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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.

Latest American Chemical Society Content

Ants on a stick.

How Four Ant Species Differ in Taste

Researchers now report the unique aroma profiles of four species of edible ants, which taste markedly different from one another.
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New Method Identifies Extremophiles Using Protein Fragments

Perfectly adapted microorganisms live in extreme environments from deep-sea trenches to mountaintops. Learning more about how these extremophiles survive in hostile conditions could inform scientists about life on Earth.
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“Stressed Out” Drone Batteries Could Be Reassigned Less Demanding Jobs

High-stress take-offs can wear out drone batteries quickly, but those batteries may still have use elsewhere.
A lightbulb.

“Bright Idea” Salvages Rare-Earth Phosphors From Recycled Lightbulbs

Researchers have found a simpler way to collect slightly magnetic particles that contain rare-earth metals from spent fluorescent bulbs.
A copper-metal kettle whistling out steam on a gas stove

Concerned About Microplastics in Your Water? Consider Boiling It First

A new study has found that boiling water traps microplastic particles inside the limescale deposits that build up on a kettle’s inner surfaces, reducing a person's exposure to microplastics.
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Scientists Develop Biocompatible Fluorescent Spray That Detects Fingerprints in Ten Seconds

Researchers have developed a non-toxic fluorescent spray that detects fingerprints in just a few seconds, making forensic investigations safer, easier and quicker.
Tuna in water.

Mercury Levels in Tuna Are Just as High as They Were in 1971

Despite a global reduction in mercury pollution in the intervening fifty years, researchers say marine fish are still just as contaminated with the toxin, likely due to legacy mercury still circulating in the oceans.
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Why Scientists Should Care About Society Publishing

The publishing landscape for scientists is changing, and there is now a plethora of options available, whether commercial or society-associated, from which to choose. This article explores where society journals sit in our scientific publishing picture and how publishing fits with societies.
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Pesticide-Coated Seeds Can Harm Earthworms

The small amount of pesticides used to coat seeds to protect them from insects have been shown to cause mitochondrial DNA damage in earthworms.
Neurons in purple.

Sensors Illuminate Alzheimer's Proteins for Earlier Detection

A new sensor could help monitor Alzheimer's disease progression or distinguish between different amyloid-related conditions.