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Chemtura in lawsuit on brominated flame retardants?
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In this week's C&EN, a fascinating little comment from the CEO of Chemtura on flame retardants (article by Marc Reisch): Although growth is promising in lubricants and urethanes, the bromine business is going through a difficult time because of a lull in demand for flame retardants used in electronic equipment, Rogerson acknowledges. That business is also under pressure from regulators. Methyl bromide, for example, is being phased out as a fumigant because it depletes Earth’s...

 
Russia Restores Contact with Gecko-Filled Space Capsule

A Russian space capsule carrying more than 20 science experiments — including a habitat full of geckos on a mission to mate in orbit — was feared to be in trouble for a few days after it stopped responding to commands from the ground. Oleg Ostapenko, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, told the Itar-Tass news agency on Saturday (July 26) that all systems were working normally and that commands were successfully sent to the Foton M4 capsule to continue its mission. With the he...

 
Suggestions for the ACS' industrial chemists committee?
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Also in this week's C&EN, a column talking about what ACS is doing for industrial chemists by Dawn Mason, the chair of Corporation Associates committee, which is the ACS's "formal link between these chemists and the society."Here are the list of areas the CA commitee is currently working on: SafetyLobbying Congress ACS policy statementsEducational outreachEntrepreneurialismAwards Dr. Mason ends with this statement:We don’t do this work in a vacuum and are appreciati...

 
Eggshells may act like 'sunblock'

Birds' eggs show adaptations in pigment concentration and thickness to allow the right amount of sun for embryos, scientists say....

 
'Brain hub predicts negative events'

Scientists have identified a part of the brain that may help us predict when things are about to go wrong and could play a part in depression....

 
[Dual Catalysis] A bright outlook for carbon coupling

In contemporary organic chemistry, it is straightforward to forge bonds between unsaturated carbons (i.e., carbons already engaged in double bonds) using cross-coupling catalysis. The – [Read More]...

 
NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks Off-World Driving Record

NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars has now boldly gone farther than any vehicle has before on the surface of another world, space agency officials announced today (July 28). As of Sunday (July 27), the Opportunity rover has driven 25.01 miles (40.2 kilometers) on the Red Planet, NASA officials said. "Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world," Opportunity project manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a st...

 
Is There a Happiness Gene?

Denmark and other Scandinavian countries regularly top world happiness rankings, and while many factors influence happiness, genetics may play a larger role than previously thought, according to the study authors. The new research examined the average genetic makeup of people in more than 100 countries, and compared how similar their genes were to people living in Denmark — a measurement called genetic distance. They found that the greater a nation's genetic distance from Denmark, the lowe...

 
All-Nighters Could Alter Your Memories

Sleep-deprived individuals are more likely to mix fact with imagination, embellish events and even remember things that never actually happened -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Sciencebase Fifteenth Anniversary

It was 20th July 1999 when I first registered the domain name sciencebase.com and transferred my old Elemental Discoveries websites from various ISP and freenet type hosts to this super hub of science. Don’t the years just fly by? At that time, I was quite serious about building up a science portal (as they were then known) and publishing regular science news, views, and interviews in what would eventually become known as the blogging format. Quite by chance 20th July was the forty-fifth a...

 
This week's C&EN
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Lots of interesting articles in this week C&EN:The MH17 story is really awful; Jyllian Kemsley covers an aspect of the tragedy, the death of an IU graduate student who was on the plane.Scripps president Michael Marletta resigns; story by Elizabeth K. Wilson.  Letter suggests that we need more socialism in this world; will be interesting to see angry responses in future issues. Letter suggests that ACS move to virtual conferences to prevent climate change; I suspect concern trolling...

 
Building 'invisible' materials with light

A new technique which uses light like a needle to thread long chains of particles could help bring sci-fi concepts such as cloaking devices one step closer to reality....

 
New species of mayfly discovered in India

Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. The larvae have light-brown heads with light-yellow antennae, and they grow to be about 4-5 millimeters in length. Adults are also about five millimeters long, and the males and females both lack hind wings....

 
Hepatitis C virus genotype 1 most prevalent worldwide

In one of the largest prevalence studies to date, researchers from the UK provide national, regional, and global genotype prevalence estimates for the hepatitis C virus. Findings indicate that genotype 1 is the most prevalent worldwide, with over 83 million patients infected of which one-third reside in East Asia....

 
Three win inaugural Blavatnik prizes

U.S. foundation extends regional awards program for young scientists...

 
[Planetary Topography] Springtime sighting at Titan's coastline

Seasonal warming on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is changing the shoreline of one of its methane seas. Titan hosts an active methane cycle like the water cycle on Earth, and a local – [Read More]...

 
Wide-eyed lemurs on the web

Fifty years of data about endangered primates goes online...

 
Brain State Breadcrumbs Lead Way Back To Consciousness

Researchers studying anesthetized rats discovered a handful of activity patterns that may mark the path to consciousness after anesthesia. Karen Hopkin reports.   -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Six Minor Meteor Showers Could Beat the Perseids This Summer

While a bright nearly-full moon will interfere with Perseid meteor observing, six other six lesser celestial displays will reach their peak in dark skies -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Record-breaking turtle migration exposes limits of marine reserves

Current marine protected areas may not be keeping migratory animals safe...

 
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