at the 255th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Press conferences will be held Monday, March 19, through Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Below is the schedule, which will be updated as needed.

Wildfire intensity impacts water quality and its treatment in forested watersheds

(American Chemical Society) The recent Thomas Fire was the largest wildfire in in California's modern history. Now, researchers report that wildfires in forested watersheds can have a variable but predictable impact on the substances that are released from soils and flow into drinking water sources. Show More Summary

Progress toward a new flu treatment, thanks to a small tweak

(American Chemical Society) This year's aggressive flu season reminds everyone that although the flu vaccine can reduce the number of people who contract the virus, it is still not 100 percent effective. A tweak to a small-molecule drug...Show More Summary

Laura’s Best Bird EVER! Chapter 4. Baby Joey and the Las Vegas Great-tailed Grackles

Russ took this photo later the same day that Joey and I encountered the grackles. I didn't take any photos while we were at Sunset Park. When my son Joey was a baby, Russ attended a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Las Vegas. Show More Summary

More realistic and accurate organs-on-chips

(American Chemical Society) In a step toward better diagnosis and treatment of digestive conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, scientists report in ACS Biomaterials & Engineering that they have developed a first-of-its-kind collagen-based membrane for use in microchips. Show More Summary

Taming biofuel-loving microbes

(American Chemical Society) Most people are cautious around gasoline and diesel for good reason, but some microbes love the stuff -- especially biofuels that contain fatty acid derivatives. So, as the world tries to go 'green,' it also has to consider the slime that such microbes leave behind, clogging up equipment and killing engines. Show More Summary

With a TENG, solar cells could work come rain or shine

(American Chemical Society) Despite the numerous advances in solar cells, one thing remains constant: cloudy, rainy conditions put a damper on the amount of electricity created. Now researchers reporting in the journal ACS Nano have developed hybrid solar cells that can generate power from raindrops.

Recruiting the immune system to prevent relapse

(American Chemical Society) Substance abuse, particularly opioid abuse, is an ongoing issue in the US. While treatments such as drug counseling and a handful of medications to combat withdrawal symptoms and cravings exist, the fear and risk of relapsing is real. Show More Summary

An improved anti-addiction medication

(American Chemical Society) Drug addiction continues to plague vast numbers of people across the world, destroying and ending lives, while attempts to develop more effective pharmaceutical addiction treatments continue. Scientists now...Show More Summary

Wine polyphenols could fend off bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease

(American Chemical Society) Sipping wine is good for your colon and heart, possibly because of the beverage's abundant and structurally diverse polyphenols. Now researchers report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that wine polyphenols might also be good for your oral health.

How chemistry can improve bargain hot cocoa (video)

(American Chemical Society) Nobody really likes bargain hot cocoa powder. It's lumpy, it's too thin and it leaves scummy residue behind. But premium hot cocoa mix is too expensive for some imbibers. Fortunately, Reactions is here with some easy kitchen chemistry hacks to turn cheap cocoa mix into a satisfying cold weather pick-me-up.

Nanotechnology could redefine oral surgery

(American Chemical Society) A trip to the dentist or orthodontist usually instills a sense of dread in most patients, and that's before the exam even begins. Add to that the fear of oral surgery with a painful recovery, and many people will avoid these visits at all costs. Show More Summary

Coffee threatened by climate change, disease, pests

(American Chemical Society) According to connoisseurs, the tastiest of coffee beans come from the Coffea arabica shrub, a fragile weakling that is susceptible to diseases and pests. And climate change isn't making things any easier for the plant. Show More Summary

Thermal blankets melt snow quickly

(American Chemical Society) Removing snow piled high in parking lots and along roadsides could soon be a far less tedious task. In a study appearing in ACS' journal Langmuir, scientists report that they have tested sunlight-absorbing thermal blankets capable of melting snow three times faster than it would on its own. Show More Summary

Low FODMAP diet could provide relief for patients with irritable bowel syndrome

(American Chemical Society) Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a collection of ailments with common symptoms such as painful bloating and diarrhea. Symptoms can be so severe that in a 2007 survey, patients said they would give up, on average, 15 years of their lives to experience relief. Show More Summary

Printable, colorful camouflage with polymers

(American Chemical Society) In nature, colors can serve as a form of communication, but they can also hide animals and plants, camouflaging them from sight. Researchers now report in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they have developed polymers that can better mimic nature's color-changing abilities than existing polymers. Show More Summary

Why More Scientists Are Running For Office in 2018

Getting scientists to become more politically involved has been an ongoing movement this year, with groups like the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Chemical Society encouraging scientists to voice their opinions and even join protests, like the March for Science in April 2017. Now, hundreds of scientists and STEM professionals are…

Mind-controlling molecules from wasp venom could someday help Parkinson's patients

(American Chemical Society) After being stung by a parasitic wasp, the American cockroach loses control of its behavior, becoming host to the wasp's egg. Days later, the hatchling consumes the cockroach alive. While this is a gruesome...Show More Summary

A genetic trigger adds branches to plants, could boost crop yields

(American Chemical Society) When it comes to agriculture from branched plants, such as apple trees, the more branches that bear fruit, the better. But in the real world, there's a limit to the number of branches that plants make -- a gene tends to put the brakes on this splitting process called shoot branching. Show More Summary

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