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Friday, April 4, 2014
Scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered
A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person's body. Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor could collect climate information, then wash away in the rain. Source: Iowa State University, 4/4/14

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Apple, Facebook, Google Web data centers getting greener: report
Apple Inc, Google Inc and Facebook Inc have made significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to power their Web services, the environmental group Greenpeace said in a report on Wednesday. But energy-hungry data centers operated by some of the Internet industry's top companies remain overly reliant on carbon-emitting coal and gas, the report said. Source: Planet Ark, 4/3/14

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Minn. bills to incentivize biofuel, biochemicals, biomass thermal
Legislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels, and biomass thermal energy. Source: Biomass Magazine, 3/12/14

Friday, March 28, 2014
A threat and a promise: changing US policies on toxic chemicals
While federal legislation could weaken controls on hazardous chemicals, some state regulations are stepping up -- and stricter corporate policies are already spurring some action. Source: The Guardian, 3/28/14

Concern about overpopulation is a red herring; consumption's the problem
Population stability or decline is not an environmental panacea if it is accompanied by continued growth in consumption. Source: The Guardian, 3/28/14

Food waste in restaurants: out of home, out of mind?
We're in a different frame of mind when we eat out, but are we underestimating the impact of our leftovers? Source: The Guardian, 3/28/14

Green chemistry method used for production of palladium nanocatalyst
Researchers used green chemistry method to produce a nanocatalyst for carbon-carbon bond formation ("Palladium nanoparticles supported on gum arabic as a reusable catalyst for solvent-free Mizoroki-Heck reaction"). Source: Nanowerk, 3/5/14

A winning formula: 4 secrets to sustainable chemistry success
This article summarizes Pure Strategies efforts to evaluate how leaders in the formulated products marketplace have constructed their goals, strategies, tools and partnerships. What is at the core of these programs -- and what makes them successful? Source: GreenBiz, 3/24/14

Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Many Faces of Biopolymers
What exactly is a "Biopolymer"? Is your definition of this term the same as that of your colleague down the hall? "Biopolymer" is a relatively new term currently used to describe everything from biodegradable plastic bottles, to bags made out of corn, to biocompatible parts used in knee replacement surgeries, to proteins. Source: ACS Nexus blog, 3/24/14

Potentially safer, greener alternative to BPA could come from papermaking waste
A waste product from making paper could yield a safer, greener alternative to the potentially harmful chemical BPA, now banned from baby bottles but still used in many plastics. Scientists made the BPA alternative from lignin, the compound that gives wood its strength, and they say it could be ready for the market within five years. Source: ACS Nexus blog, 3/24/14

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