March 28, 2016 Issue | Chemical & Engineering News
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March 28, 2016 Issue

Volume 94, Issue 13
March 28, 2016 Issue, Vol. 94 | Iss. 13
Scientists are testing whether drugs that alter consciousness can treat intractable mental health conditions
By Jyllian Kemsley
(pp. 28-32)
Despite an economic slowdown in China, expectations are high for 2016 (pp. 18-19)
Teachers say yes, but most of the problems aren’t new (pp. 24-25)
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Despite an economic slowdown in China, expectations are high for 2016
(pp. 18-19)
New instruments under development could become the marijuana equivalent of the breathalyzer
(pp. 20-21)
With production of farnesene scaled up, profitability is the firm’s next hurdle
(pp. 26-27)

Career & Employment

Flexible scheduling is key to maintaining a sense of balance for many chemists and chemical engineers
(pp. 22-23)

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