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An Old Plant, Tainted Land, And Worried Homeowners

December 29, 2014 9:59 am | by MITCH WEISS and MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | Comments

Developer Richard Green had nearly everything in place to build upscale homes on the heavily polluted land next to an old electronic components plant in the mountains outside Asheville. But two years ago, the EPA named the 9 acres beneath and immediately around the former CTS Corp. factory among the nation's worst abandoned hazardous waste sites.

In 83 Speeches, Senator Pushes For Climate Change

December 29, 2014 9:49 am | by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press | Comments

Like he did 82 times before, Sheldon Whitehouse stood on the Senate floor and preached the dangers of climate change. In his last speech before Congress adjourned, the senator warned that 2014 is on track to be the hottest year on record.

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Industry Insider: The Top Trends For 2015

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

Know what the hottest trends will be in manufacturing for the coming year? Some of the industry's top minds pull out their crystal balls and predict the upcoming popular investments, emerging technologies and what the big news will be in 2015.

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Chem Manufacturing Looked up in 2014—How Long Will The Good Times Roll?

December 22, 2014 2:54 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

If 2014 could be summed up in one word for American chemical manufacturers, it would be—momentum. The impact of shale, growth in end-use markets, and economic recovery in countries around the globe will drive further growth in the coming years.

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A Look at Large Coal Ash Spills in The US

December 22, 2014 9:24 am | 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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US Coal Mines Nearing Record Low in Worker Deaths

December 22, 2014 9:13 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | Comments

Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths. Federal mine safety officials credit changes they've made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010.

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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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CO2 Emissions Reach All-Time High, But Growth is Slowing

December 17, 2014 4:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row. The top offenders remain China, the U.S. and the EU.

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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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