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Released: 27-Sep-2022 10:05 AM EDT
American Chemical Society prepares for 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry announcement
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To assist with coverage of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the American Chemical Society (ACS) will issue a statement from ACS President Angela K. Wilson, Ph.D., after the official announcement is made on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Wilson will be available for interviews beginning at 6:15 a.m. ET.

16-Sep-2022 8:00 AM EDT
SARS-COV-2 Mimics Could Accelerate Vaccine Research, Make It Safer
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Though well-known as a respiratory illness, COVID-19 can also affect the nervous system. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Infectious Diseases have developed a new tool and possible vaccine candidate that could help scientists understand how SARS-CoV-2 could be invading these cells.

   
16-Sep-2022 8:00 AM EDT
How old is that fingerprint?
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The oils in fingerprints degrade over time, and it’s difficult to figure out their age. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have discovered molecular markers for changes to these oils over a seven-day time period — which could be used to estimate fingerprints’ ages more accurately.

26-Aug-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Enhancing the effect of protein-based COVID-19 vaccines
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Adding an ingredient called an adjuvant can help vaccines elicit a more robust immune response. In a study in ACS Infectious Diseases, researchers report a substance that boosted the immune response to an experimental COVID-19 shot in mice by 25 times, compared to injection with the vaccine alone.

   
15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Completing the micronutrient picture for plant-based milk alternatives
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Plant-based milk alternatives are an attractive option for many people. But some minerals are required to be on the Nutrition Facts label only under certain circumstances. Now, researchers have analyzed plant-based beverages and report variability in mineral content. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Cooking up mealworms into a tasty, healthful, ‘meat-like’ seasoning
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Mealworms are edible insects and a healthful alternative to traditional meat protein. Today, researchers report that they’ve cooked up mealworms with sugar, creating a “meat-like” flavoring for a tasty source of extra protein in convenience foods. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Exposing what’s in tattoo ink
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Tattoo inks are unregulated in the U.S. A team has analyzed what is in some inks, and it doesn’t always match what’s on ingredient labels. Once the study is complete, they will publish their results on a website for consumers and tattoo artists. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

   
15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
The chemical secrets behind vanilla’s allure
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Vanilla is one of the most popular spices. Today, scientists report a profile of 20 chemicals found in vanilla bean extracts, including several previously unknown ones. The work could help producers develop better-tasting vanilla. The researchers will present their results today at ACS Fall 2022.

Newswise: Detecting nanoplastics in the air
15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Detecting nanoplastics in the air
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Nanoplastics often find their way into the soil and water. But they can also float in the air. Now, researchers have developed a sensor that detects airborne nanoplastics and reports their type of plastic and sizes using carbon dot films. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

Newswise: Your next wooden chair could arrive flat, then dry into a 3D shape (video)
15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Your next wooden chair could arrive flat, then dry into a 3D shape (video)
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Instead of crafting wooden objects with a saw or chisel, scientists can now program a 3D printer to extrude flat wooden shapes that self-morph into complex, 3D shapes as they dry. Potential applications include furniture. The researchers will present their results today at ACS Fall 2022.

Newswise: Wind turbine blades could someday be recycled into sweet treats
15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Wind turbine blades could someday be recycled into sweet treats
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Wind power is becoming popular, but disposing of huge turbine blades is a problem. Today, scientists report a composite resin for making these behemoths that could be recycled into new blades or many other products, including gummy bears. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Super-fast electric car charging, with a tailor-made touch
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Speeding up electrical vehicle charging can damage the battery. Now, scientists report that they’ve designed superfast charging methods tailored to power different electric vehicle batteries in 10 minutes or less without harm. The researchers will present their results today at ACS Fall 2022.

Newswise: A more environmentally friendly air conditioner
15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
A more environmentally friendly air conditioner
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The hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants in air conditioners and other cooling devices are potent greenhouse gases. Today, scientists report a prototype that uses a novel solid barocaloric material. It could someday replace existing “A/Cs”. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Tracking air pollution disparities — daily — from space (video)
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Today, scientists report preliminary work calculating how inequities in pollution exposure fluctuate daily across 11 major U.S. cities. And in some places, climate change could exacerbate these differences. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

Newswise: Sensor could help patients stay on top of their meds
15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Sensor could help patients stay on top of their meds
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Lithium needs to be taken in just the right amount to be effective. Today, scientists report the development of a tiny sensor that detects lithium levels noninvasively from sweat on a fingertip in about 30 seconds. The researchers will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

   
15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Lupus pill shows promise in mice; clinical trial underway
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There’s no cure for lupus, an autoimmune disease that attacks organs. But today, scientists report they have begun phase 2 clinical trials with a pill containing a compound that, in mice, reverses organ damage and prevents death. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

   
15-Aug-2022 11:45 PM EDT
Food allergies can be reversed in mice by targeting the microbiome
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Treating allergic mice with a form of butyrate — which is produced by good gut bacteria — protects against peanut allergy, scientists report today. The treatment might also counteract other food allergies and inflammatory diseases. They will present their results at ACS Fall 2022.

   
5-Aug-2022 3:05 PM EDT
New drug candidate fights off more than 300 drug-resistant bacteria
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Urinary tract infections are common, yet can be tough to treat as the bacteria that cause them become resistant to many antibiotics. In ACS Central Science, researchers report a new molecule that inhibits drug-resistant bacteria in lab experiments, as well as in mice with pneumonia and UTIs.

   
5-Aug-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Multiple sclerosis drug works in a surprising way
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Drugs called interferon betas are common treatments for multiple sclerosis. Interferon beta, a protein known to contain a zinc-binding pocket, is thought to reduce proinflammatory molecules in MS patients. But researchers now report in ACS Chemical Neuroscience that the molecule reduces the binding of three components — zinc, C-peptide and albumin — to red blood cells.

   
Released: 4-Aug-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Highlights for the hybrid ACS Fall 2022 meeting, in Chicago or virtual
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Journalists who register for the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society will have access to nearly 11,000 presentations on topics including food, energy, pollution mitigation, health and more. ACS Fall 2022 is a hybrid meeting being held virtually and in-person in Chicago on Aug. 21–25.

   
Newswise: Rapid, at-home prototype saliva test that’s as good as RT-PCR
29-Jul-2022 6:05 PM EDT
Rapid, at-home prototype saliva test that’s as good as RT-PCR
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At-home COVID-19 tests have become an easy way to self-diagnose. But current tests have drawbacks. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Sensors have developed a SARS-CoV-2 saliva assay and prototype device that combine speed and ease with high sensitivity.

   
Newswise: Stickers and a Smartphone for Easy Nitrite Detection on Foods
29-Jul-2022 6:05 PM EDT
Stickers and a Smartphone for Easy Nitrite Detection on Foods
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Researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have developed a color-changing film that consumers can stick onto foods and easily analyze nitrite levels by snapping a picture with a smartphone.

   
22-Jul-2022 8:00 AM EDT
People Respond Differently to Psychedelic Drugs — Genetics Could Be the Reason
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Psychedelic drugs have shown benefits as treatments for cluster headaches, anxiety and depression in clinical studies, but not for everyone. Now, in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, researchers report that one reason could be common genetic variations in one serotonin receptor.

   
Released: 20-Jul-2022 10:05 AM EDT
‘Heroes of Chemistry’ recognized for contributions to health, medicine and more
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The American Chemical Society is honoring industry researchers for developing products that have led to significant advancements in health, medicine and consumer applications. The 2022 winners will be inducted into the Heroes of Chemistry hall of fame, which ACS has sponsored annually since 1996.

   
15-Jul-2022 12:30 PM EDT
‘iTEARS’ could help diagnose diseases by isolating biomarkers in tears
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In ACS Nano, researchers report a nanomembrane system that harvests and purifies tiny blobs called exosomes from tears, allowing researchers to quickly analyze them for disease biomarkers. Dubbed iTEARS, the platform could enable more efficient and less invasive diagnoses for many diseases.

   
Newswise: ‘Pulling back the curtain’ to reveal a molecular key to The Wizard of Oz
15-Jul-2022 12:35 PM EDT
‘Pulling back the curtain’ to reveal a molecular key to The Wizard of Oz
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Researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have developed a durable molecular encryption key from sequence-defined polymers that are built and deconstructed in a sequential way. They hid their molecular key in the ink of a letter, which was mailed and then used to decrypt a file.

12-Jul-2022 12:10 PM EDT
Speeding up the search for the next COVID-19 antiviral
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To develop new COVID-19 medications, researchers are working to target nsp13, a protein coronaviruses need to replicate. In ACS Infectious Diseases, researchers describe a new approach to identifying molecules that interfere with this protein, a step toward developing pan-coronavirus antivirals.

   
Newswise: Turning White Blood Cells Into Medicinal Microrobots with Light
12-Jul-2022 12:10 PM EDT
Turning White Blood Cells Into Medicinal Microrobots with Light
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Researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have used lasers to precisely control neutrophils — a type of white blood cell — as a natural, biocompatible microrobot in living fish. The “neutrobots” performed multiple tasks, showing they could someday deliver drugs to precise locations in the body.

   
Newswise: Targeting a human protein to squash SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses
24-Jun-2022 12:45 PM EDT
Targeting a human protein to squash SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses
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In ACS Infectious Diseases, scientists now report that apratoxin S4, an anticancer drug candidate that targets a human protein, can interfere with the replication of many viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A, offering a possible pan-viral therapy.

   
Released: 27-Jun-2022 1:00 PM EDT
Press Registration Opens for the Hybrid ACS Fall 2022 Meeting
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The American Chemical Society's ACS Fall 2022 will be held virtually and in Chicago Aug. 21–25 with the theme “Sustainability in a Changing World.” ACS considers requests for press credentials and complimentary meeting registration from reporters and public information officers at selected institutions.

   
Newswise: Tiny Fish-Shaped Robot ‘Swims’ Around Picking Up Microplastics
Released: 24-Jun-2022 1:15 PM EDT
Tiny Fish-Shaped Robot ‘Swims’ Around Picking Up Microplastics
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Researchers in ACS’ Nano Letters report having created a light-activated fish robot that “swims” around quickly, picking up and removing microplastics from the environment.

Newswise: Human Cells Take in Less Protein From a Plant-Based Meat Than From Chicken
Released: 23-Jun-2022 2:15 PM EDT
Human Cells Take in Less Protein From a Plant-Based Meat Than From Chicken
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In ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers report that proteins in a model plant-based substitute were not as accessible to cells as those from meat. The team says this knowledge could eventually be used to develop more healthful products.

10-Jun-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Lager Beer, Whether It Contains Alcohol or Not, Could Help Men’s Gut Microbes
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In a pilot study, researchers in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry report that compared to their pre-trial microbiome, men who drank either one alcoholic or non-alcoholic lager daily had a more diverse set of gut microbes, which can reduce the risk for some diseases.

   
3-Jun-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Lithium-Ion Batteries That Last Longer in Extreme Cold
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To improve lithium-ion batteries' performance in extreme cold, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science replaced the traditional graphite anode with a bumpy carbon-based material, which maintains its rechargeable storage capacity down to -31 F.

Newswise: ‘E-nose’ sniffs out mixtures of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
3-Jun-2022 2:05 PM EDT
‘E-nose’ sniffs out mixtures of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
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Some household products release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that negatively impact health, including xylene, which exists as isomers that are hard to monitor separately. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Sensors have developed an electric nose that can accurately distinguish xylene isomer mixtures.

26-May-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Zapping Orange Peel Oil Into New, Pleasant Aroma Compounds
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Limonene – a compound in orange peels – is used in flavorings, perfumes and cleaners. Researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have treated limonene with electricity and ethanol, resulting in a mixture of fragrant aroma compounds, some of which haven’t been identified before.

Newswise: American Chemical Society CEO announces his retirement
Released: 31-May-2022 11:15 AM EDT
American Chemical Society CEO announces his retirement
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The American Chemical Society today announced that Thomas Connelly, Jr., Ph.D., will retire from his position as ACS chief executive officer at the end of the year after more than seven years of serving in this role.

29-Apr-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Not all valved N95 masks are the same when filtering exhaled air, study finds
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Using valved respirators to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has been discouraged due to concerns that valves do not effectively filter particles from exhaled air, but few studies actually have looked at this. Now, researchers report in Environmental Science & Technology Letters on their performance.

29-Apr-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Children’s products labeled water- or stain-resistant may contain PFAS, study says
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Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology show that some children’s products advertised as water- or stain-resistant contain potentially harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), even items labeled “green” or “nontoxic.”

   
Newswise: Preventing infection with an improved silver coating for medical devices
22-Apr-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Preventing infection with an improved silver coating for medical devices
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Scientists have tried to develop a silver coating for implantable medical devices to combat infection with limited success. In ACS Central Science, one team reports a new, long-acting silver-ion releasing coating that, in rats, prevents bacteria from adhering to implants and then kills them.

   
Released: 21-Apr-2022 10:00 AM EDT
American Chemical Society joins U.S. National Academy of Sciences in effort to support researchers forced to flee Ukraine
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With a $500,000 donation, the American Chemical Society has joined the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to aid researchers being forced to flee Ukraine due to Russia’s invasion. The donation supports an NAS program helping researchers relocate and continue their work in neighboring countries.

   
Newswise: A midge fly can be a source of currently used pesticides for birds, bats
15-Apr-2022 12:20 PM EDT
A midge fly can be a source of currently used pesticides for birds, bats
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Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology have observed that non-biting midge larvae accumulate contemporary pesticides from polluted water and retain the substances into adulthood. As a result, animals that eat the adult flies could consume small amounts of pesticides daily.

Newswise: Edible, fluorescent silk tags can suss out fake medications
8-Apr-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Edible, fluorescent silk tags can suss out fake medications
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Researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have created edible tags with fluorescent silk proteins, which could be placed directly on pills or in liquid medicines. The codes within the tags can be read by a smartphone app to verify the source and quality of these pharmaceuticals.

8-Apr-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Coronaviruses Evolve to Recognize Glycans of Their Host Species
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Researchers reporting in ACS Infectious Diseases have characterized the binding of proteins from several animal and human coronaviruses to glycans called sialic acids, revealing host-specific patterns of binding.

   
Newswise: Nanoparticles could enable a more sensitive and durable rapid COVID-19 test
8-Apr-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Nanoparticles could enable a more sensitive and durable rapid COVID-19 test
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Researchers reporting in ACS Sensors have developed a rapid COVID-19 test that uses molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles, rather than antibodies, to detect SARS-CoV-2. The new test is more sensitive and works under more extreme conditions than antibody-based tests.

   
Newswise: Laser Light, a Dye and a Nonsurgical Implant Could Help Overcome Obesity
4-Apr-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Laser Light, a Dye and a Nonsurgical Implant Could Help Overcome Obesity
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An appetite-suppressing stomach implant can be an alternative to weight-loss surgery to treat obesity. Researchers report in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they have augmented this procedure in laboratory animals by coating an implant with a laser-activated dye that kills cells producing the “hunger hormone.”

   
4-Apr-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Earthworms Like to Eat Some Plastics, but Side Effects of Their Digestion Are Unclear
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Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology have observed that earthworms actually prefer soil with some types of microplastics but digest the polymers differently, which the team suggests could impact the animals’ health and the ecosystem.

15-Mar-2022 8:00 AM EDT
High schoolers develop an inexpensive filter to remove lead from tap water
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A group of high school students and their instructor have developed an inexpensive faucet attachment to remove lead from drinking water. Their filter indicates when it’s “used up” by turning the tap water yellow. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2022.


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