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DuPont Challenge Essay Assignment
Your essay needs to follow the format and content requirements found at the DuPont Challenge
Your topic must include a connection to chemistry.
Topics must be selected by Wednesday December 1.
First draft due at the beginning of class on Monday December 6.
Final draft due at the beginning of class on Monday December 13.
Extra credit is available for including a reference to some research related to your topic that is taking place on the UIUC campus.
Chemical & Engineering News: Latest News
Capturing The Glow Of Quantum Dots With A Smartphone
Bioimaging: The camera on a smartphone can pick up signals from quantum-dot tags used to detect biological molecules
Another Giant Virus Unearthed
Virology: Megavirus discovered in Siberian permafrost is biggest yet
X-Rays Probe Single Molecules
Molecular Structure: Method could yield precise information on reaction dynamics
President Sets R&D Priorities
Budget: Fiscal 2015 funding request focuses increases on manufacturing, energy, and education
Europe Probes Major Mergers
Regulation: Deals involving vinyl and pigments are being investigated for possibly impeding competition
House Republicans Unveil Draft Legislation To Reform Federal Law On Chemical Safety
The House of Representatives draft bill to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act receives mixed reviews.
Inspector General’s Report Labels Annie Dookhan 'Sole Bad Actor' In Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal
Probe finds major management problems and lack of forensic chemistry training
Fukushima Radiation May Have Little Long-Term Effect On Wildlife
Environment: Researchers estimate that radiation exposure from the 2011 nuclear disaster mostly remains below harmful levels for organisms
Madeleine Jacobs To Step Down As CEO
ACS News: After more than 24 years of service, Jacobs will retire at the end of 2014
Analytical Test Could Underestimate Radioactivity In Fracking Wastewater
Water Quality: Study shows that a test commonly used to analyze drinking water is inappropriate for monitoring radium in the wastewater from hydraulic fracturing
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Research on 3D scaffolds sets new bar in lung regeneration
For the estimated 12.7 million people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, the third leading cause of death in the US, innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration hold promise. In end-stage lung disease, transplantation...
New class of antibiotics discovered by chemists
A new class of antibiotics to fight bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other drug-resistant bacteria that threaten public health has been discovered by a team of chemists. The new class, called oxadiazoles, was discov...
Personalized treatment prolongs the life of lung cancer patients
Mexican scientists have increased survival rates for patients diagnosed with lunch cancer in metastatic stage (when the disease has spread to different parts of the body) from a rate of nine months of survival to 30 with personalized treatments. T...
Over demanding market affects fisheries more than climate change
Fisheries that rely on short life species, such as shrimp or sardine, have been more affected by climate change, because this phenomenon affects chlorophyll production, which is vital for phytoplankton, the main food for both species.
NASA's WISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no 'Planet X'
After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."
Anti-Psychotic Meds Offer Hope Against Brain Cancer
FDA-approved anti-psychotic drugs possess tumor-killing activity against the most aggressive form of primary brain cancer, glioblastoma, new research indicates. "The anti-glioblastoma effects of these drugs are completely unexpected and were only ...
Promising news for producing fuels through artificial photosynthesis
There's promising news from the front on efforts to produce fuels through artificial photosynthesis. A new study shows that nearly 90 percent of the electrons generated by a hybrid material designed to store solar energy in hydrogen are being stor...
New theory on cause of endometriosis
Changes to two previously unstudied genes are the centerpiece of a new theory regarding the cause and development of endometriosis, a chronic and painful disease affecting one in 10 women. The discovery suggests epigenetic modification, a process ...
Majority of Latinas are unaware of their risk of diabetes, study finds
The majority of Latinas are unaware of their risk of diabetes, a new study finds, which points to the urgent need for alternate sites of opportunity for diabetes screenings. There is also a need for effective and culturally sensitive follow-up car...
That sinking feeling: NASA radar demonstrates ability to foresee sinkholes
New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La., that year. The findings suggest such radar data, if collected rou...
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Mojave Crater may be source of many Martian meteorites
Many of the roughly 150 Martian meteorites found on Earth probably came from the Mojave Crater on Mars.
Giant zombie virus pulled from permafrost
After lying dormant in Siberian permafrost for 30,000 years, the largest virus ever discovered is just as deadly as it was when mammoths roamed the Earth.
Galaxy drags trail of stars behind it
A Hubble Space Telescope image shows the galaxy ESO 137-001 dragging star trails behind it as it plows through the Norma galaxy cluster.
Asteroid disintegrates while spinning too fast
Asteroid P/2013 R3 is shattering into a cloud of debris in these images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Australian flowers bloom red because of honeyeaters
Many flowering plants converged on similar a color to attract the common birds.
New dino species named Europe’s top predator
At up to 10 meters long and weighing in at four to five tons, this Tyrannosaurus rex-like beast could have been the biggest predator to ever roam Europe and among the largest dinosaurs to walk Earth during the late Jurassic period.
Comets collide around young star
Astronomers detect clouds of carbon monoxide around Beta Pictoris that could help lead to the discovery of new planets.
Music doesn’t move some people
One study offers a glimpse into those who find no enjoyment in tunes.
Domestic violence arrests may be counterproductive
Mandatory arrest laws may increase mortality rates, especially among employed black women.
Cosmic lens exposes spin of supermassive black hole
A chance alignment of a bright, distant galaxy behind a much closer one has given astronomers a rare opportunity to determine the spin of a supermassive black hole 6 billion light-years from Earth.
Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone & Lead Partner to Increase Pollution Dangers to Urban Children
Dec 3, 2009
Scientists from the University of California, Irvine have found that Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Ozone (O3) react with surfaces painted with lead based paint to increase the release of lead from said paint posing an even greater risk for children. ...
Initial Energy Audit for 70s House Eco Renovation
Oct 15, 2009
This energy audit was conducted on our house as part of our 70s house eco renovation project to help us prioritize weatherization and energy efficiency projects. This is one in a series of articles documenting the eco renovation of our house. By ...
70s House Eco Renovation: From Green to "Green"
May 2, 2009
As we do an eco renovation of our house, we will take it from the color green to being eco green. This series of articles will document our progress and share what we learn along the way. We will provide reviews of the eco products we use and prov...
Buying local clean power electricity (70s House Eco Renovation series)
May 2, 2009
One of the easiest ways for us to reduce our carbon footprint by around 1.5 tons per year was to start buying our electricity from a clean power provider. By Kenneth Barbalace
Painting Walls (70s House Eco Renovation series)
May 2, 2009
Bright walls require less light, Low VOC options, recycled painting supplies. By Kenneth Barbalace
Updating Lighting Fixtures (70s House Eco Renovation series)
May 2, 2009
Better ambiance while saving energy using efficient CFLs By Kenneth Barbalace
Installing a low flow showerhead (70s House Eco Renovation series)
May 2, 2009
An easy DIY project that will result in immediate savings. By Kenneth Barbalace
Replacing Carpets (70s House Eco Renovation series)
May 2, 2009
Soybean based padding, recycled PET carpets, low VOCs, reduced health concerns. By Kenneth Barbalace
Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children: Autism and ADHD
Apr 14, 2008
While the generally accepted causes of neurodevelopmental disorders like Autism and ADHD include genetic and environmental factors, a wide range of toxic chemicals in the environment have also been associated with these disorders.
Biofueling the future
Feb 11, 2008
Whatever their motivation - be it energy independence for the U.S. or an attempt at fighting climate change for Europe - world governments are now heavily subsidizing biofuels.
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