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Gorilla Glass debuts in car windshields

(American Chemical Society) Chemically toughened glass already keeps cell phone screens (mostly) crack-free, and now this type of glass is starting to make its mark in the auto industry in car windshields. According to an article inShow More Summary

Brain protein changes could explain how concussions affect patients

(American Chemical Society) Traumatic brain injuries, whether suffered from a blow on the football field or the battle field, can be devastating, leading to disability and shortened lives. However, little is known about how different levels of injury and time affect the brain, hindering efforts to develop effective treatments. Show More Summary

A step toward ridding register receipts of BPA

(American Chemical Society) Although the US and other countries have banned or restricted the use of bisphenol A (BPA) because of environmental and health concerns, it is still used in thermally printed receipts and labels. Now researchers...Show More Summary

Prospective birth control pill for men has its origin in an arrow poison

(American Chemical Society) Women have many options for oral contraceptives that are safe, effective and reversible, but despite decades of research, men have none. Now, scientists report a rat study in ACS' Journal of Medicinal Chemistry that shows they finally have a good lead for a male birth control pill. Show More Summary

The only video you'll ever need to watch about gluten (video)

(American Chemical Society) Bakers on TV are always talking about whether their goodies have enough gluten. But the masses on Twitter act like gluten is some kind of monster hiding in your bread. So what gives? Is gluten good, or isShow More Summary

Company-sponsored CRISPR clinical trials set to start in 2018

(American Chemical Society) This year could be a defining one for CRISPR, the gene editing technique, which has been hailed as an important breakthrough in laboratory research. That's because the first company-sponsored clinical studies...Show More Summary

How to spot fake metals with acids (video)

(American Chemical Society) Acids are reactive, with even weak acids like vinegar interacting with other materials to wow students. But strong acids can really put on a show. For example, aqua regia, or royal water, is a mixture of two strong acids -- hydrochloric and nitric acids -- that can dissolve gold, a noble metal. Show More Summary

The biggest chemistry-related stories from 2017

(American Chemical Society) From a march for science to shifting environmental priorities in the policy realm, chemistry has been on the move and in the headlines in 2017. Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, reviews the most intriguing chemistry stories of the year.

Panning for silver in laundry wastewater

(American Chemical Society) Silver nanoparticles are being used in clothing for their anti-odor abilities but some of this silver comes off when the clothes are laundered. The wastewater from this process could end up in the environment, possibly harming aquatic life, so researchers have attempted to recover the silver. Show More Summary

Blueberry vinegar improves memory in mice with amnesia

(American Chemical Society) Dementia affects millions of people worldwide, robbing them of their ability to think, remember and live as they once did. In the search for new ways to fight cognitive decline, scientists report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that blueberry vinegar might offer some help. Show More Summary

Creating surfaces that repel water and control its flow (video)

(American Chemical Society) To prevent water and ice from making our shoes soggy, frosting our car windows and weighing down power lines with icicles, scientists have been exploring new coatings that can repel water. Now one team has developed a way to direct where the water goes when it's pushed away. Their report appears in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Bringing 'Avatar'-like glowing plants to the real world

(American Chemical Society) The 2009 film 'Avatar' created a lush imaginary world, illuminated by magical, glowing plants. Now researchers are starting to bring this spellbinding vision to life to help reduce our dependence on artificial lighting. They report in ACS' journal Nano Letters a way to infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies. 

Improving cyber security in harsh environments

(American Chemical Society) Many people don't worry about the security of their personal information until it's too late. And protecting data is even more important for military personnel, whose lives could be in danger if some types of information were to get into the wrong hands. Show More Summary

Why do some people hate cilantro? (video)

(American Chemical Society) Cilantro is a popular seasoning, adding flavor to tacos and noodle dishes across the globe. But to some people, it just tastes like soap. Why? Research suggests a genetic cause for cilantro repulsion. Reactions explains why some people can't help their cilantro-phobia: https://youtu.be/HF7Ni347Gvg.

Screening chemicals in everyday products for safety -- without animals

(American Chemical Society) Thousands of substances in toys, electronics and other products have not yet been assessed for their potential risks to consumers. Last year's update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could make this task more manageable by setting a new path for prioritizing and evaluating these risks. Show More Summary

Bioelectronic 'nose' can detect food spoilage by sensing the smell of death

(American Chemical Society) Strong odors are an indicator that food has gone bad, but there could soon be a new way to sniff foul smells earlier on. As reported in ACS Nano, researchers have developed a bioelectronic "nose" that canShow More Summary

'Stressed out' cocoa trees could produce more flavorful chocolate 

(American Chemical Society) Most people agree that chocolate tastes great, but is there a way to make it taste even better? Perhaps, according to scientists who looked at different conditions that can put a strain on cocoa trees. Reporting...Show More Summary

How Xanax works (video)

(American Chemical Society) Whether or not you have anxiety, you've probably heard of Xanax. But what's in this popular and widely prescribed drug, and how does it work? This new video from Reactions describes how Xanax works in the anxious brain: https://youtu.be/Kq6oNcd3d-U.

Army researchers seek better batteries

A team of Army scientists working on more efficient batteries recently published new findings in a peer-reviewed publication from the American Chemical Society.

Army researchers seek better batteries

(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) A team of Army scientists working on more efficient batteries recently published new findings in a peer-reviewed publication from the American Chemical Society.

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