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Offer Your Solution To September's Process Puzzler

We overhauled our isobutene/n-butane fractionating column during a recent turnaround. We cleaned its sieve trays, replaced the reboiler (a circulating thermosyphon) and slightly lowered the suction nozzle to avoid splashing the bottom tray. The bottom-most thermocouple failed during start-up total reflux; it went full-scale.

Plastic, Heal Thyself

Scratches, dents and dings could be things of the past if futuristic science has anything to say about it. Indeed, a recent episode of Bytesize Science explores materials that mimic the human skin's ability to heal scratches and cuts.

Have a Safe July 4th Holiday!

Last week, Khalid Aldawsari was convicted by a federal jury of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. As previously reported, Aldawsari is the Saudi college student arrested in February 2011 after law enforcement officials were tipped off by a chemical supplier and shipping company he attempted to use...

Rock, Paper, Scissors Will Never Be The Same

I knew it! I knew there was a way to cheat at rock, paper, scissors. For years I've always fell victim to "champion" players – those so agile, adept and calculating that I could never seem to pick the right object to beat them at their own game.

2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit Announced

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will be hosting its sixth annual Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore, Maryland July 31 – August 1, 2012. The Summit – which is co-funded by the DHS National Protection & Programs Directorate’s Office of Infrastructure Protection (NPPD/IP) and SOCMA (Society...

Port Security Grant Program Legislation Introduced

U.S. House Representative Laura Richardson (D-CA) recently introduced two bills that would expand the ways grantees can use grant money awarded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Port Security Grant Program (PSGP): H.R. 5802, the Port Security Equipment Act of 2012 and H.R.

ISCD Conducts 1000th Compliance Assistance Visit (CAV)

The Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) recently announced that it had completed its 1000th CFATS Compliance Assistance Visit (CAV).

Lights, Camera, Periodic Table Of Elements And Action

Never say chemists lack creativity.

Bayer Creates Plastic With A Memory

Bayer MaterialScience and BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing have developed shape memory plastics. Zap the plastic with heat and it goes back to its original shape. How cool is that? And I must admit that while I was reading the release, I started daydreaming about technology that...

SOCMA’s 5th Annual Washington Fly-In

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) recently held its 5th Annual Washington Fly-In in D.C. At the day and a half event, members heard from Congressional speakers, networked with fellow SOCMA members, and had the opportunity to directly voice their concerns on Capitol Hill.