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New testing method helps protect workers — and their skin — from harmful chemicals

November 15, 2019

People who work in labs, factories, and other workplaces are at risk for developing potentially serious skin allergies…
It’s in the Weeds: Herbicide Linked to Human Liver Disease

May 14, 2019

Exposure to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup, correlates to more severe cases of…
Cleaner, cheaper ammonia

April 29, 2019

Ammonia — a colorless gas essential for things like fertilizer — can be made by a new process…
Bio-map charts production routes for industrial chemicals

January 18, 2019

Researchers now present a very detailed map on metabolic engineering routes for the production of a wide range…
Common herbicide compound may save millions of lives

October 4, 2018

A chemical compound found in common herbicides could help fight hospital-acquired human fungal pathogenic infections, which claim an…
Chemicals that keep drinking water flowing may also cause fouling

July 26, 2018

Many city drinking water systems add softening agents to keep plumbing free of pipe-clogging mineral buildup. According to…
Science mission to discover how ‘everyday’ chemicals and plastic are changing the Arctic

July 9, 2018

Scientists are heading to the Arctic to discover how chemicals and microscopic particles of plastic debris are changing…
Copy-cat sea slugs vary in toxicity and taste

June 18, 2018

University of Queensland-led research found sea slugs that mimic the colours of other slugs to scare off predators…
Shining a Light on Toxic Chemicals Curbs Industrial Use

May 25, 2018

The annual federal report on toxic material emissions from industrial sites across the country gains widespread media attention…
Research reveals new direction to halt citrus greening epidemic

March 29, 2018

Citrus greening – also known as huanglongbing (translation: “yellow dragon disease”) – is a serious disease dramatically affecting…
Breakthrough could aid development of bee-friendly pesticides

March 26, 2018

Efforts to create pesticides that are not toxic to bees have been boosted by a scientific breakthrough. A joint…
DTU to expand its scientific advice to the EU on chemicals in food

March 5, 2018

The EU Commission has appointed the National Food Institute as EU Reference Laboratory in two new fields, processing…
‘Hide or Get Eaten,’ Urine Chemicals Tell Mud Crabs

January 10, 2018

Psssst, mud crabs, time to hide because blue crabs are coming to eat you! That’s the warning the…
Newly developed tunable, green detergents could be ‘made-to-order’ for industry

January 3, 2018

That mascara that your colleague is wearing may contain components from a microorganism. Detergents, also known as surfactants,…
Are cashiers at risk of dangerous chemical exposure through paper?

September 22, 2017

People who handle paper receipts regularly may be at increased risk for exposure to a chemical linked to…
Higher Exposure to Flame Retardants in Pregnant Women Leads to Lower IQ in Children

August 4, 2017

A hazardous class of flame retardant chemicals commonly found in furniture and household products damages children’s intelligence, resulting…
Toxic Exposure: Chemicals Are in Our Water, Food, Air and Furniture

June 26, 2017

When her kids were young, Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, knew more than most people about environmental toxics. After…
Oil as energy source for deep-sea creatures

June 21, 2017

At asphalt volcanoes in the Gulf of Mexico that spew oil, gas and tar, mussels and sponges live…
If It Smells Like a Petunia or Shampoo, It Might Be a Pesticide

June 20, 2017

A scent that petunias and snapdragons release to attract pollinators may be an environmentally friendly control for pests…
Folk contraceptives lead researchers to drugs that block fertilization

May 17, 2017

Two chemicals found in anti-fertility folk medicines block a key step in fertilization – the meeting of egg…
New NIST Data to Aid Production and Storage of ‘Fascinating’ Medication

May 4, 2017

Amantadine hydrochloride may be the most common medication you’ve never heard of. This compound has been around for…
New Material Could Save Time and Money in Medical Imaging and Environmental Remediation

April 21, 2017

Chemists at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a material that holds the key to cheap,…
Chemicals that cure malaria can kill weeds too

April 3, 2017

Plant biologists at The University of Western Australia have revealed the relationship between plants and the parasite that…
Do pheromones exist in humans?

March 9, 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have conducted a study to test if the chemicals androstadienone (AND)…
Magic ink from the nano world

March 2, 2017

Plasmonic printing produces resolutions several times greater than conventional printing methods. In plasmonic printing, colours are formed on…
New technology offers fast peptide synthesis

February 28, 2017

Manufacturing small proteins known as peptides is usually very time-consuming, which has slowed development of new peptide drugs…
Polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling

February 25, 2017

When Geoffrey Coates, the Tisch University Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, gives a talk about plastics and…
Chemicals Hitch a Ride onto New Protein for Better Compounds

February 12, 2017

Chemists have developed a powerful new method of selectively linking chemicals to proteins, a major advance in the…
New study shows how plants fight off disease

January 31, 2017

A University of Queensland-led study has highlighted the minute details of how the plant’s immune system leads to…
Plants’ chemical messages keep pests moving

January 26, 2017

When leaf beetle larvae eat goldenrod, the damaged plant emits a chemical message, which informs the insect that…
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