Chemistry

Prenatal BPA Exposures (Don’t) Affect Birth Weight

Recent media stories have reported on two new scientific studies involving BPA’s effects on birth weight.  One study reported a statistical association between prenatal exposure to BPA and increased birth weight, while the other reported an association wi ...

Article - Steve Hentges - Oct 8 2015 - 10:03am

Waste Water Treatment Plants Fail To Completely Eliminate New Chemical Compounds

The fishing port of Ondarroa, the Deba marina, the estuary at Gernika (beside the discharge stream of the waste water treatment plant) and the industrial ports of Pasaia and Santurtzi are the scenarios where the research was carried out between May and Ju ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 8 2015 - 1:58pm

Cleaning Up The Dirty Business Of Making New Clothes

Processing fabric for the latest fashions and other textile-based products today requires thousands of chemicals, some of which are toxic and cause 20 percent of the world's water pollution. To reduce its environmental footprint, the textile industry ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 21 2015 - 1:08pm

Subscription Box Chemistry Set

You’ve probably had subscriptions to newspapers, magazines, or even Netflix. Fairly recently the subscription box has emerged like Loot Crate, filled with Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic book themed T-shirts, mugs, minifigures and such. Now there’s a subscription bo ...

Article - Steve Schuler - Oct 22 2015 - 9:05am

Some Toxins Remain In Your Clothes, Finds Study

In a new thesis, 60 garments from Swedish and international clothing chains have been tested and though around a hundred chemicals were preliminary identified, several of the substances were not on the producers' lists and are suspected to be by-prod ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 23 2015 - 4:16pm

Methane Hydrates: Secrets Of Ice That Burns

Methane hydrates are a kind of ice that contains methane, and that form at certain depths under the sea or buried in permafrost. They can also form in pipelines that transport oil and gas, leading to clogging. Yet methane hydrates are nearly impossible to ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 2 2015 - 4:42pm

Oil-Based Pesticides Most Effective At Killing This

In what might be a new breakthrough for the spider-control field, researchers have found that oil-based pesticides are more effective than water-based pesticides at killing the contents of brown widow spider egg sacs. This finding is important because try ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 6 2015 - 7:00am

Alkali-Aggregate Reaction And Why Even Concrete Ages

Researchers have set out to solve the mystery of a degenerative sign of aging in concrete: the alkali-aggregate reaction (AAR), where a material forms that takes up more space than the original concrete and thus gradually cracks the concrete from within a ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 7 2015 - 6:26am

Stevia- Now Less Bitter For Drinkers

There is some good news for consumers with a sweet tooth. Cornell food scientists have reduced the sweetener stevia's bitter aftertaste by physical- rather than chemical- means. Cornell professor of food process engineering, Syed Rizvi, co-authored t ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 12 2015 - 9:00am

A New Era Of Boutique Chocolate

A team of Belgian researchers has shown that the yeasts used to ferment cocoa during chocolate production can modify the aroma of the resulting chocolate. "This makes it possible to create a whole range of boutique chocolates to match everyone's ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 20 2015 - 5:00pm