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January 19, 2004
Volume 82, Number 3
CENEAR 82 03 p. 3

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NEWS OF THE WEEK
JOBS SHOCK
Data show chemical employment is down amid overall job doldrums.
NEW CROMPTON CEO
Robert Wood takes over for industry veteran Vincent Calarco.
WORKPLACE CANCER STUDY
Rohm and Haas experts find its facility "a safe place to work."
SPACE PLAN
President Bush's vision for the future of human space travel features life sciences research.
HOLEY POLYMERS
Microporous solids could be suitable for separations or as reactive membranes.
IRAQI WEAPONS ANALYSIS
Carnegie study asserts the White House distorted threat posed by Iraq.
NEW STATE OF MATTER
Physicists discover a frictionless supersolid that has superfluid properties.
ACS SPECIAL ELECTION
Kent Voorhees joins Allen Bard and Kathleen Taylor as candidates for director-at-large.
FIGHTING PLAQUE
Circular depsipeptide from a soil fungus inhibits atherosclerotic plaque in mice.

COVER STORY
CUSTOM CHEMICALS
Companies grapple with how best to supply the pharma industry, as technology no longer provides an easy differentiator and Asian competition grows.
COVER: Tetrionics photo

BUSINESS
BUSINESS CONCENTRATES
FOURTH-QUARTER STOCKS
Chemical, drug, and biotech stocks show very good performances for the quarter and for the year.

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES
ENERGY BILL REDUXE
Senate once again takes up energy legislation; bill's fate hangs on two votes needed to break filibuster.
INSIGHTS
Europe faces many issues as it attempts to fashion a continent-wide R&D infrastructure.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES
BIOACTIVE AGENTS
Peptide analogs with attached identity tags are pursued for diagnostic, therapeutic, and catalytic applications.
MERCURY TOXICOLOGY
Biotoxicity of Hg compound stems from its biomolecular mimicry.
WHAT'S THAT STUFF?
Techniques for making or faking snow provide year-round fun.
DIGITAL BRIEFS

BOOKS
"THE SUSTAINABLE COMPANY"
Practical advice and case studies on incorporating sustainability into business strategy.

ACS NATIONAL AWARDS
2004 WINNERS
Angell, Gates, Lieber, Pannell, Percec, Poulter, Roush, Salamone, Tang, Van Slyke, and Zasadzinski.

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LETTERS
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NEWS OF THE WEEK
FIGHTING PLAQUE

COVER STORY
CUSTOM CHEMICALS

GOVERNMENT & POLICY
ENERGY BILL REDUXE

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
MERCURY TOXICOLOGY

WHAT'S THAT STUFF?
ARTIFICIAL SNOW


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