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Volume 85, Number 43: October 22, 2007

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Chemistry Behind Bars

While balancing equations, inmates at San Quentin learn to balance their lives.

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News of the Week

Nanowire Powers pH Meter

Design of coaxial nanostructures yields stable, powerful solar cells.

Biogen Idec On The Block

A risky product portfolio could make for a difficult sell.

California Bans Phthalates In Toys For Children

American Chemistry Council laments that the law is not good science or good government.

A Golden Close-Up

Crystal structure of a gold-thiolate cluster reveals surprising surface chemistry.

North Pole Expedition

Chemical firms sponsor airship to measure ice-cap thickness.

DNA Backbone Swaps In Sulfur

Common artificial DNA modification also occurs in nature.

Toxic Turndown

Big facilities in U.S., Canada cut releases more than smaller, mid-sized ones.

Copper-Free Click Chemistry

Reagent for labeling biomolecules eliminates need for toxic metal catalyst.

Alternative Energy

Universities compete in third solar decathlon.


Exclusively on C&EN Online: This week's issue features two videos viewable for free. Just follow either link below and click the video tab on the story page.

Chemistry In Prison

Inmates at San Quentin watched videos of chemistry experiments, and you can, too.

Colorful Colloids

Watch a colloidal suspension change colors instantly in response to a magnet.

ACS News

ACS Comment

'The Many Faces of Chemistry'.

ACS, Serbian Chemical Society To Forge Ties

Cooperative agreement reached after visit to the Balkan region.

Committee On Committees

Tapping the reservoir of talent in ACS keeps the society's business moving.

Scotch Tape

An innovation that stuck.


Workplaces That Work

Three top companies share their strategies for producing happy employees.

The Departments




» Business

October 22, 2007

In Hot Pursuit

Dow's R&D leadership directs a global army pursuing lower raw material and energy costs.


A rational approach to energy.

Optimism Prevails For Fine Chemicals

Increased product outsourcing and busier plants make custom manufacturers feel more prosperous at CPhI.

Lilly Works The World

Major U.S. drug firm seeks alliances with talented partners.

Business Concentrates

» Government & Policy

October 22, 2007

Chemical Arms Disposal In Russia

Construction of critical chemical weapons destruction facility at Shchuch'ye is back on track.

Where is NIEHS headed?

Changes at the health agency are sharply criticized at congressional hearing.

Government & Policy Concentrates

» Science & Technology

October 22, 2007

An Environmental Legacy Ends

Impending environmental lab closure generates protest, even while scientists prepare to move on.

Green Chromatography

Specialty conference highlights the benefits of supercritical fluids for chiral drug development.

Magnetic Route To Photonic Crystals

Method yields tunable materials that diffract visible light selectively.

Protein Baby Pictures

An NMR study enables analysis of a protein while it's still busy being born on the ribosome.

Sampling The San Andreas

First core samples from deep inside the fault zone promise new earthquake understanding.

New Products

New and notable in the chemical industry.

Science & Technology Concentrates

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