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Volume 86, Number 27: July 7, 2008

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Facts & Figures of the Chemical Industry

The chemical industry began to feel the impact of a changing economy in 2007.

Cover: Veer (modified by Nathan Becker/C&EN

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News of the Week

Chemical Vulnerability

Department of Homeland Security sends letters to high-risk facilities.

Solutia Considers Splitting In Half

Number two nylon maker may sell its business to focus on specialties.

Sorting Nanotubes

Chemical coating winnows tiny carbon tubes by chirality.

Microspheres Read DNA Microarrays

Electrostatic repulsion detects DNA pairing.

Fuel From Garbage

Canadian facility will be first to produce ethanol from solid waste on an industrial scale.

Global Trade Talks Revived

Chemical manufacturers seek tariff elimination in multilateral Doha deal.

Compact Bulbs Made Safer

Selenium sorbent lowers risk of mercury exposure from light bulbs.


Getting to Know Max Perutz

Biographer details life and achievements of Nobel Laureate.

Reel Science



» Business

July 7, 2008

Germany's Evonik Is Taking Shape

Long journey for a leading specialty chemicals business seems near an end.

Insights: Kyoto's Low-Hanging Fruit

Is a program intended for developing countries enriching Arkema?

Cover Story: Introduction: Facts & Figures Of The Chemical Industry

The chemical industry began to feel the impact of a changing economy in 2007

Editor's Page: Facts & Figures

The most complete set of statistics on the chemical industry available anywhere for the cost of membership in the American Chemical Society.

Finances: Growth In Demand Mitigates Soaring

Profits decreased, but strong finances supported capital spending
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Employment: Jobs Decrease In Most Regions

Japan was the only country to see major employment growth, U.S. continues decline
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Production: Gains In Chemical Output Decline

Production growth tapered in Europe but increased in Asia
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Trade: Export Patterns Shift With Falling Dollar

U.S.'s trade balance turned positive, and Europe's costly exports faded
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Business Concentrates

» Government & Policy

July 7., 2008

Barriers To Genetic-Based Medicine

As commercial genetic tests proliferate, many people are calling for more government oversight.

Government & Policy Concentrates

» Science & Technology

July 7, 2008

Kitchen Chemistry

Our love of food is helping bring science to the masses.

Molecular Gastronomist Hervé This Tries To Define What We Eat

Food For Thought

A student finds a way to incorporate his love of science and food in his graduate work.

What's That Stuff? Bowling Balls

Knocking down pins and getting strikes with polymer science and surface chemistry. With Video

Science & Technology Concentrates

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