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"Ultimately, we want to make it as big as possible, so we can cover the entire body of a robot."
ALI JAVEY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEYp. 3

September 20, 2010

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Cover Story

Raman Heads For The Clinic

Vibrational spectroscopy technique may someday be used to diagnose a variety of diseases. (pp. 8-12)

Business

Catalyzing Biobased Chemicals(Member Content)

High-throughput-screening firms say their techniques are giving industrial biotech some competition. (pp. 15-17)

Science & Technology

Drive-By Conservation(Member Content)

Mobile laboratory treks across Europe to study cultural masterpieces. (pp. 26-28)

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News Of The Week

Synthetic Skin Gets A Soft Touch Apollo Will Combine Hexion And Momentive Survey Finds Undue Influence On Food Safety Paper-Thin Batteries

Synthetic Skin Gets A Soft Touch p. 3

Materials Science: Pressure sensors give artificial skin a sense of touch.

Momentive And Hexion To Merge p. 4

Specialty Chemicals: Combined firm will be second largest in U.S. with $7.5 billion in sales.

A Professor's Worth p. 4

Academia: Report compares Texas A&M faculty members’ salaries and teaching revenues.

Survey Finds Undue Influence On Food Safety p. 5

Scientific Integrity: Corporate pressure on federal food agencies is a serious problem, respondents say.

Dow Shelves India R&D Center p. 5

Bhopal Legacy: As protests persist, company gives up plans to build major facility.

Boosting Solid-State NMR p. 6

Surface Science: Signal-enhancing technique makes NMR a powerful probe of surfaces.

Paper-Thin Batteries p. 6

Lithium layers over nanotube films, separated by paper, create ultrathin power source.

Business

Catalyzing Biobased Chemicals pp. 15-17 (Member Content)

High-throughput-screening firms say their techniques are giving industrial biotech some competition.

Enabling Nanoscale Spectroscopy p. 18 (Member Content)

Start-up firm Anasys hopes to open new vistas in material and life sciences at the nanoscale level.

Business Concentrates pp. 13-14 (Member Content)

  • Companies Make Catalyst Investments
  • Catalyst suppliers W.R. Grace and Albemarle are boosting their capacity to manufacture single-site catalysts for polyolefins...
  • Air Products Wins Airgas Proxy Fight
  • Air Products & Chemicals’ hostile $65.50-per-share bid to take over industrial gas distributor Airgas gained momentum last week at Airgas’ annual meeting of shareholders...
  • DuPont, Invista Resolve Disputes
  • DuPont and Invista have agreed to resolve lawsuits between themselves concerning nylon 6,6 technology, feedstock adiponitrile technology, and an adiponitrile supply agreement...
  • Purac Planning U.S. Polymer Plant
  • Dutch lactic acid and derivatives maker Purac intends to build a $20 million plant to make resorbable lactide-based polymers for the biomedical market in the U.S....
  • Lanxess Considers Asian Rubber Unit
  • Lanxess is mulling the construction of a new neodymium polybutadiene rubber (Nd-PBR) plant, with a capacity of between 100,000 and 150,000 metric tons per year, somewhere in Asia...
  • Sanofi And Lonza Detail Job Cuts
  • As part of an R&D restructuring program announced last year, Sanofi-Aventis will close its research facility in the Great Valley region of Pennsylvania within the next year, eliminating 400 jobs...
  • Charity Puts Drug In The Clinic
  • Cancer Research UK will conduct early trials for cancer of a compound owned by AstraZeneca...
  • Bayer Expands In Holland …
  • Nunhems, a Dutch vegetable seed business owned by Bayer CropScience, will spend $15.6 million to expand its research facilities for DNA analysis, seed technology, cell biology, and molecular breeding...
  • … And Introduces a ‘Green Shoe’
  • Bayer MaterialScience has unveiled a new concept shoe that it has dubbed the “Ecotrekker.” The firm says 90% of an Ecotrekker shoe is made of eco-friendly materials...
  • Galapagos Buys GSK R&D Site
  • GlaxoSmithKline is selling its Zagreb, Croatia, R&D facility to Belgian contract research organization Galapagos...
  • Temple Expands In Drug Discovery
  • Temple University is expanding the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research to create a fully integrated drug discovery engine at the school...
  • Genzyme Sells Unit, Cuts 1,000 Jobs
  • Genzyme has agreed to sell its Genzyme Genetics testing services business, which had revenues of $370 million in 2009, to Laboratory Corporation of America for $925 million...
  • Acceleron, Shire Ink Collaboration
  • Acceleron Pharma and Shire have formed a joint development and commercialization agreement under which Shire will obtain rights outside the U.S. to a range of...
  • Business Roundup
  • H.C. Starck, InChem, Cray Valley, Monsanto, Solvay, Roquette, Seattle Genetics, Relypsa...

Education

Kids' Books Ease Path To Science p. 31

ACS Meeting News: When linked with children’s literature, science grows less intimidating for elementary school teachers.

Government & Policy

Science Funding's Future pp. 20-21 (Member Content)

Congress is unlikely to reauthorize the America Competes Act this year.

Aftermath Of Disaster pp. 24-25 (Member Content)

ACS Meeting News: Researchers discuss consequences of Deepwater Horizon spill.

Government & Policy Concentrates p. 18 (Member Content)

  • MIT Study Urges Nuclear Overhaul
  • The U.S. needs a long-term, carefully planned and managed program to develop nuclear power, a team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicists urged in a report last week...
  • EPA Seeks Data On Drilling Chemicals
  • EPA is asking drilling companies to voluntarily disclose the chemical composition of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas extraction process ...
  • Best Science Students Need More Challenges
  • America’s education system must better identify, challenge, and foster its top science students to ensure long-term economic prosperity...
  • NIH Research On Space Station
  • NASA has agreed to let researchers who receive grant money from NIH conduct studies aboard the International Space Station (ISS)...
  • Perchlorate Cleanup At Federal Agencies
  • Perchlorate contamination of water and other media remains a problem at numerous sites operated by the federal government...

ACS Comment

Educating For Sustainability p. 32 (Member Content)

ACS News

ACS-GDCh Alliance p. 33

American and German Chemical Society agree to undertake joint activities to communicate chemistry's value.

Astellas Awards p. 34

ACS Meeting News: Grant recipients apply chemical approaches to human health problems.

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Drive-By Conservation pp. 26-28 (Member Content)

Mobile laboratory treks across Europe to study cultural masterpieces.

Monitoring Cellular Metals pp. 29-30 (Member Content)

ACS Meeting News: Techniques are being developed to probe the location and concentration of essential metal species in cells.

Science & Technology Concentrates pp. 24-25 (Member Content)

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Letters p. 2

Newscripts p. 40

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