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US textile industry returning to life

(American Chemical Society) After years of losing market share to overseas manufacturers, American textile and fiber makers say their industry is turning around. A story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explores how advancing technology in the field is allowing the US textile industry to gain new ground.

New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

(American Chemical Society) When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now,...Show More Summary

Urban agriculture only provides small environmental benefits in northeastern US

(American Chemical Society) 'Buy local' sounds like a great environmental slogan, epitomized for city dwellers by urban agriculture. But when it comes to growing fruits and vegetables in vacant lots and on rooftops in cities, is theShow More Summary

Plant inspiration could lead to flexible electronics

(American Chemical Society) Versatile, light-weight materials that are both strong and resilient are crucial for the development of flexible electronics, such as bendable tablets and wearable sensors. Aerogels are good candidates for such applications, but until now, it's been difficult to make them with both properties. Show More Summary

The chemistry of olive oil (video)

(American Chemical Society) Whether you have it with bread or use it to cook, olive oil is awesome. But a lot of chemistry can make or break a product. Extra virgin olive oil is the most expensive (and most delicious) variety, in part thanks to its low acidity. Show More Summary

First CRISPR crop could debut in 2020

(American Chemical Society) The gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9 made a huge splash in the news when it was initially announced. But the first commercial product, expected around 2020, could make it to the market without much fanfare: It's a waxy corn destined to contribute to paper glue and food thickeners. Show More Summary

Gluten-free beer from Witkop teff grains

(American Chemical Society) For celiac patients and others on gluten-free diets, it seems like gluten is everywhere -- cakes, cookies and breads. It's even in most beers. But now, one team reports in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that beers made with Witkop teff grains may be a good alternative to traditionally brewed barley beers.

Beetles spark development of color-changing nanoparticles for commercial use

(American Chemical Society) Inspired by the varying colors that gleam off of beetle shells, scientists have developed color-shifting nanoparticles that can change hue even after being embedded into a material. A report on the new, inexpensive...Show More Summary

Bacteria from cystic fibrosis patient could help thwart antibiotic-resistant TB

(American Chemical Society) The number of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) cases is rising globally. But a newly discovered natural antibiotic -- produced by bacteria from the lung infection in a cystic fibrosis patient -- could help fight these infections. Show More Summary

Making hydrogen fuel from humid air

(American Chemical Society) One of the biggest hurdles to the widespread use of hydrogen fuel is making hydrogen efficiently and cleanly. Now researchers report in the journal ACS Nano a new way to do just that. They incorporated a photocatalyst...Show More Summary

Organic conditions boost flavonoids and antioxidant activity in onions

(American Chemical Society) Five years ago, a highly publicized meta-analysis of more than 200 studies concluded that organic food was no more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Since then, however, additional work has suggested the organic foods contain more health-benefiting phytochemicals. Show More Summary

Polar bears' declining mercury levels likely due to climate-related shifts

(American Chemical Society) To understand how human activities are affecting the planet, scientists often study the health of animals in the wild. Now a new study, appearing in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, finds that the levels of mercury in some polar bears are declining. Show More Summary

Do anti-wrinkle creams work? (video)

(American Chemical Society) Skin can stay firm and stretchy thanks to protein fibers in the tissue beneath the surface. But smoking or ultraviolet rays from the sun can produce damage the body's ability to keep skin supported. Anti-wrinkle treatments claim they rejuvenate the cells, so we dive into the science to see if they work. Show More Summary

First dual-targeting nanoparticles lower cancer's defenses and attack tumors

(American Chemical Society) Cancer immunotherapy has emerged as one of the most exciting directions in cancer treatment. But the approach only works in a fraction of patients and can cause nasty side effects. Now, in the journal ACSShow More Summary

Chemistry life hacks: Food edition (video)

(American Chemical Society) Reactions is back with another round of chemistry life hacks. Our latest episode brings chemistry to the kitchen, and features science-backed tips to cook rice with fewer calories, get extra juicy chicken (when you don't have time to marinate) and keep sliced fruit from browning too quickly. Show More Summary

How the Nazis invented nerve agents like sarin (video)

(American Chemical Society) Nerve agents are arguably the most brutal chemical weapons. These infamous compounds, which include sarin gas and VX, originated in Nazi Germany when a chemist was trying to develop a more effective insecticide. Show More Summary

Searching beyond graphene for new wonder materials

(American Chemical Society) Graphene, the two-dimensional, ultra lightweight and super-strong carbon film, has been hailed as a wonder material since its discovery in 2004. Now researchers are going beyond graphene and preparing other 2-D films with extraordinary properties for applications in wearable electronics, sensors and energy storage. Show More Summary

Press registration opens for 2017 fall national meeting of the American Chemical Society

(American Chemical Society) Journalists may now apply for press credentials for the American Chemical Society's 254th National Meeting & Exposition, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year. It will be held Aug. 20-24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Chemical Safety Board faces uncertain future

(American Chemical Society) Under President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget, the world's only independent body dedicated to investigating chemical-related industrial accidents would be abolished. A story in Chemical & Engineering...Show More Summary

Paper test strip could help heart failure patients monitor their condition at home

(American Chemical Society) Contrary to the condition's name, heart failure doesn't mean the heart has stopped pumping -- it's just not working at full strength. It can often be managed with medications and lifestyle changes, but its progression needs to be monitored closely. Show More Summary

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