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3/3/2021

Household condiments are the key to saving sea turtles caught in oil spills, as volunteers use vegetable oil to thin the tar and deploy mayonnaise to remove the tar from the turtles' digestive systems. As an emulsion, mayonnaise has both hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties, allowing it to mix with and dilute the hydrophobic tar -- and create a barrier around the tar.

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EcoWatch
3/3/2021

Beyond Meat has inked deals with fast-food giants McDonald's and Yum! Brands, plant-based seafood alternatives are burgeoning and meat supplier JBS SA is making plans to launch a plant-based subsidiary. Meanwhile, new products hitting the market include a chicken alternative headed for Singaporean restaurants whose flavor derives from a proprietary blend of plant-based fats and a functional protein that combines with pea protein to provide a complete amino acid profile.

3/3/2021

As controversy continues to rage over the composition of Canadian butter, Dairy Farmers of Canada has urged producers to stop feeding palm oil to cows while an expert panel investigates. "It's just a precautionary [measure] to ensure that consumers maintain confidence in dairy products across Canada," said Gordon MacBeath, DFA board member.

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CBC News (Canada), Insider
3/3/2021

Researchers have developed lipid nanoparticles that can deliver gene editing technology directly to the livers of mice, reducing blood cholesterol levels by as much as 57%. The technique mimics a beneficial mutation present in some people, knocking out a gene producing an enzyme that in turn reduces the activity of the lipases that break down cholesterol.

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Tufts University
3/3/2021

As farmers select higher-yielding crop varieties, soybean seed yield rose by 50% between the 1980s and 2010 while protein levels decreased by 1.2%, a new study concluded. The researchers found that the concentration of some amino acids, such as arginine and glutamic acids, decreased along with protein, but this did not hold true for other amino acids.

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Seed World
3/3/2021

Advanced recycling is an important technology that can be used as a complement to mechanical recycling to curb plastic waste and ensure access to recycled content, said Prapti Muhuri of the American Chemistry Council during a Feb. 26 summit. Designating advanced recycling as a form of manufacturing versus solid waste and third-party certifications like ISCC-PLUS can help reduce barriers to advanced recycling in the US, Muhuri said.

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Recycling Today
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Prapti Muhuri
3/3/2021

Economic recovery and stable policies are paving the way for additional carbon capture and storage solutions, but establishing a market price for carbon will help ensure "we use market forces to reduce" emissions, said ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods on Tuesday. Separately, ExxonMobil said Wednesday it plans to eliminate about 300 jobs in Singapore by the year's end.

3/3/2021

The chemical industry is committed to scaling plastic recycling, but efforts are hindered by weak plastic collection infrastructure and a lack of maturity in the area of advanced recycling. In this podcast, members of ICIS' team and Paul Hodges of New Normal Consulting discuss challenges facing the industry, as well as how blockchain-derived data could offer insight into plastic consumption and recycling trends.

3/3/2021

The US petroleum industry is aggressively working to reduce its carbon footprint in response to US policy changes. "The oil and gas industry is calibrating itself to what has become the new benchmark -- net zero carbon by 2050" says Dan Yergin, IHS Markit vice chairman.

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CNBC
3/3/2021

Conversations with employees can be more effective if you match what they need to their confidence and competence at the moment, whether it's encouragement, coaching, a new challenge, or learning a new skill, write Karin Hurt and David Dye. "The next time you're dealing with a performance management problem, try starting with the lens of confidence and competence," they write.

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Let's Grow Leaders