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Volume 87, Number 20: May 18, 2009

Cover Story

Modernizing TLC

New instrumentation, materials, and analysis techniques take lab staple into high-performance arena.

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News of the Week

Japanese Firms Post Huge Losses

Weak demand and inventory write-offs hurt companies.

NSF Rolls Out Stimulus Plan

Agency will use money to support mix of new and existing programs.

RSC Acquires Chemical Database

Repository offers free structure and property data.

Polymer Folding

Hydrogen bonds collapse single polymer chains into nanoparticles.

Jury Acquits W.R. Grace In Asbestos Case

After a three-month trial, firm and executives are cleared on all 10 counts.

Quantum Dots That Don't Blink

Core structure suppresses blinking and leads to unusual spectral behavior.

Platinum Catalysts Branch Out

Dendritic structures outperform current fuel-cell materials.

Mystery Structure Solved

Total synthesis confirms structure of micrococcin P1.

Persistent Organic Pollutants

Treaty now includes PFOS and brominated flame retardants.


One Amazing Rock

Book explores uranium's history, grip on popular imagination.

Reel Science

Star Trek

Does "Star Trek" go where no man has gone before? Find out in the latest review."

The Departments



» Business

May 18, 2009

Sales Are Scarce In First Quarter

Chemical firms cling to shrinking profits, look for glimmer of an upturn.

Drug Firms Face Down Economy

Economic repercussions took a toll on first-quarter sales and earnings.

Becoming Life Technologies

Newlyweds Invitrogen and Applied Biosystems get to know one another.

Evonik In China

Company’s first Chinese-born leader sees financial crisis as offering opportunities.

Business Concentrates

» Government & Policy

May 18, 2009

Congress Divided On Patent Reform

The fight to update the U.S. patent system focuses on damage awards.

Science Policy High

New science leaders and increased funding have policy wonks in a good mood.

Insights: Superfund Takes A Hit

Supreme Court decision opens a crack in the rigid waste cleanup law.

Government & Policy Concentrates

» Science & Technology

May 18, 2009

Alzheimer's Scary Link To Diabetes

Disruptions of insulin signaling and glucose regulation contribute to development of Alzheimer's disease.

DNA's First Language

Behind every sequence of As, Ts, Cs, and Gs is a whole lot of molecular shape, and that’s where DNA's business gets done.

C&EN Talks With Dudley Herschbach

Nobel Laureate turns the spotlight on promising young scientists.

Science & Technology Concentrates

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