Another big innovation from the world’s smallest form of technology

What type of advanced technology could create winter clothes that capture the body’s heat to help us stay warm, while also potentially cutting down on our home energy bills? The answer is nanotechnology. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, researchers at Stanford University have developed a fabric with silver nanowires that can repurpose [...]

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‘No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure,’ says EFSA following comprehensive review

After a comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity, an expert panel at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that “BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels.” Although some news outlets continue to cover individual small-scale studies [...]

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Showcase your company’s latest and greatest innovations at the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference

The 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America, presents some of the best education and networking opportunities for the polyurethanes industry. Each year, more than 900 polyurethane professionals attend this premier industry event. You can make sure that you are a part of the industry’s premier information-sharing and education event by [...]

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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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FDA releases new science supporting BPA safety

FDA Science on BPA The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released extensive new documentation that further supports and substantiates the agency’s assessment that BPA is safe.  The FDA is the government agency whose scientists are in charge of assessing the safety of BPA in food contact materials such as polycarbonate plastic and epoxy [...]

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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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Returning to fundamental principles can help science live up to the public trust

A revised approach in the biomedical sciences for reporting research should set a strong precedent for researchers, publishers, and regulators around the U.S. who are committed to improving the science that guides public health decisions. Scientists today are more prolific than ever. The sheer body of research published every year can be overwhelming—from breakthroughs in [...]

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