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Only the Most Important News on Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Toxic Chemicals


Many exciting developments are happening in chemistry. Some are theoretical and aid our understanding of the universe, while others have application potential and will soon be incorporated into cool gadgets, and yet others are immediately relevant to our health and environment and are affecting us now. Click on the links below to learn more about the topics personally handpicked by profTK.


December 27, 2007
Orexin A is a promising candidate to replace sleep (Wired). More info
December 27, 2007
Top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2007 (Wired). More info
December 24, 2007
2007 chemistry highlights (C&EN). More info
December 24, 2007
Chemical industry: 2007 in review (C&EN). More info
December 24, 2007
Ultrafast electron microscope can track three-dimensional structural changes on the atomic timescale (C&EN). More info
December 21, 2007
Congress directs EPA to re-open its libraries (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility). More info
December 21, 2007
Top 25 science stories of 2007 (Scientific American). More info
December 19, 2007
President Bush signs a bill to increase fuel efficiency by 40 percent to an industry average 35 miles per gallon by 2020, and also increases production of ethanol use to 36 billion gallons a year by 2022 (MSNBC). More info
December 19, 2007
US EPA denies California's petition to limit greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles (Washington Post). More info
December 17, 2007
Costs of Biofuels: two opposing views on efficiency of biofuels (C&EN). More info
December 12, 2007
Top 100 science stories of 2007 (Discover). More info
December 12, 2007
Power companies are beginning to file applications to build up to 32 nuclear plants over the next 20 years, the first since the 1979 (USA Today). More info
December 11, 2007
Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech by Al Gore. More info
December 10, 2007
Metabolomics: chemistry of metabolism (ES&T). More info
December 10, 2007
Political interference with climate change science under the Bush Administration (report by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ). More info
December 10, 2007
EPA announces regulatory priorities (US EPA). More info
December 4, 2007
US EPA released its second set of High Production Volume (HPV) chemical hazard characterizations (US EPA). More info
December 4, 2007
Environmental Working Group sounds alarm on bisphenol-A, or BPA, in lining of baby formula cans and polycarbonate plastic products, including baby bottles (CNN video). More info
December 3, 2007
Chemistry graduates of 2006: Salaries & Jobs (C&EN). More info
December 3, 2007
Congress asks for more analysis of proposal for burning hazardous waste as fuel (C&EN). More info
November 30, 2007
Launch of US EPA - China Environmental Law Initiative (US EPA). More info
November 30, 2007
150 global companies seek mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (Washington Post). More info
November 30, 2007
Final report on reproductive and developmental toxicity of Bisphenol A, a common plastics ingredient (National Toxicology Program). More info
November 30, 2007
U.S., EU and Canada form a working group on environmental performance verification (International Working Group on Environmental Performance Verification). More info
November 27, 2007
US EPA launches GreenChill program to promote the use of advanced supermarket refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce emissions of ozone depleting and greenhouse gas refrigerants. (US EPA). More info
November 17, 2007
U.N. panel releases new report urging global cooperation: Summary for Policymakers of the AR4 Synthesis Report (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). More info
November 14, 2007
The challenge of regulating nanomaterials (ES&T). More info
November, 2007
Chemicals in the news (Comparative Toxicogenomics Database). More info
November 12, 2007
Is it In Us; biomonitroing study on 35 people, including legislators from seven states (Body Burden Work Group and Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center). More info
May, 2007
EPA and Nanotechnology: Oversight for the 21st Century ( report by Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies). More info
November 11-14, 2007
Energy efficiency global forum and exposition (Washingotn, DC). More info
November 7, 2007
New type of quintuple-bonded dichromium complex has the shortest metal-metal bond yet (C&EN). More info
November 6, 2007
Most people are ready to make personal sacrifices to address climate change (BBC poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries). More info
November 2, 2007
Chemicals of interest list for chemical facility anti-terrorism standards (US Homeland Security).More info
October 29, 2007
Scientific and ethical approaches for observational exposure studies in humans (US EPA). More info
October 29, 2007
Heroes of the Environment (Time Magazine). More info
October 25, 2007
Newly discovered magnesium and aluminum isotopes push the limits of nuclear stability (Michigan State Universityís National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory). More info
October 23, 2007
Planet in Peril; worldwide investigation looks at four key issues: climate change, vanishing habitats, disappearing species and human population growth (CNN). More info
October 22, 2007
Updated "REACH in Brief" released; plain English description of the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) law (European Union). More info
October 21-27, 2007
National Chemistry Week. More info
October 14, 2007
California is the first U.S. state to impose severe limits (concentrations not to exceed 0.1%) on phthalates in kid articles (CA State Assembly). More info
October 11, 2007
Sceince's worst enemy is corporate funding (Discover). More info
October 9, 2007
National Research Council recommends that genomic methods to identify toxic chemicals be developed (National Academies Press). More info
October 9, 2007
Ecoburials (Sacramento Bee). More info
October 9, 2007
Green chemistry programs are emerging on campuses across the country (Washington Post). More info
October 7, 2007
A compound with mercury in the 4 oxidation state is synthesized (C&EN). More info
October 4, 2007
Will biofuels leave us without food (BBC)? More info
October 2, 2007
National Science Board National recommends Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System (National Science Board). More info
September 27, 2007
Office of Inspector General criticizes effectiveness of EPA voluntary programs (OIG, EPA). More info
September 25, 2007
Permits for 2 new nuclear reactors sought; more than 30 additional nuclear power plants are being considered (Nuclear Energy Institute). More info
September 25, 2007
Government Accountability Office (GAO) outlined some of the differences between the approaches for chemical regulation in the United States and European Union (GAO). More info
September 20, 2007
Environmental groups petition U.S. to regulate air fresheners. More info
September 19, 2007
The White House Office of Management and Budget replaces the draft risk-assessment bulletin issued last year with an updated memorandum based on risk analysis principles previously released by OMB in 1995. More info
September 17, 2007
Scientists say a new DNA test may help prove if people have had their health damaged by exposure to chemicals. More info
September 17, 2007
Green festival to be held at Washington, DC on October 6 & 7, 2007. More info
September 17, 2007
Matter-antimatter entity: a molecule of two positronium atoms (Chemical & Engineering News). More info
September 17, 2007
Learning chemistry to become informed consumers (Chemical & Engineering News). More info
September 16, 2007
Some of the nationís biggest industries are pushing for new federal regulations (New York Times). More info
September 10, 2007
New photo printers coming soon - they require no ink and come in the size of an iPod (Zink Imaging). More info
September 10, 2007
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases hazard characterizations for 101 high production volume chemicals. By 2012, about 3000 additional HPV chemicals will be reviewed (U.S. EPA). More info
September 7, 2007
Future reduction of sea ice in the Arctic could result in a loss of 2/3 of the world's polar bear population within 50 years (U.S. Geological Survey). More info
September 5, 2007
China steps up to clean its reputation (New York Times). More info
September 5, 2007
Major popcorn supplier to drop diacetyl (Seattle Post Intelligencer).More info
September 5, 2007
Slowly but surely, scientists are unveiling the complex chemical underpinnings of memory (Chemical & Engineering News). More info
September 1, 2007
The nation's first renewable fuels standard program is set to take effect September 1, 2007 (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). More info
August 27, 2007
Researchers find a new way to split dinitrogen (Chemical & Engineering News). More info
August 27, 2007
Chemistry drives development of new low-cost solar cells (Chemical & Engineering News). More info
August 21, 2007
"Montebello Agreement" made at the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America Leaders' Summit: U.S., Canada and Mexico take lead to manage industrial chemicals (US EPA). More info
August 15, 2007
Water-pitcher filters miss lead particles. (Environmental Science & Technology). More info
August 13, 2007
The entire periodic table is at your disposal, so what do you want to make (Chemical & Engineering News)? More info
August 6, 2007
Toxicity testing without animals (Chemical & Engineering News). More info
July 24, 2007
China placed first at the 39th International Chemistry Olympiad; all U.S. members earned a medal (International Chemistry Olympiad). More info
July 23, 2007
Six chemical society presidents pledge support for sustainable development (Chemical & Engineering News). More info
June 12, 2007
National Academies of Science report calls for new direction and approaches in testing chemicals for toxicity in humans (National Academies of Science). More info
June 4, 2007
Ultrafast lasers have enormous promise (Business Week). More info
May 16, 2007
Six industry teams have successfully completed tests of the first solid oxide fuel cell prototypes that can be manufactured at costs approaching those of conventional stationary power-generation technology (U.S. Department of Energy). More info
May 10, 2007
Report on the Environment (US EPA). More info
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