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Volume 86, Number 23: June 9, 2008

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Communal Living

Scientists across academia and industry are making a concerted effort to understand and control bacteria that form biofilms.

Exploiting Biofilms

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News of the Week

Senate Stumbles On Climate Change

Much heat but little light shed as Senate stalls on climate-change bill.

Case Closed

Dow Chemical and two fired executives settle lawsuits.

Lithium Monoxide Anion Is As Basic As It Gets

LiO- is newly crowned as the most basic molecule known; it may be impossible to beat.

Membranes By Design

Permeable barrier is step toward building cells from scratch.

Hamilton To Move To Oxford

Chemist and Yale Provost Andrew Hamilton is nominated vice chancellor of Oxford.

ACC's Gerard Moves On

Chemical industry leader accepts top job at API.

Ligands Key To Chirality

Amino acids transmit information to selectively transform C–H bonds.

Silicon Makers Ramp Up

Huge increase in raw material will benefit solar industry.

NASA Engaged In Spin

Agency political appointees downplayed climate-change data, inspector general's report says.


Remembering Henry Eyring

Biography reveals the personal character of a renowned chemist dedicated to family, church, students, and hard work.


Carving Out A Biopharma Career

Despite industry challenges, savvy chemists can still land jobs along R&D pipeline.

The Departments




» Business

June 9, 2008

Medicilon Strives To Keep The Pace

Shanghai-based drug developer grows fast by providing a wide range of services.

Color Protection

ISP repurposes a hair conditioner to protect dyed hair from fading too quickly.

Business Concentrates

» Government & Policy

June 9, 2008

Revision Looms For U.S. Chemical Law

EPA's struggle to get toxicity data increases the likelihood of congressional action.

Patent Users Group Celebrates 20 Years

Annual conference for patent professionals focuses on emerging technologies.

Government & Policy Concentrates

» Science & Technology

June 9, 2008

Formulations For Fighting Abuse

Opioid makers aim to thwart misuse with excipients, additives, and antagonists.

Extreme Elements

Chemists characterize the far reaches of the periodic table.

Digital Briefs

New Software and Websites for the Chemical Enterprise.

Science & Technology Concentrates

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