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1/19/2022

Lipid-based nanoparticles have drawn increased attention as a key structural ingredient in COVID-19 vaccines, but they have been used in many pharmaceutical applications, especially cancer and HIV treatments. The nanoparticles approved by regulatory agencies thus far have included phosphatidylcholine lipids, cholesterol and either a pegylated- or charged-lipid designed in a combination that plays a major role in particle stability during storage and in-vivo.

1/19/2022

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. and AGT Foods are planning a new canola crushing and renewable diesel production facility in Sasketchewan. Meanwhile, Scoular has opened the first new flax processing facility to launch in Western Canada in nearly a decade.

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Scoular
1/19/2022

In two articles about the fish oil industry, the Guardian looks at environmental concerns about Peru's anchovy fishery and research showing that some fish oil supplements may contain rancid oil. "If you go out and buy fish oil, there is at least a one in five chance of you getting an oil more oxidised than the recommended level," said Ben Albert, a fellow at the University of Auckland.

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University of Auckland
1/19/2022

A new analysis of blood sample data has found that higher omega-3 levels were associated with lower levels of a marker for inflammation. "The nice thing about this study is we were able to show this effect in essentially healthy people," said William Harris, head of the Fatty Acid Research Institute.

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William Harris
1/18/2022

Some 70 companies, including consumer product makers, packaging firms and financial institutions, signed a letter pressing negotiators at the upcoming United Nations Environment Assembly session to begin serious talks on a global plastics agreement. "To accelerate the shift to a circular economy for plastics, we must encourage innovation across product design, collection, waste management, and recycling, while ensuring flexibility for governments and avoiding prescriptive global policies," said the statement.

1/18/2022

Eastman Chemical says it will build a plastics recycling facility in France that will process up to 160,000 tons of plastic waste each year starting in 2025. The facility, which could cost $1 billion and would be the largest of its kind in the world, will use a process known as molecular recycling, the company says.

1/18/2022

Covestro has agreed to purchase the equivalent of up to 100,000 metric tons of green hydrogen per year and its derivatives from Fortescue Metals' Fortescue Future Industries. "This collaboration reinforces that green hydrogen is a practical, implementable solution for a range of difficult-to-decarbonise industries," said FFI CEO Julie Shuttleworth.

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Fortescue Metals, FFI
1/18/2022

Processing at Chinese refineries increased 4.3% last year over 2020, hitting a new record as demand went up. Refinery throughput reached about 14 million barrels per day, an estimated 620,000 bpd increase, according to the country's National Bureau of Statistics.

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Reuters
1/18/2022

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, evaluated the potential for forest
residues to be used to generate biofuels and engineered wood products, helping to decrease
carbon emissions associated with the rot and decay of these residues. They calculated that this
strategy could result in up to 39% fewer carbon emissions than the business-as-usual scenario.

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University of California
1/14/2022

Trust is built when you're dependable, believable, do your work and connect with people, writes Randy Conley. This simple formula is essential during tumultuous times or when expressing yourself carries risk, as "[t]here's no need for trust if there's no risk involved," Conley writes.

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