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New research examines how HIV infections occur on the molecular level
The UK's National Physical Laboratory with the University of Edinburgh and IBM's TJ Watson Research Center have published new research about the structure of an HIV-1 protein that could help to develop new drugs to stop the virus infecting healthy cells. (2011-01-18)

US launches International Year of Chemistry Feb. 1 with panel of world-renowned chemists
The US launch of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 is Feb. 1 in Philadelphia, Pa., where prominent leaders from industry and academia will gather to discuss solutions to increasing global demands for energy, safe food and water, and improving human health at a panel discussion, titled (2011-01-13)

International first: Gas-phase carbonic acid isolated
A team of chemists headed by Thomas Loerting from the University of Innsbruck and Hinrich Grothe from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria have prepared and isolated gas-phase carbonic acid and have succeeded in characterizing the gas-phase molecules by using infrared spectroscopy. The results were published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. (2011-01-11)

AAAS honors Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers for distinguished science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named nine Iowa State University researchers -- two of them are also affiliated with the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory -- fellows of the association. The honor recognizes (2011-01-11)

Press registration opens for American Chemical Society National Meeting, March 27-31, 2011
News media now can apply for registration for the American Chemical Society's 241st National Meeting & Exposition March 27-31, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif., one of the largest scientific conferences of the New Year. The meeting, held during the International Year of Chemistry, will take place at the Anaheim Convention and Exhibition Center and at area hotels. (2011-01-06)

New Year's Eve tip from American Chemical Society journal: Pour champagne down the side of the glass
Just in time for New Year's Eve, a study in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry may settle a long-standing disagreement over the best way to pour a glass of champagne: Scientists in France are reporting that pouring bubbly in an angled, down-the-side way is best for preserving its taste and fizz. (2010-12-22)

Atomic weights of 10 elements on periodic table about to make an historic change
For the first time in history, a change will be made to the atomic weights of some elements listed on the Periodic table of the chemical elements posted on walls of chemistry classrooms and on the inside covers of chemistry textbooks worldwide. The new table will express atomic weights of 10 elements in a new manner that will reflect more accurately how these elements are found in nature. (2010-12-15)

Boston University School of Medicine professor receives AACC's Van Slyke Award
Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D., a professor at Boston University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2010 Van Slyke Award from the American Academy for Clinical Chemistry New York Metro Section. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the science of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. (2010-12-13)

Canadian scientists identify a spontaneously chain-reacting molecule
The paper describes, for the first time, a simple molecule that each time it chemically reacts with a surface prepares a hospitable neighboring site at which the next incoming molecule reacts. Accordingly, these molecules, when simply dosed (blindly) on the surface, spontaneously grow durable (2010-12-12)

ACS Webinars focus on chemistry in your kitchen this holiday season
News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinars focusing on kitchen chemistry for the holidays. Scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 9, from 2-3 p.m. EST, the free ACS Webinar will feature Shirley Corriher, author of CookWise and BakeWise, and Peter Barham, author of The Science of Cooking. (2010-12-08)

New American Chemical Society podcast: Black rice bran may reduce inflammation
The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's award-winning podcast series, (2010-11-30)

Latest American Chemical Society podcast: New water filter kills disease-causing bacteria
The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's award-winning podcast series, (2010-11-18)

Queen's University scientists discover new method for studying molecules
Researchers at Queen's University have discovered the method for studying oxygen in large molecular systems. The findings will help in the study of proteins, DNA, RNA and other molecular structures. (2010-11-17)

President Obama awards chemists National Medals of Science and Technology and Innovation
President Obama will honor seven chemists, all members of the American Chemical Society, with National Medals of Science and Technology and Innovation during a White House ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 17. (2010-11-16)

Structure of a protein related to heart and nervous system health revealed
University of Michigan researchers have solved the structure of a protein that is integral to processes responsible for maintaining a healthy heart and nervous system. The protein -- cystathionine beta-synthase, known as CBS -- uses vitamin B6 to make hydrogen sulfide, a gaseous signaling molecule. (2010-11-16)

American Chemical Society announces speakers for inaugural Kavli Foundation lectures
A chemist who has developed synthetic biomaterials that could revolutionize medicine and a scientist who helped institute a global ban on the chemicals that destroy atmospheric ozone will inaugurate the Kavli Foundation Innovations in Chemistry Lecture program in 2011. The lectures will be presented at American Chemical Society National Meetings next year. (2010-11-15)

Key player in detoxification pathway isolated after decades of searching
We know P450s are important to life of all kinds because they have been found in animals, plants, fungi and bacteria, but they are of special interest to humans because they are responsible for metabolism of about 75 percent of known pharmaceuticals. (2010-11-12)

ACS Webinars focus on the latest green chemistry policy developments
News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society Webinars focusing on the latest green chemistry policy developments -- such as the Safe Chemicals Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act -- and how they may affect chemical professionals, chemical industries, and the future of green chemistry. Scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18, from 2-3 p.m. EST, the free ACS Webinar will feature Richard Denison of the Environmental Defense Fund. (2010-11-11)

Scientists identify 1 cause of damage in Alzheimer's disease and find a way to stop it
A new study at the University of California, San Diego, shows that amyloid beta disrupts one of the brain's anti-oxidant proteins and demonstrates a way to protect that protein, and perhaps others, from amyloid's harmful effects. (2010-11-09)

American Chemical Society launches C&EN Archives online
The American Chemical Society announced the launch of Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) Archives are now available online. This new resource includes more than 85 years of content from C&EN, ACS' weekly news magazine. The content includes a complete history of the chemical enterprise from 1923 through 2010 -- fully searchable and accessible via the same platform used to access ACS' suite of 38 peer-reviewed journals. (2010-11-08)

Dangerous chemicals in food wrappers likely migrating to humans: U of T study
University of Toronto scientists have found that chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are migrating into food and being ingested by people where they are contributing to chemical contamination observed in blood. (2010-11-08)

ACS Webinars focus on chemists in the community during National Chemistry Week
News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society Webinars focusing on ways chemists can volunteer in their communities especially in connection with National Chemistry Week. Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, the free ACS Webinar will feature Al Hazari of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., speaking on Sparking Discovery -- Chemists in the Community. (2010-10-20)

Researchers develop method for curbing growth of crystals that form kidney stones
Researchers have developed a method for curbing the growth of crystals that form cystine kidney stones. Their findings may offer a pathway to a new method for the prevention of kidney stones. (2010-10-14)

Ballou High School event to kick off National Chemistry Week
The Ballou Senior High School in southeast Washington, D.C., will host a day-long, kick-off event of hands-on chemistry activities for 350 students as part of this year's National Chemistry Week celebration. The event takes place on Oct. 15 and is sponsored by the American Chemical Society. (2010-10-11)

NASA's Mobile Mars Laboratory almost ready for flight
The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite has completed assembly at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and is nearly ready for a December delivery to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., where it will be joined to the Curiosity rover. SAM and Curiosity are set to fly on the on the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission scheduled for launch in the fall of 2011. (2010-10-08)

2010 Chemistry Nobel laureate Ei-ichi Negishi leads C&EN webinar
Ei-ichi Negishi, Ph.D., who shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will lead a Chemical & Engineering News webinar Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. EDT on the discovery, development and application of the ZACA reaction. That reaction provides new ways of making medicines and other products using green chemistry methods, which minimize or avoid the use of potentially toxic substances. C&EN is the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society. (2010-10-07)

UD Professor Emeritus wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Richard F. Heck, the Willis F. Harrington Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware, has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Heck, 79, was honored alongside fellow researchers Akira Suzuki, 80, of Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, and Ei-Ichi Negishi, 75, of Purdue University, (2010-10-06)

Scripps researchers, UCSD chemists to create center devoted to chemistry's influence on climate
Scientists in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have won a grant to study prevailing mysteries about how chemistry influences climate and atmospheric processes. (2010-10-06)

Reducing CO2 emissions by photochemical recycling to useful chemicals
Starting in October 2010, Dr. Jennifer Strunk will lead a new junior research group in the Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry lead by Prof. Dr. MartinMuhler with a five-year, 1.18 million Euro ($1.62 million) research grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Their research will target the photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to produce useful building block chemicals of the chemical industry. (2010-10-04)

Europa's hidden ice chemistry
The frigid ice of Jupiter's moon Europa may be hiding more than a presumed ocean: it is likely the scene of some unexpectedly fast chemistry between water and sulfur dioxide at extremely cold temperatures. Although these molecules react easily as liquids -- they are well-known ingredients of acid rain -- Mark Loeffler and Reggie Hudson at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., now report that they react as ices with surprising speed and high yield at temperatures hundreds of degrees below freezing. (2010-10-04)

American Chemical Society Webinar focuses on careers in intellectual property for chemists
News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society webinars focusing on careers in intellectual property for chemists. Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7, 2-3 p.m. EDT, the free ACS webinar will feature Robert J. Koch, an attorney with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, speaking on careers in intellectual property for chemists. (2010-09-30)

New American Chemical Society podcast: Big building blocks from nanoparticles
A new genre of construction materials, made from stuff barely 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, is about to play a big role in the building of homes, offices, bridges and other structures, according to the latest episode in the American Chemical Society's award-winning podcast series, (2010-09-14)

Misfolded neural proteins linked to autism disorders
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, has identified misfolding and other molecular anomalies in a key brain protein associated with autism spectrum disorders. (2010-09-10)

American Chemical Society webinar focuses on NSF's small business funding programs
News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society webinars, focusing on how to navigate the National Science Foundation's small business funding programs. Scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, the free ACS webinar will feature Josephine Yuen, Ph.D., NSF program director, speaking on (2010-09-09)

New American Chemical Society podcast: Economical biodiesel from sewage sludge
Scientists report, in the latest episode in the American Chemical Society's award-winning podcast series, (2010-09-08)

Iowa State chemists discover method to create high-value chemicals from biomass
Walter Trahanovsky, an Iowa State professor of chemistry, was trying to produce sugar derivatives from biomass using high-temperature chemistry. He was surprised when his research also produced significant yields of high-value chemicals. (2010-09-02)

Developments in nanobiotechnology at UCSB point to medical applications
Two new groundbreaking scientific papers by researchers at UC Santa Barbara demonstrate the synthesis of nanosize biological particles with the potential to fight cancer and other illnesses. The studies introduce new approaches that are considered (2010-08-31)

Fixing Wiki: Wikipedia revision project teaches teamwork, communication, chemistry
Halogen bonding, hyperconjugation, electroactive polymers -- such subjects are typical fare in graduate-level chemistry courses. But how many classes challenge students to explain the concepts to the whole world? (2010-08-26)

University of Maryland receives $1.9M from NSF for investigations of biomolecular structure
The University of Maryland has received a $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to acquire a superconducting 800 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer that will help scientists and engineers to solve complex problems in biology and medicine. The instrument will be the highest field NMR spectrometer on the College Park campus and will enable scientists to investigate the three-dimensional structure of biological molecules with a degree of resolution not previously possible. (2010-08-24)

American Chemical Society National Meeting hosts special event on science policy
With laws, government regulations, and funding priorities continuing to exert a broad impact on science, a group of graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is holding a special symposium Aug. 23 during the American Chemical Society 240th National Meeting and Exhibition here to familiarize future scientists with the unfamiliar realm of public policy. (2010-08-23)

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