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2/15/2018

Updating ports, railroads and other transportation infrastructure is key to the long-term success of the chemical industry, according to the American Chemistry Council, which praised President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal. "If left unaddressed, infrastructure challenges could prevent our nation from fully realizing the benefits of increased production," ACC said.

2/15/2018

The next round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations will reportedly start on Feb. 25 instead of Feb. 26, with a planned end date of March 5.

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2/15/2018

The American Chemistry Council worked with two art students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit last fall to lightweight a level 5 autonomous vehicle using plastics. The designs, which feature elements such as body panels made from ABS thermoplastic and exterior screens that could be used for ad space, were displayed during the North American International Auto Show last month.

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2/15/2018

An analysis commissioned by Hexion argues that formaldehyde is not causally linked to leukemia, based on data and science on formaldehyde used for the Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 draft assessment, as well as more recent data. The American Chemistry Council praised the new report.

2/14/2018

Facebook responded positively to Unilever's commitment to cease advertising through platforms that sow political and cultural division. Adam Mosseri, the social network's news feed chief, acknowledged Facebook's responsibilities, saying "it's on us to make sure we deliver and meet whatever expectations that they have, but we commend the [Unilever] announcement."

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2/14/2018

The chocolate industry should branch out into other cash crops to avoid price drops and help farmers increase productivity, according to Jack Steijn, Chocoa organizer and Equipoise co-founder. "The new crop should also contribute to spreading the revenues throughout the year, whereas in most cases, cocoa only brings in money twice a year," he said.

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2/14/2018

A consolidated class-action lawsuit has been filed against DuPont and Chemours, alleging the companies tainted the Cape Fear River with fluorosurfactants from a plant in Fayetteville, N.C. The companies paid $670 million in settlements a year ago for similar allegations made in Ohio and West Virginia.

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2/14/2018

Free-from labeled products are perceived as more healthful than those without labels, with foods labeled as free of palm oil or genetically modified ingredients seen as the healthiest among French participants, a study of nearly 2,000 people from four European countries has found. Despite the findings, co-author Michael Siegrist says, manufacturers should be careful not to overuse free-from labels when products are not actually healthier.

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2/14/2018

Supplementing with fish oil that's high in docosahexaenoic acid for 12 weeks was associated with an increase in B cell activation in 34 middle-aged adults who were obese, a new study has found. "[T]he findings from this pilot study suggest that B-cell activity may be sensitive to n-3 LC-PUFA intervention, warranting more in-depth experiments with a larger cohort," the researchers wrote.

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2/14/2018

The EU's plan to eliminate vegetable oil and palm oil in biodiesel production by 2021 has received mixed reactions in countries that rely on them. Argentine soybeans are a potential substitute source if the phaseout occurs.

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