A weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society,
Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), has reported the stories that had
the greatest impact on the fields of science, policy and industrial landscape.
This news, according to the magazine has such potential to influence the course
of chemistry in the coming years.
One of the groundbreaking news stated by the magazine is the
expansion of the genetic code. Also, something that is considered very
significant is the development of inexpensive solar cells, given the current
situation of fast depleting non-renewable resources of energy. The latest
dreaded Ebola epidemic kept the chemists busy with the development of new
treatments for tackling Ebola.
Science activists, on account of regulation, pressured the
authorities that the products made with genetically modified organisms must be
labelled. Insecticides known as neonicotinoids were found to affect the health
of bees and many lawmakers urged the authorities to restrict the use of these
insecticides. Also, a chemical leak in the American state of West Virginia
fueled concerns among environmentalists over the lack of industrial toxicity
data and oversight of the many substances used in the industry.
The challenges facing industrial giants, in the business
front, including skyrocketing construction costs for the makers of chemicals
was discussed. Also, the increasing calls from shareholders to boost profits
through major reorganizations was also considered.