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Give the gift that keeps on giving: 9 tips to help you recycle more plastics

Recycling really can be the gift that keeps on giving. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling can help conserve natural resources, reduce waste, prevent pollution, save energy, create jobs—and sustain the environment for future generations. As people around the world prepare to make good on their plans to eat, drink and be merry […]

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12 days of giving? How about 12 ways of living…energy efficiently, that is!

This winter, innovations in building products made from plastics are lending a helping hand to homeowners with “more energy efficiency” on their holiday wish list. As many of you know, plastics play a major role in every household and provide benefits that can help us save money, reduce waste and conserve energy. They’ve played a […]

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The chemistry of Star Wars

Every day, fantastical technology we see in movies like Star Wars comes closer to reality. From aerospace to defense systems to medical devices, chemistry enables amazing feats of science and imagination. In this blog post, we’re going to delve deep into the possibilities with some educational information about chemistry and its role in innovation, so […]

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Thirty years of ‘trouble’? Try 50 years of safe use

With Black Friday quickly approaching, it’s that time of the year when some organizations try to scare consumers away from their favorite products, using “red lists” and “black lists” of “scary chemicals” that people should avoid at all costs. These lists are the new holiday staples; the new pumpkin spice lattes of the season.  This […]

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Tying up loose ends: How transparency and reproducibility can help improve chemical assessments

Two basic scientific principles, transparency and reproducibility, which reportedly “saved the universe as we know it,” could also help bring the scientific method back to chemical risk assessment. This post will attempt to explain why these principles are critical and how the scientific community could help make that happen. Back in 2011, scientists appeared to […]

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Does WHO make the case for Prop 65 reform?

When the World Health Organization (WHO) pronounced last week that hot dogs and bacon are carcinogens and that red meat may also harm you, carnivores AND vegetarians alike were right to wonder, “What’s really going on here?” If past health warnings are a model, we’re still going to find hot dogs at the ballpark and ribs […]

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Polyurethane highlighted on home improvement radio show

Whether we listen for today’s hit music, the most up-to-date news coverage or to make our commutes more bearable, many of us spend time each day tuning into our favorite radio stations. Mighty House Radio listeners recently heard about the many benefits of polyurethane and spray polyurethane foam. Lee Salamone, senior director of the Center […]

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Innovation and inspiration take center stage at 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference

Earlier this month, more than 1,000 polyurethane professionals met in Orlando for the 58th annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Gaylord Palms Hotel. The Conference, which is the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America, featured 75 technical presentations, 38 poster presentations, industry table top exhibits, a Professional Development Program and premier networking events. Pre-Conference activities […]

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Polystyrene foam: keeping fall’s favorite flavors hot

This month, many of us will once again order our coffees and teas hot instead of the refreshing iced versions we enjoyed during the summer. As we welcome fall and all of its flavors, polystyrene foam foodservice products will help millions of us keep our favorite pumpkin-spiced or salted caramel lattes, cappuccinos and herbal teas […]

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MacArthur Foundation declares nanotechnologist a Genius

Each year the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation selects between 20 and 40 individuals to receive one of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, which are better known as “genius grants.” The honor is awarded to individuals working in any field, who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work” and are […]

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