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UPDATE: Winner Named Favorite Chemistry Communicator

Forget American Idol, there's a new contest in town. A panel of three expert science communicators will provide feedback to five early-career chemists competing for the title of American Chemical Society’s Chemistry Champion.

Research Says Love IS a Drug

Do I love thee? Let me check my dopamine and oxytocin levels and I'll get back to you. Oh – and if I do love you, I will exhibit the same behavior as a person seeking a drug fix: risk taking to get what I want and withdrawal symptoms if...

Another Breaking Bad Fix Via ACS Video

My name is Traci and I have never watched Breaking Bad. I've heard many good things about it and I always contemplated watching it, but time got away from me and seasons changed and I was worried I would never catch up. Yes, I know there's always Netflix. . .

De-Skunking Video Wins ACS Everyday Chemistry Contest

I am thankful that I've never needed a remedy for de-skunking a dog. However, I'm sure I've just tempted fate. No worries, this video, which was the winner of a contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), gives me the lowdown on getting the skunk stink out of my...

Wooden Batteries Solve Environmental Issue

I have a coffee can full of old batteries. I don't want to toss them in the trash – those things leak all sorts of unfriendly stuff into the environment. Each time I look at the can, I think – why can't they come up with an environmentally friendly battery?...

AkzoNobel Presents First North American Science Award

On June 6, I attended AkzoNobel's inaugural North American Innovation Conference, held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The venue was an ideal setting to celebrate the company's achievements in science and industry, and honor Professor Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski, Ph.D., of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, with the...

Hybrid Clay Could Be The Cost-Effective Answer To Water Purification

A study on “hybrid clay” that appears in the journal American Chemical Society (ACS) Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering suggests an inexpensive new material made of clay and papaya seeds removes harmful metals from water and could lower the cost of providing clean water to millions of people in the developing world.

Horse Manure Key To Streamlining Biofuel Production

My sister-in-law owns a horse farm. She has up to 20 horses in her care at any given time. That many horses means a lot of manure. Not only do you have to muck the stalls to rid the area of waste, but you also have to take that waste...

Serendipity Leads To Sun-Kissed Skin

I don't mind winter, but I do hate the pasty-white skin I sport during these cold months. I remember my grandmother used to slather herself with Q.T. (quick tan in a bottle from Coppertone). Then my brother and I would wait for her to turn orange – we'd marvel at...

DayGlo Boasts A Bright History and ACS Agrees

I'm a kid of the 1980s. I grew up wearing super-bright shirts, socks, shoes and accessories and I had my share of black-light posters that glowed in the dark. While my attire was bright, apparently I wasn't.