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Table Of Contents: Volume 83, Number 46: November 14, 2005

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Specialty Chemicals

Firms find opportunities by making alternatives to products that face health or safety concerns.

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News of the Week

Rhodopsin Shifts Are Caught In Act

Ultrafast Raman technique provides new insight into isomerization of retinal.

Reddy's Buys Roche Plant In Mexico

Move lengthens list of foreign assets bought by Indian custom manufacturers.

Chemist Indicted In Drug Scandal

Charges include distributing three anabolic steroids designed to evade sports drug screens.

DuPont Launches Streamlining Plan

Effort is wide-ranging but won't involve wholesale job cuts.

Bill Would Reinstate Part Of Superfund Tax

Tax on corporate profits would be dedicated to refilling insolvent federal trust fund.

Illuminating Water Oxidation

Elusive state in photosynthetic oxygen production is observed spectroscopically.

Some Nations Fail To Draft Key Treaty Measures

Nations party to the Chemical Weapons Convention had until Nov. 11 to enact domestic implementing laws.

Science For Peace In The Middle East

Malta conference aims to strengthen scientific ties in troubled region.

Serono Eyes Strategic Shake-Up

Family-owned Swiss biotech firm might be up for sale or on the prowl for acquisitions.

Business (Suscriber Content)

Shin-Etsu Reloaded

Plastics and silicon wafer giant spends billions in U.S. and Japan to bolster core businesses.

Government & Policy (Suscriber Content)

Hurricanes Revive Fight Over Drilling

Prospects for boosting gas and oil production improve as energy prices soar to record levels.

Science & Technology (Suscriber Content)

Antagomirs Join Chemists' Toolkit

New class of RNA compounds may open window on microRNA's role in disease processes.

What's That Stuff? Kava

Traditional Polynesian beverage relaxes some, but its appearance and bitter taste gross out others.

Inside Instrumentation

Technology and Business News for the Laboratory World.

Books

"American Prometheus"

J. Robert Oppenheimer's fate foretold scientific-political battles that were yet to come.

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