March 21, 2005 Issue | Chemical & Engineering News
 
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March 21, 2005 Issue

Volume 83, Issue 12
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March 21, 2005 Issue, Vol. 83 | Iss. 12
Instead of battling for survival in the trough, the petrochemical industry is enjoying the climb to the business-cycle peak
By ALEXANDER H. TULLO, C&EN NORTHEAST NEWS BUREAU
(pp. 25-28)
Features
ACS News
More than 9,000 scientific papers presented at ACS spring national meeting 
Science & Technology
Genomic data boost metabolic engineering; organisms are tailored to produce chemicals (pp. 41-44)
Back Issues
 

Cover Story: PETROCHEMICALS

GEARING UP FOR MORE
Middle Eastern producers seek their place on world supply, marketing, and R&D stages
(pp. 30-31)
 

News of the Week

Record Set In San Diego

More than 9,000 scientific papers presented at ACS spring national meeting
(p.9)

Acid Chlorides On Silicon Surfaces

Method allows silicon to be patterned with functional groups
(p.10)

Clayton Callis Is Dead At 81

Past ACS president and board member gave years of service to the society
(p.10)

Mercury Aired

Lawsuits are expected against EPA rule to control emissions at power plants
(p.11)

Bush Presents National Medals

Science and technology leaders honored at White House ceremony
(p.12)

Life And Depth

ACS Meeting News: Study hints at how deep-sea bacterium copes with high pressure in the ocean
(p.12)

Simpler Than DNA

Bare-bones nucleic acid structure may provide insight into prebiotic past
(p.13)

HHMI Selects New Investigators

Many chemists are in new crop of researchers to receive funding
(p.14)
 

Departments

Business

The annual earnings picture is brighter for European drugmakers than for U.S. firms
(pp. 18-19)
Companies average double-digit sales and earnings growth despite losses at many firms
(pp. 20-21)
Sales, earnings rebound following rough 2003, but currencies and prices play limiting role
(pp. 22-23)
Middle Eastern producers seek their place on world supply, marketing, and R&D stages
(pp. 30-31)
Instead of battling for survival in the trough, the petrochemical industry is enjoying the climb to the business-cycle peak
(pp. 25-28)
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Government & Policy

Counterterrorism clashes with rail commerce in Washington, D.C., hazardous materials law
(pp. 35-37)
DHS's budget increases, but Senate committee nitpicks proposed program changes
(pp. 38-39)

Books

(pp. 52-53)

Science & Technology

CO2 emissions are causing oceans to warm, ocean chemistry to change, and rainfall patterns to shift
(pp. 47-49)
NEW AND NOTABLE IN THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
Genomic data boost metabolic engineering; organisms are tailored to produce chemicals
(pp. 41-44)
Profiling technique enables complete assessment of real effects of an important class of drugs
(pp. 45-46)
'Triple-bond' compounds have highest bond order for multiply bonded main-group elements
(pp. 49-50)

Editor's Page

Letters

Letters(p.4)