C&EN Picks for ACS Philadelphia #ACSPhilly
Aug14

C&EN Picks for ACS Philadelphia #ACSPhilly

What's the latest research on the environmental impacts of fracking? Why is there an ongoing debate about how forensic chemistry is used in courtrooms? Sessions at next week's ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia will be covering those timely topics. Watch all of our staff's picks below. If you'll be in Philadelphia, you can also see these videos in the convention...

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Caroling Beaker
Dec24

Caroling Beaker

Last year Beaker offered up "Ode to Joy." This year we get "Ringing of the Bells." Happy holidays, everyone!

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More Holiday-Related Chemistry Fun
Dec24

More Holiday-Related Chemistry Fun

In November, I wrote a Newscripts about Diane Bunce’s public lecture and demonstration of the chemical principles of Thanksgiving dinner. Well, she’s at again. This time, she taught her students a thing or two about making holiday crafts in the lab. Check out this video, also available at the ACS podcast “ByteSizeScience,” for tips on making your own snow globe, bouncy "snow balls," and marbled Christmas cards. Follow it up by making some chemical Christmas ornaments, and you’ve got yourself a holiday schedule full of geeky goodness. Thanks again to the wizards in the ACS Office of Public Affairs for sharing their footage. Happy Holidays,...

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Chemis-trees
Dec22

Chemis-trees

It's chemical Christmas trees galore! This week's Newscripts covers chemical decorations for Christmas trees, and the Periodic Table of Videos folks have visions of glucose molecules (and ethanol and ibuprofen and iron tetracarbonyl) dancing in their heads: As an aside, Professor Poliakoff was featured on CBS News the other night. Happy...

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Global Warming Continues
Dec10

Global Warming Continues

With apologies to Michael Mann, here’s a video that shows that global warming skeptics both, a) have a sense of humor, and, b) have a fair amount of time on their hands. On the serious side, though, the “decline” that is the heart of this cute little ditty and video isn’t all the skeptics are cracking it up to be. No one denies that global temperatures, measured by a variety of methods, have declined slightly over the past decade. That said, 1998 was the warmest year in recorded history. So the decline, which climate scientists attribute to a number of factors, is from a very high starting point. And every year since 1998, while slightly cooler than that benchmark year, has been one of the warmest years in history. In fact, according to the World Meteorological Organization, the decade from 2000 to 2009 is the warmest in the modern record, and 2009 “is likely to rank in the top 10 warmest on record.” According to WMO, “This year [2009] above-normal temperatures were recorded in most parts of the continents. Only North America (U.S. and Canada) experienced conditions that were cooler than average. Given the current figures, large parts of southern Asia and central Africa are likely to have the warmest year on record.” WMO also states that, “The decade of the 2000s (2000-2009) was warmer than the decade spanning the 1990s (1990-1999), which in turn was warmer than the 1980s (1980-1989). Does anyone sense a trend...

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