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2012-04-18 21:09:27

Scientists are reporting development and successful testing of a way to reuse – hundreds of times – the expensive, dirt-busting enzymes that boost the cleaning power of laundry detergents and powdered bleaches that now disappear down the drain. The discovery, reported in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, opens the door to new laundry products, like special scrub brushes or reusable enzyme-coated plastic flakes and strips that might be added to...

2012-04-18 20:57:39

Scientists are reporting development and successful testing in laboratory mice of a substance that shows promise for becoming the first antidote for cocaine toxicity in humans. According to a report in ACS' journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, the new so-called "passive vaccine" reversed the motor impairment, seizures and other dangerous symptoms of a cocaine overdose, which claims thousands of lives each year among users of the illicit drug. Kim D. Janda and Jennifer B. Treweek explain that...

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2012-03-29 06:16:38

According to new evidence, unroasted coffee beans may be able to play a big role in those who are trying to lose weight. Scientists found that unroasted, or green, coffee beans can produce a substantial decrease in body weight in a short period of time. They reported their findings at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The study involved 16 overweight or obese people between the ages of 22 and 26 years old.  The participants were...

2012-03-28 00:42:24

Thirty-five years after a landmark report documented minority women as the most underrepresented individuals in science, engineering, medicine and dentistry, dramatic improvements have occurred for women of color, but serious obstacles remain. That was the message from a report here at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. The presentation was part of an ACS symposium titled, "The Double Bind: Minority...

2012-03-27 11:47:59

With an understanding of science and technology growing ever more important for full participation in a democratic society, the world's largest scientific society today is holding a special symposium on how scientists can better communicate their work to the public. The American Chemical Society (ACS), which has more than 164,000 members, will host the event, "Communicating Chemistry to the Public," as part of its 243rd National Meeting & Exposition, being held here. It begins at 1...

2012-03-27 11:46:47

The traditional way of making medicines from ingredients mixed together in a factory may be joined by a new approach in which doctors administer the ingredients for a medicine separately to patients, and the ingredients combine to produce the medicine inside patients' bodies. That's one promise from an emerging new field of chemistry, according to the scientist who founded it barely a decade ago. Carolyn Bertozzi, Ph.D., spoke on the topic – bioorthogonal chemistry – here today...

2012-03-26 23:31:44

New research finds ongoing treatment with ticagrelor safe and effective in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Ticagrelor, a potent anti-platelet medication, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the summer of 2011 and is known to significantly reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, vascular death and death overall in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), which are characterized by symptoms related to obstruction in coronary arteries, which supply blood to the...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.