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CO2 Emissions Reach All-Time High, But Growth is Slowing

December 17, 2014 | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row. The top offenders remain China, the U.S. and the EU.

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The Next Great Breakthrough For Chemical Manufacturing?

December 18, 2014 11:06 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | Comments

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute have invented a powerful method for joining complex organic molecules that is extraordinarily robust and can be used to make pharmaceuticals, fabrics, dyes, plastics and other materials previously inaccessible to chemists.

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That Thermoplastic Was Made From What?

December 16, 2014 3:35 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Comments

It may sound fishy, but researchers say they’ve discovered a way to make thermoplastics from squid. In a recent issue of Advanced Functional Materials, a team at Penn State reveal how they were able to synthesize a protein complex from squid to create a thermoplastic that could be used in a variety of ways—from product packaging to 3-D printing.

Russian Scientist Predicts Spread of Nuclear Plants—How Many Will Dot The Globe?

December 11, 2014 10:28 am | by Press Trust of India | Comments

Despite the environmental risks, because nuclear power can improve a country's fuel balance, increase the share of high-tech products in GDP and exports, and be a potential solution to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, one Russian nuclear scientist predicts a swath of new plants. Just how many could we see in 15 years?

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Shale: A Game-Changer For U.S. Manufacturers

December 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

In a report released today, PwC US examines whether shale will continue to help drive a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. The answer? A resounding yes. The report, titled “Shale Gas: Still a Boon For U.S. Manufacturing?” studied key areas such as cost savings, and estimated that the “shale effect” could save U.S. manufacturing $22.3 billion annually by 2030, assuming a high natural gas recovery and low-price scenario.

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Without Another Polar Vortex, Gas Prices Will Stay Low

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | by John Funk, The Plain Dealer; Cleveland | Comments

The chances of natural gas price spikes this winter are low and getting lower by the day. A mostly mild December so far has helped pipeline companies increase the amount of gas in storage, making up for consumption in November when winter got an early start. Those storage levels mean there will be more than enough gas throughout the winter.

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Coffee Tastes Best in White Cups And 5 More Outrageous Java Discoveries

December 9, 2014 10:14 am | by Jeff Cattel, greatist.com | Comments

Scientists work tirelessly to uncover the mysteries of the natural world, from the reasons we binge eat to the best way to wash our hands to coffee. One recent study got us thinking: What other crazy things do we know about coffee thanks to science? Answer: a lot.

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Gold at The Crossroads: Is The Worst Over or is There More Pain Ahead?

December 9, 2014 10:02 am | by RICHARD BAKER, Elko Daily Free Press; Elko, N.V. | Comments

So far this year gold has held its value relative to silver, copper, oil and two major currencies; the euro and Japanese yen. A confirmed bottom in U.S. dollar price is the first step to better days.  It is hard to bet against King Dollar but gold presently has a stronger hand than these commodities. Why?

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Dangerous, Toxic Chemicals Lie Underground For Decades

December 9, 2014 9:53 am | by Wes Wolfe, The Free Press, Kinston, N.C. | Comments

Take one look at an old coal and gas energy site and the content filling Sunday’s “60 Minutes” episode on CBS doesn’t look shocking. It looks par for the course. Duke Energy, both in the episode segment on the Dan River coal ash spill and in media and politics since the spill, has the spotlight on it for problems with industrial waste pollution.

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Czech Nuclear Ammunition Museum to Turn Into Educational Center

December 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by Ceska Tiskova Kancelar, Prague | Comments

The Iron Curtain foundation plans to turn the Atom Museum near Borovno, the only nuclear ammunition dump open to the public in the world, into an educational center in the wild focused on families, foundation founder Vaclav Vitovec has told CTK. The foundation has been operating the museum, situated in the Brdy former military training grounds, since August 2013. It has loaned the ammunition dump for eight years.

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Tumbling Oil Prices: The Winners and Losers on The World Stage

December 8, 2014 10:43 am | by Rajesh Kumar, Mint, New Delhi (TNS) | Comments

Crude oil prices have fallen over 35 percent since the beginning of the year. However, the decline has been more dramatic since September as crude cracked by about 30 percent during this period. The reasons attributed to this crash in oil prices are, first, increased production in non-OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) countries, primarily the U.S., and second, the reluctance of OPEC to cut production.

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Executive Meeting: Up Close and Personal With Robert Watson Jr.

December 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Sharon Dunnsdunn, Energy Pipeline | Comments

He's young, he's got two young kids and he lives to do anything outdoors. Robert Watson Jr., of San Antonio, also runs an oil and gas company, EnerJex Resources, which just moved into Weld County's rich resource plays with a small acquisition of about 4,000 acres.

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Major Growth in 3D Printing Prompts Launch of Joint Industry Project

December 5, 2014 11:21 am | by Lloyd's Register Energy | Comments

Today, Lloyd’s Register Energy launched a joint industry project (JIP) inviting companies from across the world to tackle the current and future issues faced by manufacturers supplying the energy industry—the latest JIP focuses on additive manufacturing.  

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Inside an Abandoned Soviet Base in Hungary

December 5, 2014 10:50 am | by WTVY, Dothan, AL | Comments

Welcome to Little Moscow. This is the local name for a former Soviet military base in central Hungary. Missing windows, smashed panes, rust and decay... Hardly surprising since the site has been derelict for nearly quarter of a century.

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The World's Top Carbon Emitters: Where Does the U.S. Rank?

December 5, 2014 10:42 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | Comments

Six countries produce nearly 60 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. China and the United States combine for more than two-fifths. The planet's future will be shaped by what these top carbon polluters do about the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Here's how they rank, what they're doing.

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Top 5 Trends For Plastic Manufacturers In 2015

December 4, 2014 11:28 am | by David Nelson | Comments

It’s been a solid year for U.S. manufacturing. Where will the trends take us in 2015? In the coming year, expect manufacturing to continue to be a bright spot—and potential lifesaver—for the U.S. economy. Here are my five predictions for 2015 and beyond.

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