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September 1999

David Bradley Science Writer and
Advanced Chemistry Development are proud to announce the release of Reactive Reports, a new web-based Chemistry Magazine. Reactive Reports will provide the chemistry community with cutting edge reports of exciting developments in the world of the chemical sciences and related fields.

The first issue features research into longer-lasting batteries, new materials made from self-assembling molecular tubes, the total synthesis of an anticancer drug from a marine source and much more.

David Bradley is an award-winning science journalist based in Cambridge, England. He is a chemist by training and was, for several years, deputy editor for the RSC's primary research journal Chemical Communications. He writes a weekly column for ChemWeb's The Alchemist and has contributed to a wide variety of other publications including Science, New Scientist, Chemistry in Britain and Chemistry & Industry. He can be reached through his Elemental Discoveries web site at www.sciencebase.com and when not preparing science words and pictures he spends time playing cars, trains, bricks and swings with his children.

Advanced Chemistry Development (www.acdlabs.com) is the leader in integrated solutions for structure and spectrsocopy management software and specializes in PC and Web-based software for structure drawing, 1D and 2D NMR processing and prediction, databases of H-1, C-13, F-19 and P-31 chemical shifts, processing for UV-Vis, IR, MS and LC-MS data, chromatography, spectroscopic and chromatography database management for NMR, IR, MS and UV-vis; chemical property prediction including Boiling Point, pKa, logP, logD, and solubility; and IUPAC and CAS Index systematic chemical naming, web-based LIMS, and integration with MDL- ISIS software.

Reactive Reports from David Bradley Science Writer and Advanced Chemistry Development

Blistering barnacles - the total synthesis of anticancer agent bryostatin 2 first extracted from marine barnacles. Harvard University chemists have devised the first synthetic route to the potential anticancer drug bryostatin 2, which could also make it easier to produce the archetypal member of the group, bryostatin 1.

Long live the battery - Israeli scientists bump up the life of batteries. Chemist Stuart Licht and colleagues at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel have devised a new type of battery that lasts 50% longer than everyday typical batteries based on "super iron".

Isoflavones - plant compounds that could benefit the uterus. Whether or not compounds found in soy and clover could reduce the risk of endometrial cancer is the subject of a clinical trial recently launched by the Center for Women's Health at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Balls and tubes - self assembly builds nanocomponents. A way to make nanoscale balls and tubes using the same building blocks has been designed by Jerry Atwood and his team at the University of Missouri in Columbia. The technique could speed up the development of new materials, biomimetic molecular devices, and molecular electronics.

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