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February 3, 2003
Volume 81, Number 5
CENEAR 81 5 p. 1

NEWS OF THE WEEK
TUBE PASTE
Scientists at Rice functionalize carbon nanotubes without solvents.
DOW CORNING INVESTMENTS
Firm's buying spree is aimed at moving into growth markets.
STOPPING RADICALS
Complex II enzyme crystal structure reveals efficient mechanism of electron transfer.
WEAPONS IN IRAQ
UN weapons inspectors report that Iraq has not answered questions adequately.
NOBEL DECLARATION
Forty-one laureates oppose unilateral U.S. action in Iraq.
FOURTH-QUARTER EARNINGS
Industry shows some improvement but remains cautious.
FIGHTING AIDS
Pharmacia plans to license Rescriptor for generics marketing in poor nations.
FEDERAL R&D SPENDING
Final outcomes for fiscal 2003 remain uncertain.
SHARK PATROL
Gel-filled organ in fish's snout has semiconductor properties.

COVER STORY
CAPITAL SPENDING
Most chemical firms see signs of economic recovery and say they plan to spend more aggressively on capital projects in 2003; many will increase R&D spending.

BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
PEMEX' BIG PLANS
Mexican state oil company may finally make better use of rich oil reserves.
INDUSTRIAL BIOTECH SURGE
Firms shifting from fossil-based to bio-based raw materials enter a potentially huge market.
INSIGHTS
The pros and cons of hiring an outsider to separate offices of CEO and chairman.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
ENGINEERING FOR SAFETY
"Inherently safer design" helps engineers build plants that start out safer and need fewer controls.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
ENZYME INHIBITOR
Drug design combines theoretical and empirical methods to mimic enzyme's transition-state structure.

EDUCATION
RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS
Studio-based project develops undergraduate engineering students' writing and speaking skills.
ENCOURAGING MINORITIES
Eleven organizations band together in effort to boost number of minority scientists and engineers.

ACS COMMENT
UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES IN ACADEME

ACS NEWS
GLOBAL RESOURCES
ACS Office of International Activities aids chemists, both foreign-born and foreign-bound.
2003 PROSPECTIVES CONFERENCES

ACS NATIONAL AWARDS
2003 WINNERS
Scott, Smith, Stang, Walsh, Warner, Wender, and Yang.

THE DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR'S PAGE

LETTERS

NEWSCRIPTS



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NEWS OF THE WEEK
STOPPING RADICALS

NEWS OF THE WEEK
FEDERAL R&D SPENDING

NEWS OF THE WEEK
SHARK PATROL

COVER STORY
CAPITAL SPENDING

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
ENGINEERING FOR SAFETY



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