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What's behind the durian fruit's notorious stench

(American Chemical Society) Most people who have tried durian either love it or hate it. The fruit's yellowish flesh is sweet and custard-like, but it comes with an overpowering stench of garbage. Scientists studying the unique fruit...Show More Summary

Toward a 'smart' patch that automatically delivers insulin when needed

(American Chemical Society) Treatment for certain diabetes cases involves constant monitoring of blood-glucose levels and daily insulin shots. But scientists are now developing a painless 'smart' patch that monitors blood glucose and releases insulin when levels climb too high. The report on the device, which has been tested on mice, appears in the journal ACS Nano.

Harnessing the energy of fireworks for fuel

(American Chemical Society) The world relies heavily on gasoline and other hydrocarbons to power its cars and trucks. In search of an alternative fuel type, some researchers are turning to the stuff of fireworks and explosives: metal powders. Show More Summary

How the new Congress and Trump could affect science

(American Chemical Society) The political ground is set to shift dramatically with the new Republican-led Congress in place and President-elect Donald Trump poised to take over the Oval Office. The cover story in Chemical & Engineering...Show More Summary

Contrary to decades of hype, curcumin alone is unlikely to boost health

(American Chemical Society) Curcumin, a compound in turmeric, continues to be hailed as a natural treatment for a wide range of health conditions, including cancer and Alzheimer's disease. But a new review of the scientific literature on curcumin has found it's probably not all it's ground up to be. Show More Summary

How your cozy fleece could be polluting the ocean

(American Chemical Society) Fleece is a wintertime staple but could be contributing to the next big ocean plastics problem: lint. The lightweight, cozy material sheds some of its synthetic microfibers each time it's washed, and this lint ultimately ends up in surface waters and in fish and other wildlife. Show More Summary

Testing breast milk for cannabinoids

(American Chemical Society) With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana spreading across the country, the drug's use is reportedly increasing among pregnant women. It stands to reason that many of these women will continue to use marijuana after they give birth. Show More Summary

Looking for life in all the right places -- with the right tool

(American Chemical Society) Researchers have invented a range of instruments from giant telescopes to rovers to search for life in outer space, but so far, these efforts have yielded no definitive evidence that it exists beyond Earth. Show More Summary

Using E. coli to detect hormone disruptors in the environment

(American Chemical Society) Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have been implicated in the development of obesity, diabetes and cancer and are found in a wide array of products including pesticides, plastics and pharmaceuticals. EDCs...Show More Summary

The legal battle over CRISPR (video)

(American Chemical Society) CRISPR could potentially engineer super crops, make designer animal models for research and even snip out genetic diseases. Experts say that billions of dollars are at stake. But the landmark technology is embroiled in a legal battle over who controls the patent on CRISPR. Show More Summary

American Chemical Society: Cough medicines no better than placebos

There are questions about whether cough medicines are any good. In a new video posted on the American Chemical Society’s Reactions YouTube site (“Does Cough Medicine Really Work?”), chemists argue that there is no conclusive evidence that cough medicine is effective. The group of researchers came to this conclusion after examining a number of systematic reviews [...]

The Chemistry of Cough Syrup and Whether or Not It Really Works

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The American Chemical Society series Reactions analyzed the chemistry of cough syrup and looked at a systematic review of scientific studies to determine just how effective it really is at stopping coughs, and whether other remedies might work better. What do you do when you have a bad cough? If you reach for the cherry-flavored […]

Chemists Explain Why You Probably Shouldn't Bother With Cough Syrup

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Every year, people spend billions of dollars on cough syrup. But is it really effective? A new video by the American Chemical Society explains why most cough medicines don’t actually work as advertized. Read more...

Does cough syrup really work? (video)

(American Chemical Society) What do you do when you have a bad cough? If you reach for the yummy, cherry-flavored cough medicine, you're not alone. Every year, people spend billions of dollars on these over-the-counter remedies. ButShow More Summary

The Chemistry of Alcohol and How It Gets People Drunk

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The American Chemical Society series Reactions explains the chemistry of alcohol and how it gets people drunk as well as some of its other effects like making bad decisions, stumbling, and having to pee. It’s almost time to ring in 2017. And since most New Year’s celebrations include alcohol, Reactions’ latest episode explains the chemistry […]

This is your brain on alcohol (video)

(American Chemical Society) It's almost time to ring in 2017. And since most New Year's celebrations include alcohol, Reactions' latest episode explains the chemistry behind its effects -- drunkenness, frequent bathroom breaks and occasionally poor decision-making. Show More Summary

Do you burn more fat in the cold? (video)

(American Chemical Society) With the holidays in full swing, all of those feasts and festivities can lead to a few extra pounds. But the winter season also brings something that could help with weight loss -- cooler temperatures. InShow More Summary

The biggest chemistry-related stories from 2016

(American Chemical Society) From green pools at the Olympics to regulatory reforms, chemistry-related news made big waves in 2016. Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, reviews the most intriguing chemistry stories this year to affect the industry, the environment and the public.

Watching water freeze (video)

(American Chemical Society) Every winter, snow and ice dusts mountains and makes roads slick in cold climates. This phenomenon is ages old, but a detailed explanation for how ice crystals form has eluded us. In a study appearing in the journal ACS Omega, scientists now report a method to visualize ice in three dimensions as it grows. Show More Summary

Tattoos mark the spot -- for surgery -- then disappear

(American Chemical Society) Tattoos aren't just for body art. They can have medical applications, too. Doctors are using them on patients to mark an area for future treatment -- particularly for non-melanoma skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma -- but the inks can cause problems. Show More Summary

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