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Volume 86, Number 51: December 22, 2008

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Chemical Year In Review 2008

A dozen stories reprise chemists' major achievements this year.

About The Cover

C&EN will not publish an issue on Dec. 29, 2008. Our next issue will be Jan. 5, 2009. C&EN staff members wish all of our readers a happy holiday season.

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News of the Week

High-Sensitivity Imaging

Raman-based method maps lipids in cells and drugs in tissue.

Hexion, Huntsman Drop Merger Deal

With a $1 billion settlement, the Huntsman takeover saga ends.

Jobs Ax Hits Specialties Sector

A downturn in industrial markets fuels a wave of downsizing.

Chemical Makers Invest In Solar

New projects target raw materials and research.

Fungal Warfare

A newly identified molecule involved in plant defense could inspire design of new fungicides.

Nanotube Building Block Created

Route to cycloparaphenylenes could lead to new ways to make carbon nanotubes.

Risk From Phthalates

When evaluating phthalates, EPA should assess other chemicals with similar androgen-disrupting effects, report says.

Two-By-Two To Zaragozic Acid

Two-carbon reagent helps build natural product's core while reducing redox steps.

Making Rare Isotopes

Energy Department chooses Michigan State University for $550 million facility.


Women Now 16% Of Chemistry Faculty

C&EN's annual survey of chemistry departments reveals a little progress.

ACS News

ACS Comment

Insight and integrity in public policy

The Departments




» Business

December 22, 2008

Year in Review

As recession turns into a global economic crisis, chemical demand slips and chemical makers cut back.

Business Concentrates

» Government & Policy

December 22, 2008

Bush's Legacy At EPA

Agency's close links to Bush yields a mixed bag of decisions, some of which may tie the hands of the next Administration.

Three EPA Chiefs In Eight Years: Two Governors And A Bureaucrat

Legislative Review

Congress spends time debating chemically related bills, passes few laws.

Government & Policy Concentrates

» Science & Technology

December 22, 2008

Beetle Epidemic Escalates

Applying pheromones and injecting insecticides may help prevent bark beetles from decimating trees. With Video

What's That Stuff? Frankincense And Myrrh

Culture and chemistry meet in fragrant plant-based incense.

Digital Briefs

New Software and Websites for the Chemical Enterprise.

Science & Technology Concentrates

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