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Bioplastic materials and process advances on the move

Microbiologists, rather than materials scientists, are developing new plastic building blocks. To further enhance overall performance, and durability of bioplastics, additives, blends and alloys are increasingly used. The increasing number of biopolymers gives more choices...

source: By Don Rosato
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As the investigation into the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, continues to unfold, disturbing reports have arisen that raise questions about the integrity of government science agencies and their possible engagement in scientific misconduct or even outright science denial....

source: The Washington Post

The city of Seattle is suing to make Monsanto pay for cleanup of toxic PCBs from the city's drainage system and the Duwamish River. Monsanto was the sole producer of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) for commercial use in the U.S. from 1935 to 1977, and continued to profit...

source: The Seattle Times

Current rates of ocean acidification are silencing oceans, which spells trouble for marine animals during their larval stage. Fish larvae, for instance, will not be able to find their way back home, because they use sound cues to orient...

source: Nature World News

Species may be invading the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists have taken a closer look at the regal damselfish, and have found that they're popping up in a part of the ocean where they don't really belong. "While you wouldn't immediately think...

source: Science World Report

Grad student Timothy Bock was recently awarded a $2,000 SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) to support his research in environmental science. SETAC/EA promotes the work of master's-level students involved...

source: Rhode Island College

Pioneers in green chemistry are warning that the development of new environmentally friendly, non-toxic chemicals is being hampered by a lack of training in toxicology and environmental mechanisms in U.S. chemistry degree courses. John Warner, president and chief technology...

source: Chemistry World

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