10 years and counting: Updating scientific discoveries from the past

December 21, 2011

Whatever happened to...? Go ahead. Fill in the blanks with one of the highly publicized scientific advances of the past. It's a question that can puzzle and perplex almost everyone who follows science news, as major discoveries get headlines and are then forgotten.

Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS), provides answers for a group of scientific advances in the cover story in its current edition. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society.

A decade ago, in its annual Chemical Highlights feature, now called Chemical Year In Review, C&EN looked at some of 2001's key research advances in chemistry and the multiple fields of science that involve chemistry. C&EN reporters have revisited several of those highlighted discoveries to see what became of them. The topics range from self-healing plastics (materials embedded with tiny capsules that rupture and release a healing agent that repairs cracks) to a new genre of electronic devices built with tubes of carbon so small that 10,000 would fit across the width of a human hair.
The American Chemical Society is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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