December 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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December 5, 2011 Issue

Volume 89, Issue 49
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December 5, 2011 Issue, Vol. 89 | Iss. 49
A near record high in new drug approvals fortifies the pharmaceutical industry ahead of next year’s patent expiries
By Rick Mullin
(pp. 12-18)
Features
Business
Japanese temblor triggered surge in prices in a market that was already tight (pp. 22-24)
Science & Technology
Scientists probe the role of sea ice in atmospheric chemistry as the Arctic warms (pp. 37-38)
Back Issues
 

News of the Week

Making A Better Enzyme

Protein Design: Mimic narrows efficiency gap with natural enzyme
(p.7)

Agency Toughens Scrutiny Of Plants

Government: Targeted inspections of chemical facilities aim to prevent serious accidents
(p.8)

BASF Promotes Growth Agenda

Strategy: Firm targets high-margin businesses and emerging markets
(p.8)

Mercks Get Mixed Up In Facebook

Germany’s Merck sues social-networking website for confusing it with U.S.-based Merck.
(p.9)

Switch-On Fluorescence

Biological Imaging: Functionalized nanoparticles light up upon entering cells
(p.9)

A Hit In Silico

Drug Discovery: Computer-assisted design leads to synthesis of a potent anti-HIV compound
(p.10)

Thumbs Down On Drug War Weapon

Report: Experts cite limitations of applying toxic fungi on illicit crops
(p.10)

Proteins From The Ancient Past

Paleoproteomics: Method detects an unprecedented number of proteins in bone of a woolly mammoth
(p.11)
 

Departments

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Government & Policy

Fears mount over future supply of critical materials needed for U.S. weapons systems
(pp. 33-34)
Governments, industry grapple with potent greenhouse gas effects of widely used non-ozone-depleting refrigerants
(pp. 31-32)

Education

Project iLASER engages Hispanic students in hands-on activities
(p.40)