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Volume 86, Number 46: November 17, 2008

News of the Week

Francisco Is 2009 President-Elect

With elimination of Student Affiliate status, undergraduates will be full members.

Mitsubishi Rayon Will Buy Lucite

Deal will launch Japanese firm to top spot in acrylics.

Fast Food's Corny Roots

Isotope survey is the first scientific study to demonstrate corn's central role in burgers and fries.

Scrutinizing Catalysts

New methods reveal details hidden by conventional analyses.

Saving Earth's Shield

Protecting the stratospheric ozone layer has reduced greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Search For AIDS Vaccine Ramps Up

New York City lab opens amid challenges for AIDS vaccines.

Tiny Backpacks For Cells

Polymer patches add cargo to cells without disturbing normal activities.

Quantum Dots In Captivity

Nitrobenzyl caging group tames quantum dot luminescence until unleashed by ultraviolet light.

DuPont, Invista Tangle Again

Firms are suing each other over nylon-related trade secrets.


Chemistry, Culture, And Camaraderie

The international chemistry olympiad offers an experience worth its weight in gold. With Audio

Training Ground

Competition is fierce at the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad study camp.

Hooked On Teaching

Mentors describe the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad study camp as an 'adrenaline rush'. Web Exclusive, With Audio

ACS News

2007–08 Outstanding Student Affiliates Chapter Awards

Easy-to-read book explains the concepts behind the equations.

ACS Comment

New ACS careers programs help ensure economic and professional success.


Manufacturing Uncertainty

Book provides glimpse of tactics used by industry to manipulate science and influence regulatory policy.


Materials Scientists

Despite the struggling economy, the need for materials scientists remains strong, and the future looks bright.

The Departments



» Business

November 17, 2008

Chemical Firms Hit By Economy

Agriculture businesses help some companies, but demand declines elsewhere and crimps earnings.

Pharma Struggles

Third-quarter results reflect challenges and cutbacks at drug companies.

Better Results For Biotech Firms

Companies see across-the-board growth in their biopharmaceutical portfolios.

New Refrigerant Takes Heat

Video by environmental group suggests new fluorochemical poses safety concerns.

Japanese Drug Lab Starts Over

A Pfizer spin-off, RaQualia, sets out with existing staffers and a new business model.

Business Concentrates

» Government & Policy

November 17, 2008

Bisphenol A Battle

As new information trickles in, drop by drop, the debate over the estrogenic plastics chemical intensifies.

Happy Birthday, Love Canal

It's been 30 years since the neighborhood surrounding America's most famous toxic waste dump was evacuated, yet its legacy is still unfolding. With Audio Slideshow

Insights: NASA Celebrates 50 Years

Space agency should focus more on robotic missions, less on human ones.

Straight From Space Web Exclusive

Government & Policy Concentrates

» Science & Technology

November 17, 2008

On The Road To Green Gasoline

Leveraging carbohydrate-to-hydrocarbon chemistry to give transportation fuel supplies a lift.

Designed Pathways And Microbes

Synthetic biology aims to generate biofuels, medicines, and novel organisms.

A Jamboree With Reusable Parts

Baltic Chemistry

Nearly two decades after the Soviet Union's collapse, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania capitalize on EU membership to bolster science.

A Tale Of Three Baltic Start-ups

Three companies that managed to emerge from behind the iron curtain. Web Exclusive

U.S., Chinese Chemists Gather

First bilateral meeting between the Chemical Societies of the U.S. and China focused on energy research, areas for collaboration.

What's That Stuff? Contact Lens Solutions

Companies strive to balance ingredients in one-step,user-friendly solutions.

New Products

New and notable in the Chemical Industry.

Science & Technology Concentrates

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