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Biotech Startup Uses Savvy Software to Engineer Microbes For Specialty Chemicals

February 26, 2015 5:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

A small biotech firm that recently started up says it has a software platform that can produce 100 times more chemicals than were previously thought.

How Shale Has Transformed One Tiny Town in Texas

February 26, 2015 5:03 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

We all know the current oil boom has produced winners and losers around the U.S. — and they're...

Ag Secretary: Smartphones Could Tell Buyers What's in Food

February 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture...

When Consumers Trump Science: Food Dyes Become The Front Line For ‘All Natural’

February 26, 2015 4:16 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Consumers’ appetite for seeing “natural” on food labels is clearly here to stay — even if "...

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Lawsuit Filed Against Purina Claims Food Sickens, Kills Dogs

February 26, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The suit alleges the food contains propylene glycol, which it says is an animal toxin used in automobile antifreeze, and mycotoxins, a group of toxins produced by fungus that occurs in grains.

How Many Beagles Does it Take to Prove BPA is Safe?

February 26, 2015 9:53 am | by Steven Hentges, PhD | Blogs | Comments

The Journal also criticized the absurdity of further government-funded study of BPA driven by “periodic scares over chemicals in vaccines, foods and other products”. In its opinion piece “Snoopy Is Safe After All,” the publication states that BPA “deserves exoneration."

Industry Group Issues Warning For Fracking Vapors: 'One Breath Could be Death'

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Regulators are reportedly investigating four deaths on the Bakken range since 2010 that could be linked to vapor exposure, though none have been officially attributed to that cause.

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Manhattan Project Physicist Ralph Nobles Dies at 94

February 25, 2015 11:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ralph Nobles, a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project and later led efforts to save thousands of acres of San Francisco Bay wetlands from development, died following complications of pneumonia, according to his daughter. He was 94.

Study: Common Flame Retardants Linked to Obesity, Liver Problems

February 25, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Ino | News | Comments

The research involved polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, which are synthetic flame retardants found in couches, carpet padding, electronics and other common household items.

Rusted Can of Zyklon B Poison Gas Found in Germany

February 25, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers clearing a small garden in northern Germany got a shock when they unearthed a rusted can labeled "Zyklon B" — the deadly poison gas used by the Nazis in the death chambers of Auschwitz and other camps.

Antarctica: Mystery Continent Holds Key to Mankind's Future

February 24, 2015 3:29 pm | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO and SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The ice tells how levels of carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas, have fluctuated over hundreds of thousands of years. This is also the place where a hole in the ozone layer, from man-made refrigerants and aerosols, periodically parks for a couple months and causes trouble. 

Obama to Veto Keystone XL Pipeline

February 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Fracking Regulation Debate Heats up Colorado

February 24, 2015 2:17 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Similar battles are playing out in other states, but it's especially intense in Colorado, which has abundant oil and gas, a deep-rooted belief in property rights and a strong environmental movement.

BASF And Yara Announce New Ammonia Plant in Freeport

February 24, 2015 10:10 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The plant will tap into what some industry forecasters have predicted will be a burgeoning ammonia market in the coming years, with global capacity reaching nearly 250 million tons by 2018.

A New Source of Biofuel — Leather Sludge

February 24, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

Properly disposing of waste from the leather processing industry is a costly and tricky endeavor — which is why a team of scientists has been hard at work demonstrating that there could be way to make good use of this toxic sludge.

Missouri Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

February 24, 2015 8:36 am | by SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment.

ACC Report: Chemical Volumes Down in January

February 23, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Specialty chemical market volumes declined last month, though their levels were still higher than one year ago, according to the latest numbers from the American Chemistry Council.

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Study Says Prenatal Chemical Exposure Could Harm Infant Boys

February 23, 2015 11:49 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, found exposure to even low levels of diethylhexyl phthalate — a prominent plastic softener — during the first trimester of pregnancy could result in disrupted genital development in boys.

Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The newly affected plants include a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas — the nation’s largest — along with two refineries and a chemical facility in Louisiana.

Ohio Families Drop Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool

February 23, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit filed by the families in 2013 said that a suspected cancer-causing chemical came from the factory near where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.

ACC Slams Federal Agency Over Proposed Phthalate Ban

February 23, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council has asked federal regulators to extend the comment period for proposed restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys, arguing they would set an "irresponsible and scientifically unsound precedent" for future chemical regulations.

Mind-Blowing Movie Explosions Explained

February 19, 2015 4:56 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Movies with big explosions may not be cleaning house at the Oscars this weekend, but as this video shows, they're still Hollywood's favorite way to cash in on cool chemistry.

The Race For “The Jesus Molecule” Continues

February 19, 2015 4:06 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

This final installment of a three-part plant profile of Virent, takes you inside their bio-based paraxylene operations to find out how they're helping green the chemicals scene.

Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year.

Blast Devastates Refinery, Sends Ash Raining Down on Area

February 19, 2015 9:20 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion devastated a section of a refinery on Wednesday morning, shaking nearby homes, raining down ash and injuring four people. Experts said the disruption to production would likely drive up gas prices in California.

Chemical Spray Tans May Pose Health Risk

February 18, 2015 4:36 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

As this undercover report shows, most women entering spray tan salons are not given the protection they need to prevent ingesting DHA.

European Companies Announce Development of 'Unbreakable' LCD

February 18, 2015 3:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

German chemical giant Merck and British electronics company FlexEnable have announced new technology they say will enable make LCD screens that are reportedly cheaper, 10 times thinner and more than 10 times lighter than conventional displays.

Study: Industrial Chemical Contributes to Ozone Loss

February 18, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The report particularly concerns dichloromethane, which has a wide variety of industrial uses, including as a paint remover, cleaning agent, solvent and fumigant.

Japanese Man Arrested For Sending Boy to Help Fukushima Clean-up

February 18, 2015 9:47 am | by WochitGeneralNews | Videos | Comments

The Aichi prefectural police said the boy, from Kitanagoya City, western Japan, was sent to Fukushima to cut contaminated leaves and scrape up dirt in the disaster zone last July.

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