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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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