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May 18, 2009 Issue

Volume 87, Issue 20
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May 18, 2009 Issue, Vol. 87 | Iss. 20
New instrumentation, materials, and analysis techniques take lab staple into high-performance arena
By Jyllian N. Kemsley
(pp. 11-18)
Features
Business
Chemical firms cling to shrinking profits, look for glimmer of an upturn (pp. 21-23)
Business
Economic repercussions took a toll on first-quarter sales and earnings (pp. 24-26)
Government & Policy
The fight to update the U.S. patent system focuses on damage awards (pp. 34-35)
Back Issues
 

News of the Week

Japanese Firms Post Huge Losses

Weak demand and inventory write-offs hurt companies
(p.5)

NSF Rolls Out Stimulus Plan

Agency will use money to support mix of new and existing programs
(p.6)

RSC Acquires Chemical Database

Repository offers free structure and property data
(p.6)

Jury Acquits W.R. Grace In Asbestos Case

After a three-month trial, firm and executives are cleared on all 10 counts
(p.7)

Polymer Folding

Hydrogen bonds collapse single polymer chains into nanoparticles
(p.7)

Platinum Catalysts Branch Out

Dendritic structures outperform current fuel-cell materials
(p.8)

Quantum Dots That Don't Blink

Core structure suppresses blinking and leads to unusual spectral behavior
(p.8)

Mystery Structure Solved

Total synthesis confirms structure of micrococcin P1
(p.9)

Persistent Organic Pollutants

Treaty now includes PFOS and brominated flame retardants
(p.9)
 

Departments

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Business

Chemical firms cling to shrinking profits, look for glimmer of an upturn
(pp. 21-23)
Economic repercussions took a toll on first-quarter sales and earnings
(pp. 24-26)
Newlyweds Invitrogen and Applied Biosystems get to know one another
(pp. 28-30)
Company's first Chinese-born leader sees financial crisis as offering opportunities
(p.31)
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Government & Policy

The fight to update the U.S. patent system focuses on damage awards
(pp. 34-35)
New science leaders and increased funding have policy wonks in a good mood
(pp. 36-38)
Supreme Court decision opens a crack in the rigid waste cleanup law
(p.39)

Books

Book explores uranium's history, grip on popular imagination
(pp. 51-52)
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Science & Technology

New instrumentation, materials, and analysis techniques take lab staple into high-performance arena
(pp. 11-18)
Disruptions of insulin signaling and glucose regulation contribute to development of Alzheimer's disease
(pp. 42-46)
Behind every sequence of As, Ts, Cs, and Gs is a whole lot of molecular shape, and that's where DNA's business gets done
(pp. 47-49)
Nobel Laureate turns the spotlight on promising young scientists
(p.50)

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