September 19, 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 19, 2011 Issue

Volume 89, Issue 38
September 19, 2011 Issue, Vol. 89 | Iss. 38
Developers of new polymers are trying to avoid the hazards that have made success difficult for many of their predecessors
By Alexander H. Tullo
(pp. 10-14)
Government & Policy
Coal-fired electrical power plants face an uncertain future (pp. 22-23)
Science & Technology
ACS Meeting News: Symposium explores the benefits and challenges of recycling PET (pp. 30-32)
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Coal-fired electrical power plants face an uncertain future
(pp. 22-23)
ACS Meeting News: Litigation hobbles already beleaguered federal agencies
(pp. 24-25)
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(pp. 26-27)


ACS Meeting News: Thymine polymer project at Simmons College helps integrate lab instruction and research
(pp. 34-35)