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Cultivating cannabis

Not long ago, cannabis growers learned their trade mainly by trial and error, passing along tips to others behind a veil of secrecy. But with expanding legalization of cannabis in the U.S., this situation is changing. According ...

dateMay 23, 2018 in Other
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Moving away from plastics: The case of solid body wash

For consumers trying to avoid plastics and go "green," solid body wash sold without packaging seems to be a good alternative to wrapped and bottled soaps. But as an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly ...

dateMay 16, 2018 in Other
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Forensic accounting can predict future food fraud

Food fraud, where different or low-quality food is deliberately mislabelled and sold as high-quality goods, risks the health of consumers as well as the economic viability of producers and manufacturers. To combat this, researchers ...

dateMay 14, 2018 in Other
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Video: Does melatonin do anything?

Melatonin is a widely used supplement. Many people turn to the hormone hoping it will improve their sleep, but do claims of its efficacy have any merit?

dateMay 10, 2018 in Other
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A detective story of wildfires and wine

In this story of wine and smoke taint, everyone knows "whodunit"—it's the smoke from wildfires. But it's the "how" that's got researchers and winemakers stymied. According to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ...

dateMay 09, 2018 in Other
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Army's new find lowers accidental stockpile detonation

Scientists at two major national laboratories have demonstrated a new method for testing explosives stored in weapons stockpiles, a step they say will help reduce accidental detonation and ensure the weapons perform as expected.

dateMay 01, 2018 in Other
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Video: How airbags work

Normally, something blowing up in your face is bad. But in the event of a vehicle accident, and in conjunction with a seatbelt, one particular explosion could very well save your life. It's the chemical reaction that inflates ...

dateMay 01, 2018 in Other
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Finding trace material in waste materials

Last year Empa's inorganic analytics lab was granted the status of "Reference Laboratory" within the scope of the ProSUM project, funded by the EU. Fine-grained samples of shredder waste from scrapped cars, e-waste or mine ...

dateApr 26, 2018 in Other
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Generic drug manufacturers see new opportunities ahead

Declining prices and a saturated market could spell doom-and-gloom for the generic pharmaceutical industry, but some in the business are turning lemons into lemonade, seeing opportunities instead. According to an article ...

dateApr 25, 2018 in Other
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Video: Burning ice from the ocean floor

Methane hydrate is a crystalline complex of water and methane that forms beneath the ocean floor. It resembles regular ice, but it can easily be set aflame after it's brought to the surface.

dateApr 24, 2018 in Other
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Stemming the tide of ocean plastics

As people in the developing countries become more affluent, they end up buying more plastics. But these areas often don't have good waste management procedures in place, so a lot of that plastic eventually ends up in the ...

dateApr 18, 2018 in Other
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Video: What is flame jetting?

We know fuels like gasoline and alcohol can burn. But sometimes, when the conditions are just right, a hand-held container of fuel being poured near an ignition source can shoot out a ten-foot jet of flame. Flame jetting ...

dateApr 17, 2018 in Other
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Mushrooms, feathers combine in biodegradable shoes

Two University of Delaware students put their best foot forward at this year's National Sustainable Design Expo, showing off a biodegradable shoe they fashioned using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste.

dateApr 11, 2018 in Other
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MRI technique detects the properties of packaged meats

Researchers from the University of Extremadura (Spain) have developed a methodology to learn the properties of hams and whole loins using magnetic resonance imaging, the same non-invasive technique used in medicine. The method ...

dateApr 04, 2018 in Other
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Nuclear waste might be a thing of the past

Matthew Fortunato starts his days mixing chemicals in radiochemistry professor Konstantinos Kavallieratos' lab. It is a task he knows well. With a practiced hand, he collects just the right amount of powders and liquids and ...

Fast-tracking endocrine assays

Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals can cause health effects, such as reduced fertility and increased incidences of obesity and diabetes. Two decades ago, Congress directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...

Video: The thousand-year-old egg

Century eggs, or pidan, are a preserved food made by fermenting duck eggs in alkali. The green and black color of these eggs is not very appealing at first blush, and the smell is even worse. However, this Ming dynasty innovation ...

Taming biofuel-loving microbes

Most people are cautious around gasoline and diesel for good reason, but some microbes love the stuff—especially biofuels that contain fatty acid derivatives. So, as the world tries to go "green," it also has to consider ...

Scientists found an alternative to water chlorination

Researchers of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) have developed a unique device for complex water purification that can improve or, in some cases, replace disinfection with chlorine.

Considering the impact of the indoor chemistry cocktail

A pair of researchers, one with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, the other with the University of Toronto in Canada has revisited the topic of indoor chemistry and its impact on human health. In their Perspective ...

Video: Chemtrails vs. contrails

It's easy to look at the white trail behind a jet aircraft and imagine all manner of chemicals raining down from above. However, airplane contrails are simply what happens when jet engines burn fuel.

Lab-grown horns and tusks could stop poaching—or not

Scientists are making mimics of rhino horns and elephant tusks, hoping to drive down the prices of these items on the black market and discourage poaching. But many conservation groups argue that it could have the opposite ...

Gorilla Glass debuts in car windshields

Chemically toughened glass already keeps cell phone screens (mostly) crack-free, and now this type of glass is starting to make its mark in the auto industry in car windshields. According to an article in Chemical & Engineering ...

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