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Drilling Boom Increases Harmful Waste Spills

September 8, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Salt water waste or brine spills, a by-product of oil and gas exploration, are a largely unreported environmental problem according to an Associated Press investigation of state records. 


‘Yellow Chemistry’ Turns Sulfur Waste into Plastics

September 2, 2015 10:58 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

While many scientists are hard at work on "green chemistry" projects that will benefit the environment, there are a handful of researchers at the University of Arizona who are starting a trend of their own — "yellow chemistry." That's because their main ingredient is sulfur, a yellow waste product from petroleum refining and natural gas production.


How do Optical Illusions Work?

August 20, 2015 2:49 pm | by Inside Science | Comments

This collaboration between the American Chemical Society and Inside Science TV, explains how optical illusions work, so you can understand the science behind the trickery.


In The Mix: Can You Make Heroin at Home?

August 19, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Kari Imberg, Jesse Osborne, Editors | Comments

In this episode we’re tackling these questions: Could one word could hogtie the pork industry? Can you make heroin at home? And, where’s the beef?


U.K. Plans Roads That Charge Electric Cars as They Drive

August 19, 2015 9:59 am | by Bloomberg Business | Comments

Today’s "BWest Byte" is $779 million, for the amount of money the British government is committing over the next five years to construct roads that will wirelessly charge electric cars as they drive.


Does Febreze Really Work?

August 17, 2015 4:25 pm | by Reactions | Comments

Almost all of us have used some type of odor eliminator like Febreze to un-stink a room. These sprays can work wonders, but how do they actually work? Do they really remove the smell or just mask it?


Must-Know Facts About The EPA’s Toxic Water Spill

August 14, 2015 9:45 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

The EPA was in the news this week for all the wrong reasons after it accidentally unleashed millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a Colorado river. What does this mean for the environment and for the EPA? We’re diving into the sludge to find out on today’s In The Mix.


Why Does Coffee Make You Poop?

August 13, 2015 9:55 am | by Reactions | Comments

Some of you folks out there know first hand that a cup of coffee almost immediately means a trip to the bathroom. But what's inside a cup of coffee that makes you have to go #2?


What The Sugar Industry Doesn't Want You to Know

August 12, 2015 9:28 am | by CNN Money | Comments

How much sugar should you eat? The FDA wants to tell you, but the sugar industry has spent $168 million fighting measures like this since 2009.


Oil Futures Signal Weak Prices Could Last Years

August 11, 2015 9:59 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Congress may lift a ban on oil exports in September which could impact the economy and global oil market as oil futures continue to look bleak.


Can Radiation Give You Superpowers?

August 11, 2015 9:48 am | by Reactions | Comments

The Thing, Human Torch, Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic are back this summer! In the new reboot, the team gets its powers while in an alternate dimension. But this is the original way the Fantastic Four got their power: radiation.


The Truth Behind The Label: “Probably Causes Cancer”

August 10, 2015 10:09 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

What does it really mean when the International Agency for Research on Cancer calls something a “possible” or “probable” carcinogen? We’re reading between the headlines on today’s In The Mix.


Will 2016 be The End of Strawberries?

August 5, 2015 2:47 pm | by CEN Online | Comments

Strawberries are sweet, juicy, and delightful. Unfortunately, they’re also attractive bait for a litany of pests and diseases. In 2016, an expiring federal pesticide exemption could mean the end of strawberries as we know them.


In The Mix: Fat, The Sixth Sense; The Hype Behind Printable Pills

August 5, 2015 10:13 am | by Meagan Parrish, Kari Imberg, Jesse Osborne, Editors | Comments

Kraft Foods’ packaging recall, a newly-discovered taste bud and all the hype surrounding printed pills.  


Plant Profile: Inside a Bio-Based Chemical Success Story

August 4, 2015 2:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

What has made Elevance Renewable Sciences — a bio-based chemical company in Illinois — thrive in an oil-abundant market? We traveled to its headquarters to find out.



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