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Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, the American Chemical Society (ACS) are one of the world’s largest scientific organizations, with more than 200,000 individuals in their global community across 140 countries. Their mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and all its people. ACS's vision is to improve all people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

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Can Lab-Grown Coffee Cells Replace Conventional Coffee?

A study in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that some of the comforting aromas and tastes of a conventional cup of coffee could be reproduced by roasting and brewing coffee cell cultures.
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Limestone Putty Nanogenerator Harvests Energy From Everyday Motion

Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) are small devices that convert mechanical or thermal energy into electricity for use in small, wireless autonomous devices. Researchers have now created a more cost-effective TENG that is simpler to build.
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Toilet Bowl Treatment Causes Bacteria To Slide Right Off

A transparent coating that makes surfaces more water-repellent causes bacteria to slide off a toilet bowl, offering a practical way to self-sanitize shared surfaces in the interest of public health.
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Amino Acids May Have Formed Alongside Stars or Planets

While life on Earth is relatively new, geologically speaking, the ingredients that combined to form it might be much older than once thought. According to research the simplest amino acid, could have formed alongside stars or planets.
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Is Your Hair Routine Releasing Harmful Chemicals Into the Air?

The average morning routine for many Americans includes inhaling several milligrams of chemicals that may be harmful to their health, Purdue University researchers have found.
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New Rechargeable Hydrogen-Chlorine Battery Operates Over a Wide Temperature Range

Researchers designed a rechargeable hydrogen-chlorine (H2-Cl2) battery that can operate in a wide temperature ranging from -70 ℃ to 40 ℃.
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Clearing World War II Munitions Could Contaminate the Ocean

Concerns have been raised over the environmental impact of controlled detonations to clear underwater munitions from World War II, as smaller blasts are shown to minimize shock waves but release more toxic residues.
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Microplastics Found in Clouds Could Be Affecting the Weather

Researchers have analyzed microplastics in clouds above mountains. They suggest that these tiny particles could play a role in cloud formation and, in turn, affect weather.
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Why Sorghum Could Replace Barley for Beer Brewing

Though beer is a popular drink worldwide, it’s usually made from barley, which leaves those with a gluten allergy unable to enjoy it. Sorghum could be an alternative, but complex preparation steps have hampered its widespread adoption by brewers.
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Why Does Sourdough Have Such a Unique Flavor?

A staple of lockdown kitchens and bakeries across the world, sourdough is famed for its unique, tangy flavor. New research, presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2023 conference, has identified what makes sourdough taste so good.