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Toward one drug to treat all coronaviruses

Safe and effective vaccines offer hope for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the possible emergence of vaccine-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants, as well as novel coronaviruses, make finding treatments that work against all coronaviruses as important as ever. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research have analyzed viral proteins across 27 coronavirus species and thousands […]

Posted inEnviro

Regional variations in freshwater overconsumption

Sept. 2, 2020 – Freshwater –– which falls to the earth as precipitation or exists beneath the surface as groundwater –– is desperately needed to sustain people, plants and animals. With an ever-increasing human population, water shortages are already occurring in many areas are only expected to get worse. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science […]

Posted inUS

COVID-19: A wake-up call to rebalance the drug supply chain?

Over 80% of chemicals used to make pharmaceuticals sold in Europe originate from China or India, according to the European Fine Chemicals Group. When COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan and spread across the globe, experts worried about disruption of the drug supply chain. Now, nations are rethinking their dependence on other countries for pharmaceutical ingredients and […]

Posted inEnviro

PFASs from ski wax bioaccumulate at Nordic resort

March 17, 2020 – A recent study suggests that ski wax applied during winter months could have consequences that stretch to summer and beyond. Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology have found that certain perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) found in ski wax bioaccumulate and biomagnify in the food chain at a Nordic skiing area. PFASs are […]

Posted inLife

How to make magnetic slime (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2019 — This week on Reactions, we explore the chemistry of slime. Check it out to learn how you, too, can use easy-to-get items to make magnetic and colored slime: Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios. Subscribe to Reactions at and follow […]

Posted inLife

How much does a cloud weigh? (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 69, 2019 — Imagine 300 midsize cars floating above your head –– that’s how much your average fluffy cloud weighs. So why doesn’t it come crashing down on you? This week on Reactions, we explore the chemistry behind how a cloud stays aloft in the sky, and how it got there in the […]

Posted inLife

Why does the moon smell like gunpowder? (video)

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2019 — After walking on the moon, astronauts hopped back into their lunar lander, bringing the heavenly body’s dust along with them on their spacesuits. They were surprised, and perplexed, to find that it smelled like spent gunpowder. This week on Reactions, learn why moon dust might smell like the aftermath of […]