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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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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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Join CPI in the Lone Star State!

Registration is now open for the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). This year’s conference will take place Sept. 22 – 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas. You can save $200 with early registration, which is available [...]

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CPI now accepting entries for the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award

For more than 75 years great minds have contributed to the advancement of the polyurethanes industry. Are you one of those innovators? The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council sponsors an award program to honor your innovation before hundreds of your polyurethanes industry peers. CPI is now accepting 2014 Polyurethane [...]

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Chemistry to help lift winter athletes to peak performance in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics, just three shorts weeks away, will showcase high-speed skiing, super-skilled snowboarding, and high-stakes ice hockey, among many other sports. But did you know that the products of chemistry help world-class athletes perform at their peak? Chemistry is behind each and every pair of skates, goggles, knee pads, and footwear — though [...]

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Filling in the cracks can save homeowners billions of dollars in energy costs

As temperatures continue to drop and home heating bills around the country make their perennial rise, Americans that have weatherized their homes won’t be allowing as much heat (or money) to escape through the cracks. “Air sealing is one of the most cost-effective energy savings opportunities,” says Paul Francisco, a research engineer at the Illinois [...]

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Polyurethane industry expert Bill Robert of BASF shares value of free CPI training program

Polyurethane industry expert Bill Robert has weighed in on the value of the Center for Polyurethanes Industry’s (CPI) Spray Foam Chemical Health and Safety Training Program for professional home performance contractors in an exclusive Q&A with American Chemistry Matters. Robert is a member of BASF’s Environmental, Safety and Health team and chair of CPI’s SPF [...]

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How can chemistry help keep you warm and save you money this winter?

New Year’s Day has come and gone, and for many Americans, the coldest months of winter are still ahead. But don’t crank up the heat just yet! There are other ways to stay warm and keep those seasonal energy costs down. And they have a lot to do with chemistry. Comfortable at home A typical [...]

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Celebrating 75 years of innovation at the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference

75 years ago, renowned German scientist Dr. Otto Bayer invented the basic process that would pave the way for the modern polyurethanes industry, ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley told a crowd of 850+ at the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Atlanta, GA. At the time, Dooley said, Dr. Bayer was struggling to make ends [...]

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ACEEE conference examines energy efficient buildings, chemistry solutions

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is hosting a conference on the west coast this week to the tone of “Fueling Our Future with Efficiency,” with a focus on solutions for reduced energy use in buildings. According to the conference website: What the discussion boils down to is this. 40 percent of energy [...]

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