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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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Transforming Flies Into Degradable Plastics

Imagine using insects as a source of chemicals to make plastics that can biodegrade later — with the help of that very same type of bug. That concept is closer to reality than you might expect.
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Air Pollution Tested on the Wing by Lab-on-a-Drone

Researchers have developed a "lab-on-a-drone" that can detect and analyze pollutants, such as hydrogen sulfide, while on the wing.
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Spiders Are Transferring Mercury Contamination To Land Animals

When insects live in mercury-contaminated waterways, they can pass the metal along to the spiders that eat them. Researchers have demonstrated how some shoreline spiders can move mercury contamination from riverbeds up the food chain to land animals.
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Glycosylation Patterns Could Help To Diagnose Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Differing glycosylation patterns on immunoglobulin A between Chron's disease and ulcerative colitis could help lead to the development of a non-invasive diagnostic test.
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Targeting Iron Could Lead to New Anti-Cancer Drugs

Researchers discovered a new class of iron-targeting compounds that hamper the proliferation of cultured malignant cells in a laboratory setting. The new molecules exploit the iron dependency of malignant cells.
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Sleep's Brain-Boosting Secret: A Novel Mechanism Revealed

A new study has identified how sleep deprivation harms the brain, isolating a protective protein that declines with sleep deprivation, leading to neuronal death.
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Fermented Onions Make Plant-Based Meats "Meatier"

Plant-based alternatives such as tempeh and bean burgers provide protein-rich options for those who want to reduce their meat consumption. However, replicating meat's flavors and aromas has proven challenging.
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Discarded Aloe Peels Could Be a Sustainable, Natural Insecticide

Scientists report that aloe peels, often discarded as agricultural waste, can ward off bugs, acting as a natural insecticide. They have identified several bioactive compounds in extracts from the peels that deter insects from feasting on crops.
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Could ADHD Medicine Help Tackle the Cocaine Abuse Crisis?

Cocaine use continues to be a public health problem, yet despite concerted efforts, no drugs have been approved to resolve cocaine addiction. Research suggests that the drug Ritalin® could serve as a cocaine-replacement therapy.
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Novel Method To Capture and Recycle CO2 From Industrial Emissions

Researchers have designed a capture system using an electrochemical cell that can easily grab and release CO2. The device operates at room temperature and requires less energy than conventional, amine-based carbon-capture systems.