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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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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Plastics and composites are reshaping car design, IHS report shows

Automotive plastics are here to stay, and IHS Automotive has the figures to prove it. In a recently released Report, IHS Automotive, a “global information company with world-class experts in the pivotal areas shaping today’s business landscape,” shares some enlightening (pun intended!) information on how plastics and composites are reshaping current and future car design. [...]

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