September 5, 2011 Issue | Chemical & Engineering News

What Is Tinsel Made Of? Speaking of Chemistry Ep. 12

How is the shiny tinsel that decorates many Christmas trees made? Find out all about tinsel's chemistry history in this very special holiday episode of Speaking of Chemistry.

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September 5, 2011 Issue

Volume 89, Issue 36
September 5, 2011 Issue, Vol. 89 | Iss. 36
Irreversible inhibitors may provide unique benefits in drug development
By Lila Guterman
(pp. 19-26)
Custom manufacturers of controlled substances confront unique challenges in a drug market niche  (pp. 30-33)
Science & Technology
Alberta’s oil sands are a vast energy resource, but tapping them comes at the expense of a lot of water (pp. 56-59)
Science & Technology
Researchers take cancer-fighting viruses from bench to bedside (pp. 61-62)
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News of the Week

Chemists Convene In Denver

ACS Meeting News: ‘Chemistry of Air, Space & Water’ served as meeting theme

Pfizer Advances Its Pipeline

Drug Discovery: An approval and key late-stage data restore confidence in the firm’s R&D engine

U.S.-Backed Solar Panel Maker Folds

Bankruptcy: Solyndra got loan guarantee but can’t make a profit

Making Graphene More Useful

ACS Meeting News: Textbook reaction offers customized modification of carbon material’s properties

BioAmber’s Big Bet

Scale-up: Firm expands biobased succinic acid production with plan for facility in Ontario

Entrepreneurs Wanted

ACS Meeting News: Task force outlines path to 100,000 new chemistry jobs in 20 years

Making Greener Flame Retardants

ACS Meeting News: Environmentally friendly films protect cotton and foam from flames and heat

Changeup Yields Indole Alkaloid

ACS Meeting News: Cyclization and nitrene insertion star in synthesis

From Dust To Snow

ACS Meeting News: Study of atmospheric dust may herald changes in weather and climate forecasting


Government & Policy

Bipartisan effort targets overhaul of U.S. patent system
(pp. 44-46)
Agency to investigate accessibility to mentoring programs, potential bias in peer review process
(pp. 47-49)
Yearly gain in carbon dioxide emissions for 2010 tops U.S. GDP growth for first time in more than two decades
(pp. 50-52)


Camp helps blind teens study science by tapping into their other senses
(pp. 64-65)