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Senate Republicans Changing Their Stance on Global Warming? Not Quite.

January 22, 2015 | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

In a move that shocked many Democrats and environmentalists, the Senate overwhelmingly voted 98-1 on Wednesday to approve an amendment stating that climate change is “real and not a hoax.” Even one of the most notorious global warming deniers, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, signed on to the amendment, which was offered during a debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

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Five Stunning Stats About Exxon

January 15, 2015 4:54 pm | by CNNMoney | Comments

How many Olympic-sized swimming pools does ExxonMobil produce enough oil to fill each day? If ExxonMobile was a country, how big would its economy be? Check out these five incredible facts about the multinational oil and gas corporation.

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OPEC: Shale Producers Need to "Learn a Lesson"

January 15, 2015 10:41 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

There's been a lot of noise about OPEC's role in the current decline of oil prices — but UAE Energy Minister, Suhail al-Mazrouei says shale producers should be "rational" about their output and that the market may not be suitable for them. 

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BMW Goes Solar at CES

January 9, 2015 10:09 am | by Reuters Plus | Comments

Carmaker BMW showed off its vision for charging electric cars at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The concept, which the company hopes to have on the market in the near future, is a solar powered carport system capable of generating and storing energy that can power the carmaker's electric vehicles.

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Scientists Make a Sweet Discovery in Efforts to Produce All-Natural Vanilla

January 8, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

Not-so-fun fact: 99 percent of vanilian, a compound used to create vanilla's distinct flavor, is synthetic. The process to produce it relies on using fossil fuels or burning wood with acid — which scientists say is both inefficient and polluting.

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Postcards From Pripyat, Chernobyl

January 7, 2015 10:02 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

One of the greatest applications for drones is how they can take our eyes to places they haven't been in a while — including Pripyat, Ukraine, home of Chernobyl. Though it's been almost 30 years since the disaster, images from Pripyat continue to captivate.

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The Magnetic Wand That Cleans up Oil Spills

January 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

You don't have to think hard to imagine why cleaning up an oil spill would be daunting — millions of gallons of oil floating in miles of ocean waters, dispersed by waves, weather and wildlife. The good news is that oil gathers in plumes, and one scientist is working on a way to remove those plumes from the water more efficiently. His secret? Magnets.

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How Long Before Oil Prices Recover?

January 5, 2015 10:45 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

If you work in manufacturing, the free fall of gasoline prices has, in many ways, been a blessing: Feedstock and transportation costs are down, and consumer confidence is swinging way up. But of course, not everyone has been rejoicing. No matter where you fall in this mix of hope and dread, the main question is: How long will it last?

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Collateral Damage: US Renewables, Shale Fall Victim to Oil Prices

December 30, 2014 10:31 am | by Russia Today | Comments

Conventional oil producers are not the only ones affected by falling oil prices. The energy crisis has also hit shale production and green energy in the U.S., Marin Katusa, chief energy investment strategist from Casey Research told RT.

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Popping The Cork on Champagne Chemistry

December 29, 2014 4:39 pm | by Reactions | Comments

More bottles of Champagne are popped during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. But what sends that cork flying? Find out what chemically separates a Champagne from just another white wine and gives it those trademark bubbles. Happy New Year!

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Mining The Largest Shale Gas Reserve in The Northern Hemisphere

December 29, 2014 11:35 am | by VICE News | Comments

A grassroots resistance movement has emerged to fight the introduction of fracking in the UK, and it appears to be gaining momentum throughout the country. Critics of the process argue that it contaminates groundwater and damages the environment and public health.

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New Lab Flask Turns CO2 Into Medicine

December 29, 2014 9:39 am | by Reuters Plus | Comments

The traditional round-bottom glass used by chemists for generations could be under threat after Danish scientists invent a new two-chamber flask that can change CO2 into medicine, while protecting against contact with dangerous chemicals. Jim Drury went to see how it worked.

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The Winners And Losers of Plummeting Oil Prices

December 26, 2014 9:59 am | by CBS Evening News | Comments

For some, cheaper oil prices made long holiday trips possible. But for others whose bottom line is conneced to the oil industry, the decline is starting to take a toll. For people who's job depend on oil production, the talk is of layoffs and tough times ahead.

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Saudi Arabia Will Not Cut Oil Production

December 23, 2014 1:54 pm | by CNNMoney | Comments

Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister, Ali al-Naimi, tells John Defterios in an exclusive interview that his country is not conspiring to target U.S. and Russian oil producers by not cutting production. "I was the first minister to welcome the production of Shell Oil," he says.

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Peek Inside Five Pawns' Liquid Vapor Manufacturing Facility

December 23, 2014 1:31 pm | by FivePawns | Comments

After years in the making, Five Pawns pulls back the curtain and reveals their state-of-the-art production facility. Check out the step-by-step process that produces a Five Pawns bottle and how they use cutting-edge technology in their manufacturing line. 

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Existing Chemical Compound Could Revive Failing Antibiotics

December 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by Reuters Plus | Comments

A team of Danish scientists have isolated two chemical compounds within an existing antipsychotic medication that could be used to help failing antibiotics work against killer bacterial infections, such as tuberculosis. Jim Drury went to meet them.

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