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GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop on Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Supporters said modified plants are safe and have the potential to feed a growing population; opponents questioned their potential impact on both the environment and on public health.

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 3:25 pm | by by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Analysts at New York-based Persistence Market Research predicted the market value of hydrogen would increase by more than 46 percent from $96.6 billion in 2014 to $141.4 billion in 2020. The overall market, meanwhile, is expected to rise from 255.3 billion cubic meters in 2014 to 324.8 billion cubic meters in 2020.

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Views Mixed on U.S. Oil Storage Crunch

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

For some, the news triggered speculation that declining storage space in the U.S. - at a time when the market already has too much oil - could further erode crude prices. Others believe the nation's oil capacity is already at or near its peak with millions of gallons of potential space to spare.

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How Drug Manufacturers Are Impacting The Death Penalty Debate

March 24, 2015 9:36 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

This latest drug shortage may not mean that manufacturers have the final say in the matter, but their actions are clearly helping to steer the conversation.

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Worker Safety Still Plagues US Oil Refineries

March 23, 2015 5:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Worker fatalities at U.S. oil refineries between 2005 and 2015 nearly matched the total from the previous decade despite safety recommendations made in the aftermath of a 2005 accident.

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You Can go Home: Returnees to ND Oil Boom Town Here to Stay

March 23, 2015 10:43 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | Comments

The discovery of crude oil here has been a powerful population magnet, not just bringing hordes of outsiders to the Bakken but luring back others who've discovered that, yes, they can go home again.

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Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

No matter the industry, learning and following safety techniques is crucial in protecting your business and your employees — and the manufacturing sector is definitely no exception.

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This Japanese Company Built A 'Disaster-Proof' Factory

March 18, 2015 3:51 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

The factory is equipped with a massive battery storage, a smart power supply system, an efficient gas engine disconnected from the grid, banks of solar panels, and rows of huge LED light fixtures suspended from the ceiling. The plant also stores its own natural gas, food and water.

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Industry Insider: The Public Should be Warned About Living Near Chemical Plants

March 17, 2015 5:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

“Whenever there’s a high-magnitude incident, a lot of people ask, ‘Why didn’t we see this coming? Why was [the plant] built so close to houses?’” Scott Harris recently told Chem.Info. “It’s not a well understood community issue.”

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In Battle For Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 10:38 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Keurig, the single-serve coffee industry's leader, produced enough plastic coffee pods last year to circle the earth more than 10 times, according to one analyst's estimate, often cited by Keurig's critics

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Solar Eclipse Will Test Germany's Green Power Grid

March 13, 2015 2:38 pm | Comments

Will this week's partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany?

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Injectable Polymer May Save Lives After Trauma

March 13, 2015 9:44 am | by Univ. of Washington | Comments

Univ. of Washington researchers have developed a new injectable polymer that strengthens blood clots, called PolySTAT. Administered in a simple shot, the polymer finds any unseen or internal injuries and starts working immediately.

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Despite Recent Controversy, California Unlikely to Restrict Fracking

March 12, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The controversy comes amid ongoing tension between environmentalists and the administration of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown over fracking, which accounts for about one-fifth of California’s oil production. Protests — including a rally that drew thousands in Brown's hometown of Oakland last month--called for Brown to ban fracking outright.

New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater And Converts it Into Energy

March 10, 2015 3:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The wastewater, called brine, contains high levels of salt and toxic organic compounds that could impact local water supplies if not properly contained. 

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Farmers Find Unique Ways to Defraud Federal Insurance Plans

March 9, 2015 10:43 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | Comments

The latest case involves two brothers from North Dakota accused of using various techniques to destroy their potatoes, such as adding septic tank chemicals and bringing in what one witness called a "monster" portable heater to turn their warehouse into a spud sauna.

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Scientists Outline Research Wish List For Nuclear Energy

March 6, 2015 2:39 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

The findings outlined by the six groups are meant to guide decisions on what research to fund.

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