January 28, 2013 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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January 28, 2013 Issue

Volume 91, Issue 4
January 28, 2013 Issue, Vol. 91 | Iss. 4
Cleaning products companies aren’t fond of the seals, lists, and guides but they participate in them nonetheless
By Michael McCoy
(pp. 10-15)
Science & Technology
Switchable liquid-solid solvent system is at the heart of a green enzymatic process for making specialty chemicals (pp. 34-35)
ACS News
New Orleans, April 7–11 (p.47)
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Government & Policy

Failed federal oversight, lack of safety standards led to five deaths, chemical safety board finds
(pp. 26-27)
Calls for multiyear R&D funding may gain a foothold this year
(pp. 28-29)
Hitting the debt ceiling, the looming sequestration, and a yet-to-be set 2013 budget are all examples of Congress kicking the can down the road


Far from being a collection of facts, science is driven by the ignorance of its practitioners
(pp. 38-39)

Science & Technology

Switchable liquid-solid solvent system is at the heart of a green enzymatic process for making specialty chemicals
(pp. 34-35)
Dedicated instrumentation will enhance study of nuclear fuels and waste, environmental contamination
(pp. 35-36)

Career & Employment

Industrial experience, leadership roles help some grads land that first position
(pp. 89-92)

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