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Don’t let unfounded health claims rain on your holiday toy parade

It’s that time of year again when stores slash prices on many popular gadgets, gizmos and toys, bringing droves of families to retail stores for some early holiday shopping. It’s also that time of year when activists try to convince you that many of the products swept off the store shelves are bad for you [...]

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Evaluating the evidence: an expert view on improving one of EPA’s key chemical assessment programs

A collective effort has been underway the past few years to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver more timely and credible chemical assessments under its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), a program that continues to face scrutiny from regulators, scientists, and industry. A recent report from the National Research Council (NRC) acknowledged that [...]

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The three T’s of plastics food packaging: Tested. Tried. Trusted.

The reason we trust plastic to safely package and deliver our food is simple: it works. Every day, plastic food packaging delivers real benefits to millions of consumers throughout the world. In fact, it’s widely known that plastic packaging protects food to help keep people safe and healthy. Plastics used in food packaging have long [...]

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NAFRA and Rebuilding Together partner on “Celebrate Safely” campaign to increase holiday fire safety

Home fires unfortunately jump each winter holiday season. The numbers are stark: approximately 150,000 fires occur this time of year, claiming 630 lives and $936 million in property damage. Home candle fires occur most frequently on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. In response to the increase number of fires during the holidays, [...]

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Versatile. Durable. Incredible… Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons!

Everyone knows that enormous amounts of helium fill Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons each year. But, do you think about the volume of engineering, science and technology that go into making each balloon? Did you know that the giant balloons seen by more than 50 million viewers across the world begin as a lump of [...]

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NANOSAFE 2014 conference in France features paper sponsored by ACC’s Nanotechnology Panel

A paper sponsored by the ACC Nanotechnology Panel was presented last week at the NANOSAFE 2014 conference in Grenoble, France. The paper, “A Review and Perspective of Existing Research on the Release of Nanomaterials from Solid Nanocomposites,” is authored by Stephan Froggett of Froggett & Associates, Shaun Clancy of Evonik Corporation, Darrell Boverhof of The [...]

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New studies show vast benefits of offshore energy development

America is forfeiting hundreds of thousands of new jobs and tens of billions in GDP each year by maintaining governmental restrictions on energy development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). That’s according to two studies conducted by Quest Offshore Resources, Inc. and released this week by the National [...]

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Golden ticket: Peer inside the wonky world of candy chemistry

From mouth-puckering sour gummies, to milky chocolate cups with peanut butter or fruity centers, candy is tasty as it is unique – and it turns out chemistry plays a large part in what makes Halloween trick or treating so “spooktacular” and so sweet. So, here’s an “inside look” at candy chemistry and the manufacturers that [...]

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U.S. manufacturing exports surging due to shale gas

Exports of manufactured products have risen 6 percent since the start of America’s shale gas production boom, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It’s a sign that plentiful, affordable natural gas – already a strong catalyst for chemical industry export growth – is benefiting U.S. manufacturing. A reversal in U.S. [...]

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The many ‘spooktacular’ ways chemistry contributes to Halloween fun and safety

Got your costume for Halloween yet? Whether you’re a zombie or a princess, passing out candies at home or masquerading at a party, safety should play an important role in festivity planning for October 31. Chemistry is very much ingrained in and beneficial to those safety plans. Many Halloween safety tips from scientific and health [...]

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