American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- July 11, 2007

ecreted from the preen gland (located at the base of the tail feathers), which birds use to waterproof feathers and ward off parasites. However, data validating preen oils usefulness had been available for only a single species of bird. In the new study, scientists report extending that knowledge to 13 species. This could dramatically increase the availability of seabird samples, the study states. The combination of this technology in ecological research with POP analysis of preen oil will increase our knowledge of the global distribution and transport of POPs, their ecological impact, and the ecology and behaviors of seabirds.

Evaluation of Noninvasive Approach for Monitoring PCB Pollution of Seabirds Using Preen Gland Oil

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Tin whiskers grow into a multi-billion-dollar threat to electronics products
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Wisps of tin too small to see with the unaided eye are causing mammoth, multi-billion-dollar problems for the global electronics industry and sometimes jeopardizing human lives, according to an article (http://pubs.acs.org/cen/government/85/8527gov1.html) scheduled for the July 16 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS we

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