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A Look at Large Coal Ash Spills in The US

December 22, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration recently ended a six-year effort to set standards for waste generate from coal that began after a massive spill of ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Here is a look at three of the largest coal ash spills in the U.S.

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2015 Roundup—Industry Experts Look Ahead

December 22, 2014 4:33 pm | by Meagan Parrish, editor, Chem.info | Comments

What trends will impact manufacturers in 2015? We've put together a Q&A for some of the industy's top experts. Here's what Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies of MAPI Foundation—a research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation—had to say. 

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Realities Of Illinois Spawn Manufacturing Growth, Opportunities

December 19, 2014 3:38 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Daniel Goff, of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, understands some of his home state’s perception issues as he works to bring more manufacturing to the region. However, he also understands many of the benefits that numerous global companies have realized in opening new production, distribution and sales offices in the Land of Lincoln.

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The Next Great Breakthrough For Chemical Manufacturing?

December 18, 2014 11:06 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | Comments

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute have invented a powerful method for joining complex organic molecules that is extraordinarily robust and can be used to make pharmaceuticals, fabrics, dyes, plastics and other materials previously inaccessible to chemists.

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That Thermoplastic Was Made From What?

December 16, 2014 3:35 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

It may sound fishy, but researchers say they’ve discovered a way to make thermoplastics from squid. In a recent issue of Advanced Functional Materials, a team at Penn State reveal how they were able to synthesize a protein complex from squid to create a thermoplastic that could be used in a variety of ways—from product packaging to 3-D printing.

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Study: All-Electric Cars May Not be so Green

December 15, 2014 4:27 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars.

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Cancer Patients Testing Drugs on Mouse 'Avatars'

December 15, 2014 10:12 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same—with the hope of curing their own disease. They are paying a private lab to breed mice that carry bits of their own tumors so treatments can be tried first on the customized rodents. The idea is to see which drugs might work best on a specific person's specific cancer.

Despite Lower Prices, U.S. Crude Oil Production Expected to Grow

December 12, 2014 11:52 am | by Today in Energy | Comments

The recent decline in crude oil prices has created the potential for weaker crude oil production. EIA's Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) includes indicators that provide details on the effect low prices may have on tight oil production, which accounts for 56 percent of total U.S. oil production.

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Russian Scientist Predicts Spread of Nuclear Plants—How Many Will Dot The Globe?

December 11, 2014 10:28 am | by Press Trust of India | Comments

Despite the environmental risks, because nuclear power can improve a country's fuel balance, increase the share of high-tech products in GDP and exports, and be a potential solution to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, one Russian nuclear scientist predicts a swath of new plants. Just how many could we see in 15 years?

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Shale: A Game-Changer For U.S. Manufacturers

December 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

In a report released today, PwC US examines whether shale will continue to help drive a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. The answer? A resounding yes. The report, titled “Shale Gas: Still a Boon For U.S. Manufacturing?” studied key areas such as cost savings, and estimated that the “shale effect” could save U.S. manufacturing $22.3 billion annually by 2030, assuming a high natural gas recovery and low-price scenario.

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Without Another Polar Vortex, Gas Prices Will Stay Low

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | by John Funk, The Plain Dealer; Cleveland | Comments

The chances of natural gas price spikes this winter are low and getting lower by the day. A mostly mild December so far has helped pipeline companies increase the amount of gas in storage, making up for consumption in November when winter got an early start. Those storage levels mean there will be more than enough gas throughout the winter.

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Coffee Tastes Best in White Cups And 5 More Outrageous Java Discoveries

December 9, 2014 10:14 am | by Jeff Cattel, greatist.com | Comments

Scientists work tirelessly to uncover the mysteries of the natural world, from the reasons we binge eat to the best way to wash our hands to coffee. One recent study got us thinking: What other crazy things do we know about coffee thanks to science? Answer: a lot.

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Gold at The Crossroads: Is The Worst Over or is There More Pain Ahead?

December 9, 2014 10:02 am | by RICHARD BAKER, Elko Daily Free Press; Elko, N.V. | Comments

So far this year gold has held its value relative to silver, copper, oil and two major currencies; the euro and Japanese yen. A confirmed bottom in U.S. dollar price is the first step to better days.  It is hard to bet against King Dollar but gold presently has a stronger hand than these commodities. Why?

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Dangerous, Toxic Chemicals Lie Underground For Decades

December 9, 2014 9:53 am | by Wes Wolfe, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C. | Comments

Take one look at an old coal and gas energy site and the content filling Sunday’s “60 Minutes” episode on CBS doesn’t look shocking. It looks par for the course. Duke Energy, both in the episode segment on the Dan River coal ash spill and in media and politics since the spill, has the spotlight on it for problems with industrial waste pollution.

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Czech Nuclear Ammunition Museum to Turn Into Educational Center

December 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by Ceska Tiskova Kancelar, Prague | Comments

The Iron Curtain foundation plans to turn the Atom Museum near Borovno, the only nuclear ammunition dump open to the public in the world, into an educational center in the wild focused on families, foundation founder Vaclav Vitovec has told CTK. The foundation has been operating the museum, situated in the Brdy former military training grounds, since August 2013. It has loaned the ammunition dump for eight years.

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Tumbling Oil Prices: The Winners and Losers on The World Stage

December 8, 2014 10:43 am | by Rajesh Kumar, Mint, New Delhi (TNS) | Comments

Crude oil prices have fallen over 35 percent since the beginning of the year. However, the decline has been more dramatic since September as crude cracked by about 30 percent during this period. The reasons attributed to this crash in oil prices are, first, increased production in non-OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) countries, primarily the U.S., and second, the reluctance of OPEC to cut production.

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