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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 17, 2012 Issue

Volume 90, Issue 51
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December 17, 2012 Issue, Vol. 90 | Iss. 51
Government tries to grow a competitive research enterprise in five key areas
By Britt E. Erickson
(pp. 12-15)
Features
Government & Policy
Ocean iron-dumping project prompts proposals to regulate climate intervention (pp. 26-27)
ACS News
National Chemistry Week celebrates 25 years of outreach with this year’s nanotechnology theme (pp. 39-43)
Back Issues
 
Open Access Comes To Africa
South Africa Hosts Berlin 10 Conference
(pp. 12-15)
Making Premium Wine And Tea
South Africa turns to chemistry to improve quality of agricultural products
(pp. 16-17)
 

News of the Week

Improving Chemistry Graduate Education

Education: ACS commission calls for major changes in programs, funding nationwide
(p.7)

Amgen To Buy DeCode Genetics

Drug Discovery: Leading biotech company bags Icelandic gene hunter
(p.8)

Symbolic Extension Of Kyoto Protocol Clears The Way For Talks On New Climate Treaty

United Nations: Extension of Kyoto protocol clears way for talks on a new pact
(p.8)

Brighter Organics On Display

Electronics: Family of aromatic compounds may mean cheaper, flexible OLED screens
(p.9)

European Union Moves Toward Unified Patent System

Intellectual Property: A less expensive and less cumbersome system could take effect as early as April 14, if ratified
(p.9)

Bid For A123 Systems By Chinese Firm Draws Critics

Technology: Congressional leaders decry sale of bankrupt battery maker, the recipient of U.S. funds, to a foreign firm
(p.10)

Gold Catalyst Approaches Performance Of Conventional Precious-Metal Catalysts

Small clusters of three to ten gold atoms catalyze alkyne hydration with industrial-scale turnover numbers and frequencies
(p.10)

A Plan To Improve Biomedical R&D

Research: NIH aims to boost diversity, enhance training for nonacademic careers
(p.11)

ACS Board Actions For 2013

Board of directors approves 2013 budget, reelects Carroll as board chair
(p.11)
 

Departments

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Government & Policy

Groups ask NIH to ignore Abbott’s patents on Norvir and allow generic competition to lower the drug’s cost
(pp. 28-29)
South Africa turns to chemistry to improve quality of agricultural products
(pp. 16-17)
Agency adds new international opportunities to popular Graduate Fellowship Research Program
(p.30)
Government tries to grow a competitive research enterprise in five key areas
(pp. 12-15)
Ocean iron-dumping project prompts proposals to regulate climate intervention
(pp. 26-27)

Books

Science writer Sam Kean dives into a personal, historical, and scientific exploration of genetics
(pp. 37-38)
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Science & Technology

Unique material could find use for drug delivery and in electrical switches and robotics
(p.35)
Assessment framework enables chemists to spot chemicals with endocrine-disrupting activity early in the design process
(pp. 33-34)
Chemist describes the challenges of authenticating artwork and finding forgeries
(p.36)

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