December 10, 2012 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 10, 2012 Issue

Volume 90, Issue 50
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December 10, 2012 Issue, Vol. 90 | Iss. 50
In 2012, drugmakers lost many key patents, but that was just a part of a broad industry transformation
By Rick Mullin
(pp. 15-20)
Features
Government & Policy
Confusion over requirement leads to analysis, revision of review criteria (pp. 38-41)
Science & Technology
Some experiments find cell damage and increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (pp. 46-47)
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News of the Week

A New Look At Harvesting Light

Biochemistry: Molecules key to color vision can be manipulated to alter their light-absorbing properties
(p.9)

Chemical Spill Slows New Jersey Train Crash Probe

Security: Bridge and the train itself considered as cause for derailment
(p.10)

Three Advanced Ethanol Projects Move Ahead

Fuel From Waste: Companies using diverse feedstocks move toward commercialization
(p.10)

House Of Representatives Wants Foreign Science Graduates

House bill allows more science workers to stay in U.S. but at the cost of the diversity visa program
(p.11)

Merck Launches Alzheimer’s Trial

Pharmaceuticals: Late-stage studies begin but Bristol-Myers Squibb pulls its own candidate
(p.11)

High Court To Hear Myriad Genetics Case

Patent Law: Long fight continues over human gene patentability
(p.12)

Taming Fluoroform

Synthetic Methods: Chemists refine approach for using a waste greenhouse gas
(p.12)

A Twist On Water Splitting

Photocatalysts: Nanosized crystal patchwork generates hydrogen, raising alternative-energy hopes
(p.13)

Sasol Advances Major Chemicals And Fuels Projects

South African company moves ahead with gas-to-liquids and ethylene plants in U.S.
(p.13)
 

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Business

Daimler’s safety concerns force eleventh-hour review of environmentally friendly air-conditioning fluid
(pp. 34-35)
In 2012, drugmakers lost many key patents, but that was just a part of a broad industry transformation
(pp. 15-20)
The closure of Merck Serono’s Geneva site prompts staffers to consider launching their own firms
(pp. 24-28)
Competitors collaborate to standardize materials for OLEDs and other electronics
(pp. 29-31)
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Government & Policy

Energy Department picks a design and a builder for small modular reactor power plants
(p.42)
Confusion over requirement leads to analysis, revision of review criteria
(pp. 38-41)

Books

The climate scientist tells his story and explores the role of skepticism in science
(pp. 52-53)

Education

Physician-Chemist integrates medical practice into his teaching and research
(p.51)
Girls Scouts team up with the New York Academy of Sciences to bring science to middle school Cadettes
(pp. 49-50)