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Industry Insider: The Public Should be Warned About Living Near Chemical Plants

March 17, 2015 5:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

“Whenever there’s a high-magnitude incident, a lot of people ask, ‘Why didn’t we see this coming? Why was [the plant] built so close to houses?’” Scott Harris recently told Chem.Info. “It’s not a well understood community issue.”

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In Battle For Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 10:38 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Comments

Keurig, the single-serve coffee industry's leader, produced enough plastic coffee pods last year to circle the earth more than 10 times, according to one analyst's estimate, often cited by Keurig's critics

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Solar Eclipse Will Test Germany's Green Power Grid

March 13, 2015 2:38 pm | Comments

Will this week's partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany?

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Injectable Polymer May Save Lives After Trauma

March 13, 2015 9:44 am | by Univ. of Washington | Comments

Univ. of Washington researchers have developed a new injectable polymer that strengthens blood clots, called PolySTAT. Administered in a simple shot, the polymer finds any unseen or internal injuries and starts working immediately.

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Despite Recent Controversy, California Unlikely to Restrict Fracking

March 12, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The controversy comes amid ongoing tension between environmentalists and the administration of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown over fracking, which accounts for about one-fifth of California’s oil production. Protests — including a rally that drew thousands in Brown's hometown of Oakland last month--called for Brown to ban fracking outright.

New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater And Converts it Into Energy

March 10, 2015 3:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The wastewater, called brine, contains high levels of salt and toxic organic compounds that could impact local water supplies if not properly contained. 

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Farmers Find Unique Ways to Defraud Federal Insurance Plans

March 9, 2015 10:43 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | Comments

The latest case involves two brothers from North Dakota accused of using various techniques to destroy their potatoes, such as adding septic tank chemicals and bringing in what one witness called a "monster" portable heater to turn their warehouse into a spud sauna.

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Scientists Outline Research Wish List For Nuclear Energy

March 6, 2015 2:39 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

The findings outlined by the six groups are meant to guide decisions on what research to fund.

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Study of Tibetan Ice Shows Chemical Regulations Are Effective

March 5, 2015 4:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers called the results "encouraging" and noted the study showed international agreements and chemical bans can gradually "reduce the prevalence of toxic chemicals."

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Researchers Analyze Beer Lost at Sea for 170 Years

March 5, 2015 3:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.

Humans Adapted to Arsenic

March 4, 2015 10:47 am | by Molecular Biology and Evolution | Comments

High up in the high Andes mountains of Argentina, researchers have identified the first evidence of a population uniquely adapted to tolerate the toxic chemical arsenic.

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US Running Out of Room to Store Oil; Price Collapse Next?

March 3, 2015 4:25 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

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Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 3, 2015 9:36 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

According to local media, a “move is afoot” among some New York residents to secede from the state and join Pennsylvania, where the controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas has bolstered the local economy.

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Are Emulsifiers Making People Fatter?

March 2, 2015 4:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recently published study by university researchers links common food additives to gastrointestinal problems and obesity in mice.

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Researchers: Monitor Oat Facilities For Mold Toxin

March 2, 2015 11:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Food scientists reported that oat-based breakfast cereals were more likely than other cereals to contain elevated levels of ochratoxin A, a common mold-related toxin linked to kidney cancer in animal studies.

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