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Can I mix those chemicals? There’s an app for that!

January 24, 2020

Improperly mixed chemicals cause a shocking number of fires, explosions, and injuries in laboratories, businesses, and homes each…
Screen could offer better safety tests for new chemicals

December 17, 2019

It’s estimated that there are approximately 80,000 industrial chemicals currently in use, in products such as clothing, cleaning…
Creating ways to quickly, accurately and inexpensively find natural gas leaks

June 10, 2019

As it flows through pipelines from wells to stovetops, natural gas is prone to leaking, threatening not only…
World War II Nazi Artifact at Work at PNNL

June 5, 2019

Heisenberg Cube now helps prevent nuclear materials smuggling. Since PNNL has its roots in Hanford and the Manhattan Project, perhaps…
The need for safer and better ingredients is propelling handmade cosmetics innovations

March 22, 2018

The cosmetics industry is a highly competitive field already dominated by top brands like L’Oreal, Maybelline, and Dove,…
Independent lab results crucial in verifying the safety and authenticity of CBD products

March 21, 2018

Independent laboratory reports are always crucial when it comes to verifying the components of any products. This is…
Detecting Chemical Agents with Confidence

January 18, 2018

The Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) has become an important defense tool on battlefields and in war-torn cities…
Studying Gas Mask Filters So People Can Breathe Easier

December 7, 2017

In research that could lead to better gas mask filters, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley…
New Cybersecurity Framework “Profile” to Help Ensure Safe Transfer of Hazardous Liquids at Ports

November 11, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) oversees approximately 800 waterfront facilities that, among other activities, transfer hazardous liquids between…
The dirty business of making new clothes tries to clean up

October 22, 2015

Processing fabric for the latest fashions and other textile-based products today requires thousands of chemicals, some of which…
A step toward clothing that guards against chemical warfare agents

October 1, 2015

Recent reports of chemical weapons attacks in the Middle East underscore the urgent need for new ways to…
Big questions about risk assessment of nanomaterials

August 25, 2015

When it comes to nanotechnology, Australians have shown strong support for regulation and safety testing. One common way…
3D-printed ‘smart cap’ uses electronics to sense spoiled food

July 21, 2015

It might not be long before consumers can just hit “print” to create an electronic circuit or wireless sensor…
Scientists to Develop Better Way to Screen Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Effects

June 26, 2015

The vast majority of the thousands of chemicals in our homes and workplaces have not been tested to…
Always/Never: documentary tells story of nuclear weapons safety, security

June 16, 2015

Sandia National Laboratories’ documentary, Always/Never: The Quest for Safety, Control & Survivability,showcases rare historical footage and interviews with…
Scientists track explosions of lithium-ion batteries in real-time

April 29, 2015

Lithium-ion batteries are integral part of today‘s world. They power our mobile phones, laptops, cars and even planes.…
Playground Washing Only Temporary Solution To Children’s Exposure To Lead Dust

March 26, 2015

A new study has found that while the washing of playground equipment in mining towns does reduce children’s…
Wrangling over pesticide ingredients comes to a head in 2015

January 20, 2015

Consumer advocates are fighting a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to address concerns…
Major class of fracking chemicals no more toxic than common household substances

November 13, 2014

The “surfactant” chemicals found in samples of fracking fluid collected in five states were no more toxic than…
Clean Smell Doesn’t Always Mean Clean Air

November 13, 2014

Some of the same chemical reactions that occur in the atmosphere as a result of smog and ozone…
Coating prevents electrical current from damaging the digestive tract after battery ingestion

November 4, 2014

Every year, nearly 4,000 children go to emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries — the flat, round batteries…
A Decade of Genes, Chemicals and Human Health: The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database Turns 10

November 3, 2014

What do you get a scientific database for its ten-year anniversary? Aluminum is the traditional gift, but do…
Scientists rank thousands of substances according to potential exposure level

October 30, 2014

An overwhelming number of chemicals from household and industrial products are in the environment – and hundreds are…
Pharmaceuticals and Other Chemicals Common in Landfill Waste

August 12, 2014

Pharmaceuticals, personal-care products, and other contaminants are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste. The samples of…
NIST Corrosion Lab Tests Suggest Need for Underground Gas Tank Retrofits

July 30, 2014

  A hidden hazard lurks beneath many of the roughly 156,000 gas stations across the United States. The…
Managing specialized microbes to clean stubborn chemicals from the environment

June 26, 2014

Chlorinated chemicals perform a host of societally useful functions, but they also have a dark side. Once their…
The fight over preservatives in personal care products

June 16, 2014

Rising public concern over the safety of synthetic preservatives in personal care products, such as sunscreens, is pressuring…
Nanotube-Infused Clothing May Protect Against Chemical Weapons

May 9, 2014

  Nerve agents are among the world’s most feared chemical weapons, but scientists at the National Institute of…
Tiny particles may pose big risk

April 9, 2014

Thousands of consumer products — including cosmetics, sunscreens, and clothing — contain nanoparticles added by manufacturers to improve…
Update: Research shows need to regulate antimicrobial products

April 7, 2014

Does the widespread and still proliferating use of antimicrobial household products cause more harm than good to consumers…
ASU leads new research network to study impacts of nanomaterials

April 7, 2014

Arizona State University researchers will lead a multi-university project to aid industry in understanding and predicting the potential…
New UC San Diego Biosensor Will Guard Water Supplies from Toxic Threats

March 17, 2014

Supported by a $953,958 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), researchers at the University of…
A wristband for a different kind of cause — environmental health

March 10, 2014

From “Livestrong” to “Purple Paws,” trendy wristbands have come to represent causes from cancer to ending cruelty to…
Pollutants Pose Threat to Mekong River Residents

February 28, 2014

Portions of the Mekong River Basin contain hotspots of persistent organic pollutants that pose a significant threat to…
More dangerous chemicals in everyday life: Now experts warn against nanosilver

February 28, 2014

Endocrine disrupters are not the only worrying chemicals that ordinary consumers are exposed to in everyday life. Also…
Safer nanoparticles for safer sunscreens

February 26, 2014

Zinc oxide nanoparticles are used in sunscreens to make them less opaque and more appealing to consumers. But…
Scientists warn of chemical dangers in food packaging, but not without their critics

February 24, 2014

Environmental scientists have warned the long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food…
Harmful, untested chemicals rife in personal care products

February 18, 2014

In the United States, the average person is exposed to more than a hundred chemicals from cosmetics, soaps,…
Advancing Safety Through Color Changing Technology

February 3, 2014

An intelligent tape that changes color in the presence of hydrogen has been licensed by UCF to a…
NSF awards rapid response grants to study West Virginia chemical spill

January 31, 2014

To better understand the properties of the chemical that contaminated the drinking water of about 300,000 West Virginia residents earlier…
Thousands of potentially harmful natural gas leaks found in Washington, D.C.

January 23, 2014

High levels of natural gas are escaping from the aging pipes beneath the streets of the nation’s capital,…
Engineer designs digital solution for pesticide drift

January 20, 2014

It’s a problem that plagues farmers and haunts environmentalists: how to reduce pesticide applications and ensure they are…
Stanford researchers track a silent killer in rural Bangladesh

January 10, 2014

It’s been decades since the U.S. phased out the use of lead in gasoline, paint, pipes and other…
NIST Analysis Helps the U.S. Chemical Safety Board Pinpoint Root Cause of Pressure Vessel Failure

January 8, 2014

In 2009, a violent rupture of a 50-foot pressure vessel used to produce synthetic crystals at the NDK…
Personal care products are possible sources of potentially harmful parabens for babies

December 23, 2013

Through lotions, shampoos and other personal care products (PCPs), infants and toddlers are likely becoming exposed to potentially…
FDA proposes new food defense rule

December 23, 2013

As required by the bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today…
New NIST Tests Explore Safety of Nanotubes in Modern Plastics Over Time

December 18, 2013

Who cares about old plastic? Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) do, so that…
FDA issues proposed rule to determine safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps

December 17, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a proposed rule to require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps…
Ethanol blends carry hidden risk

December 17, 2013

Blending more ethanol into fuel to cut air pollution from vehicles carries a hidden risk that toxic or…
Cross These Dangerous Toys Off Kids’ Christmas List, Experts Say

November 28, 2013

Toxic or dangerous toys can still be found on store shelves despite tough new federal regulations, according to…
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