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Ban on Toxic Paint Sparks Search For Perfect Ocean Vessel Coating

February 2, 2015 10:39 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Since TBT was banned in 2008, some companies have been on the hunt for a coating that will prevent bacterial buildup on the ship, improve performance and be safe for the environment. One Dutch paint and chemicals firm, AkzoNobel, thinks they may be close to producing that perfect coating.

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North Dakota's Oil Boom Braces For a Winter Cooldown

January 28, 2015 2:52 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

People in Williston, North Dakota aren't just hunkered down because of the winter weather — they're feeling the slow down low oil prices have created for local businesses. As the city at the heart of North Dakota's oil boom, Williston's been hit by an economic downturn that defies basic economics.

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

January 22, 2015 4:41 pm | 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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Surfactants Not as Harmful For The Environment as Many Thought

January 14, 2015 10:09 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

You don’t have to search far to find someone claiming that surfactants — chemicals used in soaps, shampoos and detergents to help wash dirt away — are dangerous toxins that are harmful for the environment. But after conducting what this researcher says was the biggest study on the environmental impacts of surfactants, the evidence shows otherwise.

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Huge Waves Crash Against Swaying North Sea Oil Rig

January 13, 2015 9:42 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

Surf's up on the North Sea, and as this video shows, the waves can be big enough to rough up even a large offshore drilling rig. Filmed by an offshore worker on the nearby platform, (around 145 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland), this footage captures the stomach-churning awe of large waves crashing into a rig owned by Dolphin Drilling.

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The Next Housing Solution: 3-D Print Your Home

January 12, 2015 9:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

One day, could gathering supplies to build a home be as simple as hitting "Print" on your computer? Alastair Parvin and his colleagues at WikiHouse Foundation hope so. They say building homes from 3-D printed contruction materials isn't just innovative for its technology — it could be a cutting-edge solution for a coming "global housing crisis."

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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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