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New Polymer Additive Could Revolutionize Plastics Recycling

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Only 2 percent of the 78 million tons of manufactured plastics are currently recycled into similar products because polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), which account for two-thirds of the world’s plastics, have different chemical structures and cannot be efficiently repurposed together. That could all change with a discovery by a Cornell University research team. In this video, Geoffrey Coates, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, explains how his research team created a new, multiblock polymer that, when added in small measure to a mix of the two otherwise incompatible materials, creates a new and mechanically tough polymer. Not only does this tetrablock polymer show promise for improving recycling, it could spawn a whole new class of mechanically tough polymer blends.

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Susan Lindquist, Hsp90, Protein Folding Stress, Genetic Mutation, Disease

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Researchers Uncover a Role for HSP90 in Gene-Environment Interactions in Humans

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Researchers at Whitehead Institute have now uncovered a role for the protein-folding chaperone HSP90 in humans, not only as a modifier of the effects of mutations, but as a mediator of the impact of the environment on the function of mutant proteins. And these effects of HSP90 can alter the course of human diseases.

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Loyola Research Center Receives Green Building Award

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Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE) has received the prestigious LEED® gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Masdar Institute Pioneering Innovative Wastewater Treatment System

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Assistant Professor Shadi Wajih Hasan is Working to Develop Wastewater Treatment Systems for the Sustainable Production of High-Quality Water.

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Eliminating EPA "Crazy and Irresponsible" According to Cal State Channel Islands Environmental Science Expert

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Extreme Waves, Melting Canadian Glaciers, Lionfish in the Gulf, and More in the Environmental Science News Source

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UF/IFAS Entomologist Gets $200,000 to Help Develop Rapid Zika Detection

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Barry Alto, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of medical entomology, said scientists need better diagnostic tools to detect Zika virus to meet challenges to public health. He is working with collaborator Steven Benner at Firebird Biomolecular Sciences LLC to develop methods they hope should take about an hour – far less time than current testing methods.

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ACOEM Supports OSHA Rule on Silica Protections

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ACOEM applauds rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that will better protect workers from hazards of silica exposure.

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How Untreated Water Is Making Our Kids Sick: FSU Researcher Explores Possible Climate Change Link

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A Florida State University researcher has drawn a link between the impact of climate change and untreated drinking water on the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.

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Chinese Air Pollution Linked to Respiratory and Cardiovascular Deaths

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In the largest epidemiological study conducted in the developing world, researchers found that as exposures to fine particulate air pollution in 272 Chinese cities increase, so do deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

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European Citizens Launch Initiative to Ban Glyphosate

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A European Citizens’ Initiative to ban glyphosate (Roundup weedkiller)has been launched in four cities today. One million signatures are needed to prompt a response from the European Commission.

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Prenatal Bisphenol A Exposure Weakens Body’s Fullness Cues

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An expectant mother’s exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) can raise her offspring’s risk of obesity by reducing sensitivity to a hormone responsible for controlling appetite, according to a mouse study published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology.

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Global Consortium Formed to Educate Leaders on Climate and Health

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With funding from The Rockefeller Foundation, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health today announces a Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education to share best scientific and educational practices and design model curricula on the health impacts of climate change for academic and non-academic audiences.

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Cocktail of Bacteria-Killing Viruses Prevents Cholera Infection in Animal Models

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Oral administration of a cocktail of three viruses, all of which specifically kill cholera bacteria, protects against infection and prevents cholera-like symptoms in animal model experiments. The findings are the first to demonstrate the efficacy of a preventative, oral phage therapy.

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Fast Food Wrapper, perfluorinated chemicals, Pfcs, polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFASs

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New Study Finds Extensive Use of Fluorinated Chemicals in Fast Food Wrappers

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Previous studies have linked the chemicals to kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease, low birth weight and immunotoxicity in children, among other health issues.







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