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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac: December 15, 2010
News Items in This Edition
Study supports gluten-free diet in potential celiac disease patients
Findings from a new study of 141 adults add to an ongoing medical debate over which patients with symptoms of celiac disease should go on a gluten-free diet. Published in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research, the study concludes that people currently diagnosed as “potential” celiac disease patients and not advised to follow a gluten-free diet may not be “potential” patients at all…
Does fluoride really fight cavities by “the skin of the teeth?”
In a study that the authors describe as lending credence to the idiom, “by the skin of your teeth,” scientists are reporting that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed. It raises questions about how this renowned cavity-fighter really works and could lead to better ways of protecting teeth from decay, the scientists suggest. Their…
“Toxic toy crisis" requires fresh solutions
Manufacturer recalls of toys, promotional drinking glasses, and other children’s products constitute an ongoing “toxic toys crisis” that requires banning potentially harmful ingredients in these products and other changes in policy and practices. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology…
Cilantro ingredient can remove foul odor of holiday chitlins
With chitlins about to make their annual appearance on Christmas and New Year’s Day menus, scientists have good news for millions of people who love that delicacy of down-home southern cooking, but hate the smell. They are reporting the first identification of an ingredient in cilantro that quashes the notoriously foul odor of chitlins — a smell known to drive people from the…
Bacterial life on and in humans orchestrates health and disease
A mounting tide of scientific evidence suggests that the old adage from Aesop’s fables — “You are known by the company you keep” — also applies to the trillions of microscopic bacteria and viruses that live on the human body. Humanity’s invisible but constant companions — more bacteria hang out on the palms of your hands than there are people on Earth — is the topic of an…
- Save the date: One of the largest science meetings of 2011
Almost 9,500 reports on new discoveries in health, energy, environment, food and other areas that involve chemistry are on the program for ACS’s 241st National Meeting & Exposition, March 27-31, in Anaheim, Calif.
- Press releases, briefings, and more from ACS’ 240th National Meeting
- Must-reads from C&EN: 130 million more tons of hazardous waste each year?
The 130 million tons of coal ash produced each year in the United States could be designated as hazardous waste as a result of new research on a 2008 coal ash spill near Kingston, Tenn. Full story.
- ACS Pressroom Blog
The ACS Office of Public Affairs’ (OPA) pressroom blog highlights research from ACS’ 38 peer-reviewed journals and National Meetings.
- Bytesize Science blog
Educators and kids, put on your thinking caps: The American Chemical Society has a blog for Bytesize Science, a science podcast for kids of all ages.
- ACS satellite pressroom: Daily news blasts on Twitter
The satellite press room has become one of the most popular science news sites on Twitter. To get our news blasts and updates, create a free account at https://twitter.com/signup. Then visit http://twitter.com/ACSpressroom and click the ‘join’ button beneath the press room logo.
- C&EN on Twitter
Follow @cenmag <http://twitter.com/cenmag> for the latest news in chemistry and dispatches from our blog, C&ENtral Science <http://centralscience.org>.
- ACS Press Releases
Press releases on a variety of chemistry-related topics.
- General Chemistry Glossary
- Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Web site on everyday chemicals
Whether you want to learn more about caffeine, benzoyl peroxide (acne treatment), sodium chloride (table salt), or some other familiar chemical, CAS Common Chemistry can help. The new Web site provides non-chemists and others with useful information about everyday chemicals by searching either a chemical name or a corresponding CAS Registry Number. The site includes about 7,800 chemicals of general interest as well as all 118 elements from the Periodic Table, providing alternative names, molecular structures, a Wikipedia link, and other information.
- Science Connections from CAS
CAS - Science Connections is a series of articles that showcases the value of CAS databases in light of important general-interest science and technology news. Topics range from fruit flies to Nobel Prize winners, with the CAS - Science Connections series pointing to CAS databases for a more complete understanding of the latest news.
- The Laser’s 50th
From DVD players to eye surgery, the laser stands as one of the greatest inventions of modern times — one that truly revolutionized everyday life. Laserfest is a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser, which was first demonstrated in 1960.
The American Chemical Society encourages news organizations, museums, educational organizations, and other web sites to embed links to these videos.
- Prized Science: They Shrunk the Chips!
The latest episode in the American Chemical Society’s new video series, Prized Science: How the Science Behind ACS Awards Impacts Your Life, focuses on research that helped shrink the size of computer chips. These smaller, but light-years more powerful chips, are at the basis of the ongoing revolution in consumer electronics and the computerization of the rest of society. Previous episodes of Prized Science explore “green gasoline” and the possibility that life on Mars seeded life on Earth. The series is available without charge at the Prized Science website, YouTube, iTunes and on DVD. ACS encourages educators, schools, museums, science centers, news organizations, and others to embed links to Prized Science on their websites.
The Chemistry of the Holidays
The Chemistry of Sourdough Bread
The Chemistry of Fireworks
The Chemistry of Grilling and Barbecuing
- Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions
This special series of ACS podcasts focuses on some of the 21st Century’s most daunting challenges, and how chemists and other scientists are finding solutions. Subscribe at iTunes or listen and access other resources at the ACS web site www.acs.org/GlobalChallenges.
- SciFinder® Podcasts
Interested in healthful plant phytochemicals, nanotechnology, or green chemistry? Check out the SciFinder series of podcasts, which explore a vast array of current interest topics and new discoveries in the 21st century. The SciFinder podcasts are available in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese.
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