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New device alters fluid structure at micron level

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have developed a new technology that enables them to thicken and thin fluids at the micron level and increase the effectiveness of soap and detergents.
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EPA's risk assement to focus on widely used flame retardants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with a specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, in order to more fully understand any potential risks to people’s health and the environment.
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Scientists discover new catalysts that could create 'gasoline of the future'

Scientists have made a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with a substantially better fuel additive called butanol, which some experts regard as “the gasoline of the future.”


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AIChE to present educational conference at CHEM SHOW 2013

The AIChE Northeast Manufacturing Conference at the CHEM SHOW will feature experts presenting information specifically geared toward engineers working in the process industries.
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American Chemistry Council backs new law on toxic chemicals

Following the introduction of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, the American Chemistry Council agreed that an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act was necessary.
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Rising water costs could cause major shifts in processing landscape

In the last 12 years, says a recently published survey,“water rates have at least doubled in more than a quarter of the locations and even tripled in a few.” Continuing rate increases are expected of 5% to 15% every few years.
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Key indicators point to a robust 2013 CHEM SHOW

A steadily improving economy and the pressing need for manufacturers to invest in new processing equipment bodes well for both the chemical processing industries and the 55th biennial CHEM SHOW that will be held Dec. 10-12 in New York City.
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BASF combines water, oilfield and mining businesses

Chemical giant BASF has combined its businesses for water, oilfield and mining solutions in an effort to increase efficiency and foster growth.
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Explosion at Florida chemical plant causes $1 million in damage

An explosion and fire Thursday night at the Reichhold Chemicals Plant in Pensacola, Fla., caused approximately $1 million in damage, according to the state Fire Marshal's Office.
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Connecticut chemical company fined for violating environmental right-to-know requirements

5N Plus Inc. allegedly violated the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) by failing to report hazardous chemical inventories to emergency responders.
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