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All Hail The Electric Cello And Futuristic Plastics

In the third grade my music teacher had us make a miniature model of the musical instrument of our choice. I chose the cello. I was so proud of my creation and couldn't wait to showcase it in front of my peers.

De-Skunking Video Wins ACS Everyday Chemistry Contest

I am thankful that I've never needed a remedy for de-skunking a dog. However, I'm sure I've just tempted fate. No worries, this video, which was the winner of a contest sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), gives me the lowdown on getting the skunk stink out of my...

Air Products' Rock Band Set For Swan Song Shows

In 2001 Fortune magazine named Air Products' rock band, The Difference, the “Best Corporate Rock Band in America.” Since 2000, Fortune has partnered with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland to host a battle of the corporate bands.

Smog-Busting Street Cleans Up Pollution

A recent press release from IChemE reveals a smog-eating street. I can't help but picture a road lifting up its concrete slab and noshing on nitrogen oxide to rid the world of nasty smog. The caption would say: "Taking A Bite Out Of Pollution" a la McGruff the Crime Dog...

Wooden Batteries Solve Environmental Issue

I have a coffee can full of old batteries. I don't want to toss them in the trash – those things leak all sorts of unfriendly stuff into the environment. Each time I look at the can, I think – why can't they come up with an environmentally friendly battery?...

Looming Phosphorus Shortage May Prompt Recovery from Urine

Well, we are all in trouble if we have to start recycling our urine to save the world's phosphorus supply. : Current estimates suggest that phosphorus production could peak by 2030 and could be exhausted in the next 50-100 years.

The Artificial Nose Knows That Smell

My co-worker loves beer. So much so that he took a class to earn his Cicerone certification. A Cicerone is the beer world's version of a wine Sommelier. Part of this program involves training the nose to know when something is amiss, afoul or just plain gross.

AkzoNobel Presents First North American Science Award

On June 6, I attended AkzoNobel's inaugural North American Innovation Conference, held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The venue was an ideal setting to celebrate the company's achievements in science and industry, and honor Professor Krzysztof (Kris) Matyjaszewski, Ph.D., of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, with the...

Hybrid Clay Could Be The Cost-Effective Answer To Water Purification

A study on “hybrid clay” that appears in the journal American Chemical Society (ACS) Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering suggests an inexpensive new material made of clay and papaya seeds removes harmful metals from water and could lower the cost of providing clean water to millions of people in the developing world.

Orange You Glad There's A Plan For Waste?

You've got to squeeze a lot of oranges to get a glass of juice. The lesson: It takes a lot of work to get to the reward. The fact: The reward leaves behind a lot of waste.