Voices: End Point


A Look Back: Reporting on the Chemical Industry in the 1990s

June 26, 2024
What does a rant from RAF, chicken droppings and adultery have to do with the chemical industry? Seán Ottewell shares some of the more interesting stories of his time as a chemical...
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Safety Lessons from the Great Molasses Flood of 1919

June 7, 2024
Discover the catastrophic events of the Great Molasses Flood, where engineering failures led to a deadly wave of syrup in Boston’s North End.
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How Processors Turned Battlefield Bones into Raw Materials

May 3, 2024
Learn how bones from the Battle of Waterloo found their way into the burgeoning fertilizer and sugar industries, shaping agricultural and industrial innovations.
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Discovery: Using Compound Adhesives, Neanderthals Were Smarter Than We Thought

March 25, 2024
Today's multi-billion-dollar adhesives industry can be traced back more than 50,000 years to Neanderthals first using multicomponent adhesives to make tools.
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From Face Masks to Hydrogen-Rich Syngas

Feb. 14, 2024
An excess of single-use PPE waste from COVID-19 has researchers trying to find ways to convert biomedical waste to useful material.
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How Scientists Identify a Wine’s Chemical Signature

Jan. 17, 2024
A novel method of gas chromatography and machine learning pinpoints the exact region where a vintage originated, rivaling that of human wine tasters.
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“Polluter Pays Principle” Challenged in EU Study

Jan. 2, 2024
Authors of a European Union study suggest a hybrid approach to handling efficient removal of pharmaceuticals from wastewater.
Source: Olof Lönnehed
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Bring a Mug and Ditch Your Straws: The Paradox of Paper

Nov. 2, 2023
Research shows a thin layer of biodegradable plastic in paper coffee cups and PFAS found in paper straws can leach and contaminate the environment.

Memories Revived of Fatal 1992 Hickson and Welch Blast

Oct. 17, 2023
After seeing recent pictures of an abandoned Hickson and Welch plant, Seán Ottewell recalls the fatal explosion that occurred there in 1992, and the impactful report that followed...
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REACH Animal Tests Could Top 11 Million

Sept. 20, 2023
Study reveals hazard assessment tests performed on animals continue and animal-free, alternative test methods are rarely used.

Kousi Advocates for Women in STEM

Aug. 25, 2023
Dr. Kelly Kousi passionately advocates for more women in STEM roles, joining the Greek Women in STEM organization to mentor both men and women. She was recently named a finalist...
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U.S. Chemical Weapons Stockpile Nears End

July 19, 2023
Two sites have been tasked with destroying chemical agents, including mustard gas, by Sept. 30 of this year.
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Electrochemical Researcher Investigates AI to Advance Clean Energy

June 13, 2023
With the rise of AI and digital technologies, one researcher believes the future of chemical engineering and clean energy largely relies on electrochemistry and electrochemical...
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EU Shares Roadmap to Harnessing Digital Technologies

May 16, 2023
The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) and management consulting firm Arthur D Little share how the chemical industry can adopt digital technologies to create a circular...
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CFC Emissions See Mysterious Rise

April 19, 2023
A team of scientists found levels of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have mysteriously risen dramatically despite their global phase-out.
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Rotating Shifts Linked to Prostate Cancer

March 14, 2023
Researchers have found long-term exposure to rollover shift work is associated with an increased hazard of aggressive prostate cancer in offshore petroleum workers.
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Hydrogen Not the Answer in Net-Zero Emissions

Feb. 10, 2023
UK committee says hydrogen is not a panacea to pollution problems
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Gene Tool Fixates on Fungi

Jan. 20, 2023
Chemical and biochemical engineers at Rice University now are able to isolate new chemical compounds from fungi, potentially opening the door to many more novel drugs and other...
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Modeling Targets Marine Microplastics Accumulation

Dec. 19, 2022
A study carried out by researchers at Ehime University, Japan, has revealed the 75-year accumulation rate history of microplastics from 0.3–5mm in coastal sediments — and the ...
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Baltic Blasts Cause Chemical Weapons Concerns

Nov. 14, 2022
A gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea ruptured dangerously close to a discarded stockpile of World War II era German chemical weapons and munitions, prompting fears of environmental...
Climate Impact On Financial Statements

Companies Score Poorly in Climate-Related Audits

Oct. 26, 2022
Study finds multinational corporations and their auditors fail to consider the impacts of climate-related issues on company financial statements.
Source: Arges Lab/Penn State.

Water Treatment: Membranes Deliver Purification Portability

Oct. 3, 2022
Membrane capacitive deionization technology has the potential to make water purification more portable for use in remote or disaster-relief areas.

Are PFAS On Their Way Out?

Aug. 16, 2022
Strategies arise to combat PFAS as more studies reveal the health hazards of the chemicals

Biodegradable Materials Need A Closer Look

July 18, 2022
A 10-year biodiversity probe raises questions for the chemical industry

Small Modular Reactors Pose Waste Handling Issues

June 26, 2022
Study reveals small modular reactors produce more nuclear waste than traditional ones