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March 21, 2005
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  Table of Contents
March 21, 2005
Volume 83, Number 12
p. 3
 
 
  Cover Story  
PETROCHEMICALS
North American producers bounce back from tough times, the Middle East commits to expanding its global role, and Asia becomes an attractive place to build.

COVER: Lyondell Chemical Co./Michael Hart Photography

   


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  Latest News  
  ACS MEETING
A record number of scientific papers were presented at the society's spring national meeting in San Diego.

OBITUARY
Former ACS president and ACS board chair Clayton Callis is dead at 81.

SCRIBING SILICON
Acid chlorides are used in a new method for patterning and functionalizing silicon surfaces.

CONTROLLING MERCURY
EPA defends new rule to cut power-plant mercury emissions.

MERGER REVIEW
European Commission is concerned about Celanese's purchase of Acetex.

DEEP LIVING
Gene sequence yields insight on how deep-sea bacteria cope under pressure.

NATIONAL MEDALS
President Bush presents the 2003 National Medals of Science and of Technology.

SIMPLEST NUCLEIC ACID
DNA analog may yield clues about prebiotic Earth.

FREE JOURNAL
The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry will be first major open-access journal in its field.

ANCIENT ARSENIC
Arsenic contamination may have driven Sinagua people from Arizona's Verde Valley.

HHMI INVESTIGATORS
Howard Hughes Medical Institute selects bumper crop of chemists for funding.

 
 
 

  Business  
  BUSINESS CONCENTRATES

PHARMA EARNINGS
European drugmakers outpaced the U.S. in 2004.

BIOTECH EARNINGS
Companies averaged double-digit sales and earnings growth.

EUROPEAN EARNINGS
European chemical firms enjoyed a strong comeback last year.

 
 
 

  Government & Policy  
  GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATES

RAIL SAFETY
Legal battles follow a far-reaching law restricting shipments of "ultra-hazardous" materials near the U.S. Capitol.

HOMELAND SECURITY
Senate committee scrutinizes department's 2006 budget.

 
 
 

  Science & Technology  
  SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATES

METABOLIC ENGINEERING
Organisms are tailored to produce chemicals.

DRUG EFFECTS
New profiling techniques provide more complete assessments of drugs.

GLOBAL WARMING
Effects of rising CO2 emissions match predictive models; researchers call for action.

THIRD BOND'S A CHARM
Researchers' sulfur iodide cation boasts highest bond order to date for a multiply bonded main-group element.

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NEW PRODUCTS
New And Notable In The Chemical Industry.

 
 
 

  Books  
 

DISCOVERING WATER

 
 
 

  ACS NEWS  
 

COMMENT - KEEPING YOU COVERED

 
 
 

  AWARDS  
 

Three Garner $1 Million Prizes For Materials Science

National Academies Announces Winners for 2005

Swager Receives Marvel Polymer Chemistry Award

Nominations Sought For Harrison Howe Award

Grubbs Is 2005 Karrer Medalist

Nominations Sought For 2005 Leete Award

Call For Nominations For 2006 Nichols Medal

Ribeiro Receives Catalysis Prize

 
 
 

  EDITOR'S PAGE  
 

ACS In San Diego

 
 
 

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SCRIBING SILICON

COVER STORY
PETROCHEMICALS

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
METABOLIC ENGINEERING

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
DRUG EFFECTS

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
MULTIPLE BONDS

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Magnesium in flux