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Stanford researchers create 'microbial battery' to capture electricity in wastewater

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Scientists at Stanford University have developed an innovative method for capturing energy in a special type of microbe in wastewater and using it to generate power.
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Labor shortage in US oil, gas sector to challenge growth

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Capital spending on downstream projects, especially in the Gulf of Mexico, is predicted to hit $100 billion over a period of three years and the supply of skilled workers to the U.S. oil and gas industry is expected to fall short.
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FDA to introduce new reporting rules for canned-food manufacturers

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to change the reporting processes for manufacturers of acidified and low-acid canned foods.
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Federal agency wants Black Elk Energy to further improve safety practices

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has warned Houston-based oil and gas company Black Elk Energy that unless it dramatically improves its safety practices it will not be allowed to operate in federal waters.
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Report calls for uniform date labeling rules on food products

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As many as nine in 10 Americans throw away food prematurely, confused by what the date on the label means, with a quarter of them doing so on a daily basis.
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Brazil ramps up plastics resins imports

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Due to Brazil's rapidly growing industry, demand for plastics and plastic resins is continually growing, leading to a rising volume and value of imports.
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Unidentified chemical spill prompts evacuation at Arizona recycling facility

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Nearly two dozen people were sickened by a chemical spill at a recycling facility in Phoenix, Ariz., in the early morning of Sept. 18.
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Refinery industry backs pipelines for transportation of crude

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As industry representatives remain focused on the pending decision over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a new poll reveals that more than two in three refinery industry representatives see pipelines as the most popular method for crude oil transportation over the next few years.
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OPEC prepares for falling oil market share in 2014

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The global oil market is "well-supplied," despite predictions that the market share of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is likely to slip in 2014, due to increased production from non-OPEC countries.
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Methane-capturing equipment at drilling sites cuts emissions by 97%

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The U.S. oil and gas industry has made significant progress in reducing the amounts of methane leaking from natural gas wells into the atmosphere.
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