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Yale Scientists Develop New, Cheaper Catalysts for Industrial Chemicals

May 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the latest edition of the journal ACS Catalysis, Yale chemists detailed the production of catalysts based on palladium.

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Feds Propose Multi-Pronged Plan to Bolster Decline in Bees

May 19, 2015 9:49 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency will step up studies into the safety of widely used neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been temporarily banned in Europe.

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Duke Plans to Build Natural Gas-Fired Plant in Asheville

May 19, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The project also includes installing solar generation at the site. It should be complete by the end of 2019.

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OSHA: Better Safety Measures Could Have Saved DuPont Workers Killed By Gas

May 18, 2015 4:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Had the company assessed the dangers involved, or trained their employees on what to do if the ventilation system stopped working, they might have had a chance," OSHA chief David Michaels said in a statement.

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Proposed Methane-Processing Plant Converts Cow Manure to Gas

May 18, 2015 4:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Lincoln Renewable Gas has proposed bringing a methane-processing plant to Salisbury that would supply 40 percent of Middlebury College's heating needs.

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Discovery Opens Door For Homemade Morphine, Painkillers

May 18, 2015 4:08 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | Comments

The scientists used genetically engineered yeast to convert sugar to a chemical that's a precursor to morphine.

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9 Oil Well Deaths Lead to Warning About Inhaling Chemicals

May 18, 2015 4:02 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.

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Scientists: Chemicals Used to Clean Oil Spills Poorly Understood

May 18, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The infamous Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 prompted the release of dispersants both at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and at unprecedented sea depths.

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Wyoming Refiners Not Seeing Much Benefit From Low Oil Prices

May 18, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Major firms like Exxon Mobile and BP have benefited from refining profits, but president of Wyoming Refinery Co. James Runyan says the company only broke even for the quarter.

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Chemical Leak in Northern China Kills 8, Injures 2

May 18, 2015 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The leak occurred Saturday morning at a plant belonging to the Ruixing chemical company.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Strike Deal on Flame Retardant Ban

May 18, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Minnesota is one step closer to enacting the nation's strictest ban on fire retardant chemicals.

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US Industrial Output Falls For 5th Month on Lower Drilling

May 15, 2015 10:52 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The cutbacks by energy companies likely contributed to a drop in the production of industrial machinery, which fell 0.9 percent, its second straight decline. 

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EPA: Waste Incinerator Released Dangerous Toxins Into Air

May 15, 2015 10:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The incinerator exposed those nearby to chemicals that can cause cancer, miscarriages and early death, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Procter & Gamble to Close Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant

May 15, 2015 10:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The announcement comes as the U.S. territory pushes to diversity its manufacturing sector amid an economic crisis that has seen several plants close in recent years.

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Philippine Factory Where 72 Died Suspected of Breaking Law

May 15, 2015 10:33 pm | by OLIVER TEVES, Associated Press writer | Comments

The fire was apparently ignited by sparks from welding work at the factory's main entrance door, triggering an explosion of the chemicals used to make slippers.

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