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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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More Job Losses For The Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 12:46 pm | by CBS Evening News | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. The longer oil prices remain at their current levels, the deeper the job cuts could go. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry.

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3-D Printer Dishes up Expertly Crafted Eats

December 18, 2014 10:35 am | by Reuters Plus | Comments

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the Foodini, a 3-D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa. Could this printer threaten demand for packaged foods such as cookies and other treats? Ben Gruber reports.

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Cheap, Clean Fusion One Step Closer to Reality

December 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Reuters Plus | Comments

Fusion power is the holy grail of any energy sources currently being developed. Researchers at the University of Washington are developing a new type of fusion reactor that could generate eco-friendly power for less money than fossil fuels. Will it be a reality in our lifetime?

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Step on Board The Largest Vessel in The World

December 17, 2014 9:08 am | by BBC | Comments

Owned by Royal Dutch Shell, the 1,601-foot long ship is named the Prelude, and was built in South Korea, to be sent down off the coast of Western Australia, where it will be working as a floating liquefied natural gas facility.  It has holding tanks big enough to store 175 Olympic-sized swimming pools of liquified natural gas.

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The Surprising Chemical History of Tinsel

December 16, 2014 10:01 am | by CEN Online | Comments

How is the shiny tinsel that decorates many Christmas trees made? Today it's mostly made of plastic. But did you know tinsel used to contain lead, aluminum or copper? Find out all about tinsel's chemistry history in this very special holiday episode of Speaking of Chemistry.

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