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Biotech Startup Uses Savvy Software to Engineer Microbes For Specialty Chemicals

February 26, 2015 5:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A small startup biotech firm says it has a software platform that can come up with 100 times more chemicals from microbes than were previously thought.

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Group Backs Off Plan to Put Fracking Ban on Colorado Ballot

February 26, 2015 5:18 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to halt the practice.

How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 5:10 pm | by Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

If there’s one thing the Great Recession taught manufacturers, it’s that there are wasted dollars hiding everywhere — and some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost-conscious company is in your MRO inventory.

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How Shale Has Transformed One Tiny Town in Texas

February 26, 2015 5:03 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

We all know the current oil boom has produced winners and losers around the U.S. — and they're often packed into the same small towns.

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Ag Secretary: Smartphones Could Tell Buyers What's in Food

February 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.

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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look To Women To Address Skills Gap

February 26, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Attracting more women to the STEM fields could also help address the ongoing skills gap in manufacturing. Women represent more than 46 percent of the overall U.S. labor force, but they comprise just less than one quarter of workers in durable goods manufacturing, according to research by the Manufacturing Institute.

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Nebraska Judge Agrees to Halt Condemnations For Keystone XL

February 26, 2015 4:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nebraska judge has issued a temporary order to stop a Canadian company from seizing access to land in one eastern county to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

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When Consumers Trump Science: Food Dyes Become The Front Line For ‘All Natural’

February 26, 2015 4:16 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Consumers’ appetite for seeing “natural” on food labels is clearly here to stay — even if "natural" doesn't necessarily mean "safer."

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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid On Factory

February 26, 2015 3:51 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

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Canada Safety Board Says Latest Oil Train Derailment Shows New Safety Standards Are Inadequate

February 26, 2015 10:18 am | by WhochitGeneralNews | Videos | Comments

The Transportation Safety Board said Monday the Class 111 tank cars involved in the Feb. 14 CN train derailment met the upgraded standards for new tank cars carrying crude and other flammable liquids. But it says the cars still "performed similarly" to those involved in the derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people two years ago.

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Lawsuit Filed Against Purina Claims Food Sickens, Kills Dogs

February 26, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The suit alleges the food contains propylene glycol, which it says is an animal toxin used in automobile antifreeze, and mycotoxins, a group of toxins produced by fungus that occurs in grains.

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Governors Looking to Expand Renewable Energy, Natural Gas

February 26, 2015 9:58 am | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are joining forces to look for ways to increase the region's reliance on renewable energy sources while also expanding natural gas capacity.

How Many Beagles Does it Take to Prove BPA is Safe?

February 26, 2015 9:53 am | by Steven Hentges, PhD | Blogs | Comments

The Journal also criticized the absurdity of further government-funded study of BPA driven by “periodic scares over chemicals in vaccines, foods and other products”. In its opinion piece “Snoopy Is Safe After All,” the publication states that BPA “deserves exoneration."

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North Dakota Coal Production Increases 4 Percent in 2014

February 26, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota is known for its booming oil fields, but coal mining in the state also is a healthy industry.

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Preventing Explosions With Curtain Walls

February 25, 2015 4:28 pm | by Chuck Ashelin, Engineering Manager, Zoneworks (Rite-Hite) | Blogs | Comments

For many manufacturing facilities, controlling airborne particulate is not only essential for quality control, it can be a matter of safety.

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