Restoring Art Done Right

In Restoring Art Done Right, episode 6 of “Speaking of Chemistry”, Sophia Cai shows you how chemists and conservators teamed up to remove graffiti from priceless art– Mark Rothko’s “Black on Maroon”.

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Dow Scientists Help Restore Painting
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 22 | pp. 14-15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 2, 2014

Dow Coating Material press release: Modern Science Meets Modern Art: Dow Research Helps Tate Restore Rothko Masterpiece about Rothko restoration

Dow Chemical Company video: The Art of Collaboration: Modern Science Meets Modern Art

Tate Modern video: Restoring Rothko

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Sunscreen SPF Explained

If this episode of “Speaking of Chemistry” left you wanting more, read the sources below. Speaking of Chemistry is a production of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society.

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FDA’s 2011 proposed rule on SPF 50+

Full text of senators’ 2012 letter to FDA Commissioner on sunscreens

Sun Protection Factor: Meaning and Controversies
An. Bras. Dermatol. 2011, DOI: 10.1590/S0365-05962011000300013

Saving Your Students’ Skin. Undergraduate Experiments that Probe UV Protection by Sunscreens and Sunglasses
J. Chem. Ed. 1998, DOI: 10.1021/ed075p757

Lawmakers Want FDA To Act On Sunscreens
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 22 | p. 19 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 2, 2014

Sunscreen Delays: It’s been over 10 years since a new sunscreen active ingredient has been approved by FDA.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 19 | p. 27
Issue Date: May 12, 2014

NEW-WAVE SUNSCREENS: Consumers are still waiting for a reliable measuring system for how well a sunscreen blocks UV-A rays.
C&EN Volume 83 Issue 15 | pp. 18-22
Issue Date: April 11, 2005

What’s That Stuff? Sunscreens
C&EN Volume 80 Issue 25 | p. 27
Issue Date: June 24, 2002

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Palcohol, Fracking, Open Plan Labs

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0:49
A biotech firm patented the wrong structure for a drug candidate that’s made it all the way to clinical trials. What happened, and what now?
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 21 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: May 26, 2014 | Web Date: May 22, 2014

C&EN Volume 92 Issue 23 | p. 32
Issue Date: June 9, 2014 | Web Date: June 6, 2014

3:00
It’s open season on open-plan laboratories. Do they increase collaboration or just increase distractions?
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 20 | pp. 20-23
Issue Date: May 19, 2014

4:54
Tracking for fracking:  tracers in development could track possible contaminants from hydraulic fracturing in the environment.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 19 | pp. 31-33
Issue Date: May 12, 2014

7:43
Civil War-era composer George Root composed “Song of the Chemist“.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 18 | p. 40 | Newscripts
Issue Date: May 5, 2014

8:40
What’s That Stuff? You can make powdered alcohol, also known as palcohol, in your kitchen (but please, enjoy responsibly).
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 21 | p. 72 | Newscripts
Issue Date: May 26, 2014

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Maple Water, Chemistry Kit Contest Winners

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0:29
Maple water is poised to join coconut water as the trendy health beverage du jour. Is it any healthier for people than plain old water?
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 15 | pp. 10-13
Issue Date: April 14, 2014

2:24
Classic chemistry kits reimagined, thanks to a contest.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 15 | pp. 29-30
Issue Date: April 14, 2014 | Web Date: April 9, 2014

4:02
What’s That Stuff? How blue morpho butterflies and peacock feathers get their colors through colloid chemistry.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 17 | pp. 28-29
Issue Date: April 28, 2014

5:01
What’s That Stuff? Find out why Ford and GM are assembling cars with glue rather than with rivets.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 16 | pp. 18-19
Issue Date: April 21, 2014

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Spider Silk, e-Cigarettes, Alchemy Music

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1:17
Synthetic spider silk is stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar, and it’s on the verge of arriving in commercial applications.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 9 | pp. 24-27
Issue Date: March 3, 2014

4:10
E-Cigarette use is on the rise- what’s known about their health risks compared to other tobacco products?
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 10 | pp. 32-33
Issue Date: March 10, 2014

6:30
Milk proteins protect fabric samples in flammability tests. How much potential do they hold as ecofriendly flame retardants?
C&EN Latest News
Web Date: March 11, 2014

7:56
An alchemist used a musical score to hide a secret recipe.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 12 | p. 40 | Newscripts
Issue Date: March 24, 2014

10:15
What’s That Stuff? Seeds from the spongelike loofah in your bathroom may contain diabetes-combating compounds.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 13 | p. 29
Issue Date: March 31, 2014

11:10
What’s That Stuff? Find out about the latest covering to grace Goodyear’s iconic blimp.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 12 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 24, 2014

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WV Water Crisis, Natural Food Flavors

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0:30
The 2014 West Virginia chemical spill: more on the chemistry of the coal-washing compound MCHM, plus an interactive timeline of the crisis.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 7 | pp. 10-15
Issue Date: February 17, 2014

More accounts from chemists affected by the spill: “I used two huge crab pots to keep hot water on the stove.”

2:55
The mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons at sea is moving slowly.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 6 | pp. 24-25
Issue Date: February 10, 2014

C&EN Volume 92 Issue 7 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: February 17, 2014 | Web Date: February 13, 2014

4:05
Naturally-derived food flavors, colors, and preservatives: what else is in the works?
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 6 | p. 10
Issue Date: February 10, 2014

7:06

What’s that angry swarm? They’re micromotors, cruising inside living cells.
C&EN Volume 92 Issue 7 | p. 32 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 17, 2014

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