Category: Top headlines of 2016

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The CRISPR craze continued

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Patents were disputed, companies went public, and CRISPR-edited cells made it into humans Ryan Cross Guide RNA (green) directs the Cas9 enzyme (space-filling structure) to a specific site in DNA (red) for editing.Credit: Ian Slaymaker & Lauren Solomon/courtesy of Broad Institute The buzz over CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology ...

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The shale gas boom by the numbers

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Alex Tullo $170 billion The amount of U.S. investment that chemical companies have announced since the beginning of the decade due to cheap shale gas, according to the American Chemistry Council. The trade group attributes 275 projects to the new gas resource.   8 The number of 180-m tankers that Ineos hopes will deliver inexpen...

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Perfluorinated compounds got increased scrutiny

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Federal agencies and courts had their say on the environmentally long-lived substances Jessica Morrison, Marc S. Reisch Credit: Steve Johnson/Flickr Two perfluorinated compounds—perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)—were the focus of U.S. federal regulation and a handful of lawsuits in 2016. Though th...

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ACS launched new journals

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ACS Earth & Space Chemistry and ACS Energy Letters debuted this year Linda Wang ACS Earth & Space Chemistry will publish high-impact research in the fields of geochemistry, atmospheric and ocean chemistry, astronomy, and analytical geochemistry. Editor: Joel D. Blum of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor First issue: early ...

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Website search terms of the year

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Once on C&EN’s site, these are the subjects that readers looked up the most often in 2016 Note: In this word cloud, how big a term appears correlates with how many times it was searched.Source: Google Analytics   ...

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Crop protection products in the crosshairs

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Health and environmental concerns prompted regulatory action Britt E. Erickson EPA concluded in a draft assessment that the triazine herbicide, widely used on corn, poses a health risk to many plants and animals. The agency is expected to make a final decision about atrazine before the end of the year.   EPA proposed twice this...

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Biobased materials hit the big time

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Companies making polymers from biomass noted substantial progress in 2016 Alexander H. Tullo With oil prices half what they were just a couple of years ago, 2016 would seem like an unlikely breakout year for biobased chemicals. But several firms in the field hit major commercial milestones over the past 12 months. Avantium and BASF f...

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No better deal emerged for Mossville, La.

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Residents are frustrated as the South African company’s buyout program nears completion Rick Mullin Dump trucks lined up to move dirt for Sasol’s project.Credit: Fluor   By the time C&EN visited Mossville, La., in February 2016, most of the town’s residents had left, opting to take a voluntary buy-out offered by Sasol,...

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U.S. prepares for national food labeling standard

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Disclosure of genetically modified ingredients will soon be mandatory Britt E. Erickson Credit: Campbell Soup Company U.S. consumers are beginning to see labels on food products indicating whether they contain genetically modified ingredients, thanks to legislation enacted this year. The new law requires USDA to establish by July 201...

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Noble gas shortages averted, for now

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Higher prices and new sources made neon and helium more widely available Marc S. Reisch Credit: C&EN/Shutterstock   Users of helium and neon still get indigestion from recalling recent shortages of the two noble gases. But new investments this year by producers are likely to help stave off a repeat of earlier gut-wrenching e...