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Plenaries at American Chemical Society meeting focus on energy, materials, partnerships

(American Chemical Society) Scientists, in four plenary talks, will explore a variety of subjects related to the 'Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes' theme of the 253rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. The meeting will take place April 2 to 6 in San Francisco.

Scientists partner with Google Earth Outreach to analyze methane leaks in US cities

(American Chemical Society) Finding and fixing natural gas leaks is a persistent challenge for utilities across the country. In addition to the serious safety considerations, leaking natural gas -- which is mostly methane -- also contributes the potent greenhouse gas to the atmosphere. Show More Summary

Accounting for sex differences in biomedical research

(American Chemical Society) When it comes to health, a person's sex can play a role. More women in the US have autoimmune diseases than men, for example, whereas boys are more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than girls. Show More Summary

Sea urchin spines could fix bones

(American Chemical Society) More than 2 million procedures every year take place around the world to heal bone fractures and defects from trauma or disease, making bone the second most commonly transplanted tissue after blood. To help improve the outcomes of these surgeries, scientists have developed a new grafting material from sea urchin spines. Show More Summary

Kavli Lectures: Physical chemistry of polymer networks, CRISPR systems for genome editing

(American Chemical Society) Advances in understanding polymer networks and CRISPR-inspired genome engineering tools will be the topics of a pair of Kavli Lectures at the 253rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. The meeting will take place April 2 to 6 in San Francisco.

What's the best way to cook pasta? (video)

(American Chemical Society) Cooking pasta chemically changes how the proteins and starches interact, making noodles sticky and springy. Therefore, what you do -- or don't do -- to the cooking water can change the edible result. With a little chemistry know-how, you can serve up a delectable al dente pasta instead of a an unappetizing ball of noodles. Show More Summary

How to make tomatoes taste awesome again (video)

(American Chemical Society) Why are so many supermarket tomatoes tasteless and rock hard? This video shows how scientists are learning how tomatoes mature so that soon you may see and taste totally terrific tomatoes at the supermarket. Watch the latest Speaking of Chemistry video here: https://youtu.be/ZKKvsQNozX8.

American Chemical Society national meeting features presidential events

(American Chemical Society) American Chemical Society (ACS) President Allison A. Campbell, Ph.D., will focus on areas of significant importance -- the health of our planet, the safe practice of science and strong technical programming -- at the ACS 253rd National Meeting & Exposition, April 2-6, in San Francisco. Show More Summary

Foreign graduate students and postdocs consider leaving the US

(American Chemical Society) On March 6, President Donald Trump signed a second executive order to suspend immigration from six predominately Muslim countries, this time excluding Iraq from the list. According to an article in Chemical...Show More Summary

The chemistry of redheads (video)

(American Chemical Society) The thing that sets redheads apart from the crowd is pigmentation. Most humans produce the brown-black eumelanin while redheads have a genetic variant making more reddish pheomelanin. How red hair is produced by redheads' cells might also explain why they have different sensation to pain. Show More Summary

Can we reverse aging by tweaking our biological machinery?

(American Chemical Society) Humans have been looking for ways to cheat death for centuries. And while we've succeeded in extending our life span, many people suffer ill health in their later years. Now researchers have pivoted to study ways to improve our 'health span' to allow us to enjoy our longevity. Show More Summary

Moving toward faster, more accurate detection of food- and water-borne bacteria

(American Chemical Society) Food poisoning is a scourge. Yet preventing it is far from foolproof. But in a new study in Analytical Chemistry, scientists report that they are closing in on a way to use a combination of color-changingShow More Summary

How rare sugars might help control blood glucose

(American Chemical Society) In an era when the label 'natural' hits a sweet spot with consumers, some uncommon sugars emerging on the market could live up to the connotation. Preliminary animal studies have suggested that allulose and other low-calorie, natural rare sugars could help regulate glucose levels. Show More Summary

Why a Vegan Pork Substitute Could Soon Be Used to Make Chocolate

As a global cocoa bean shortage looms, scientists from the American Chemical Society say that jackfruit seeds—which have a similar aroma to cocoa—could play a vital role in chocolate manufacturing.

A bright 'glow stick' marker for cells

(American Chemical Society) Any child who has played with a glowstick or captured a firefly understands the wonder of chemiluminescence, or chemical light. This process is already used to detect blood at crime scenes and to determine the concentrations of different components of biological samples. Show More Summary

Pulling the curtain back on the high cost of drugs

(American Chemical Society) Extreme price hikes for a handful of pharmaceuticals in recent years have severely soured public sentiment toward the industry. Drugmakers are pushing back with a public relations campaign to highlight the new treatments they bring to the table. Show More Summary

Toward a safer permanent hair dye that mimics melanin

(American Chemical Society) Coloring hair has become a common practice, particularly for people who want to hide their graying locks. But an ingredient in many of today's commercial hair dyes has been linked to allergic reactions and skin irritation. Show More Summary

Jackfruit seeds could help ease looming cocoa bean shortage

(American Chemical Society) Chocolate lovers could soon have a harder time satisfying their sweet tooth. Worldwide demand for this mouth-watering treat is outstripping the production of cocoa beans, its primary ingredient. But in a study...Show More Summary

How to monitor urine in pools -- by testing sweetness

(American Chemical Society) Even though Olympic swimmers have admitted doing it, peeing in the pool is not a condoned practice. Urine contributes to the formation of compounds in pool water that can be harmful to people's health. Now scientists are tackling a new way to monitor water quality: by measuring how sweet it is. Show More Summary

The farm of the future? (video)

(American Chemical Society) There's a new trend in agriculture called vertical farming. Familiar farms are outside with horizontal fields. But modern technology now allows us to stack fields vertically, just as we've stacked housing into apartment buildings. Show More Summary

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