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October 23, 2017 Issue

Volume 95, Issue 42
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October 23, 2017 Issue, Vol. 95 | Iss. 42
The seeds of ACS outreach, planted in 1987, are taking root around the world
By Linda Wang
(pp. 26-30)
Features
Science & Technology
Using genetic and other techniques, the researchers are gaining a better handle on the compounds’ origins and risks (pp. 13-15)
Business
Local technology developers focus on ethanol production, reducing coal’s carbon footprint (pp. 16-17)
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News of the Week

Single-molecule experiment reveals polymer growth spurts

Researchers get the first detailed look at how catalysts crank out individual polymer chains
(p.4)

Un experimento muestra que el crecimiento de una cadena de polímero va a estirones

Científicos observan por primera vez cómo los catalizadores producen cadenas poliméricas en serie
(p.4)

At last, cancer-fighting inhibitors hit deubiquitinase target selectively

Two research groups find small molecules that block the enzyme USP7 and show promise in mice with tumors
(p.5)

Machine learning streamlines electronic structure calculations for molecules

Approach bypasses the most resource-intensive density functional theory equations
(p.5)

2-D materials make photodetectors ultra-efficient

Stacking ultrathin transition metal dichalcogenides improves devices’ ability to convert light into electrical signals
(p.6)

Evolving enzymes for nonnatural amino acids

Continuous evolution improves synthetase’s efficiency, selectivity
(p.6)

Big pharma joins NIH’s Cancer Moonshot for a biomarker hunt

National Institutes of Health announces a five-year, $215 million biomarker partnership with 11 companies
(p.8)

Roche, Warp Drive form antibiotics pact

Big pharma firm will pay up to $87 million for access to novel natural product classes
(p.8)

BASF to buy slice of Bayer’s agrochemical business for $7 billion

Deal provides BASF entry into the seed market
(p.9)

Ex-Chemours employee charged with stealing cyanide secrets

Grand jury charges former employee with planning to sell trade secrets to Chinese investors
(p.9)

California enacts cleaning product law

Manufacturers will have to divulge ingredients
(p.11)

EPA restricts dicamba herbicide

Manufacturers agree to change labels to limit spray drift
(p.11)

Immigration ban hurts science, advocacy groups say

AAAS, ACS, and other science supporters push back on Trump immigration policy
(p.11)
 

Departments

ACS News

Society honors members for their countless hours of service
(pp. 32-34)
The seeds of ACS outreach, planted in 1987, are taking root around the world
(pp. 26-30)
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Government & Policy

Policies at the U.S. Department of Justice and National Institute of Standards & Technology are changing
(pp. 18-19)

Education

Computational and bioanalytical chemistry programs may be firsts for U.S. undergrads
(pp. 20-21)
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Science & Technology

Using genetic and other techniques, the researchers are gaining a better handle on the compounds’ origins and risks
(pp. 13-15)
Team finds that conotoxins known to disrupt the central nervous system can also bind to immune receptors
(p.7)
Applying an electric field to framework material enhances its ability to sort propene from propane
(p.7)
Black carbon deposits on bird feathers in museum collections help researchers track 135 years of atmospheric pollution
(p.7)
High-performance lubricants have been—and will always be—key to advancing space exploration.
(pp. 22-24)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist studies the chemical signatures of ancient microbial life in rocks
(pp. 24-25)

Newscripts

Letters

(pp. 2-3)