December 12, 2016 2 min to read

Four ag giants to rule them all

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Bayer, Dow, Syngenta pursued deals with rivals to ensure profitability, innovation Melody M. Bomgardner A Bayer scientist inspects cotton fibers at a research facility in Lubbock, Texas.Credit: Bayer 2016 was the year that the dominoes fell on consolidation in the seeds and crop protection industry. Monsanto was the first agriculture...

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2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry at a glance

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Here’s who made the trip to Stockholm this year Bethany Halford Three chemists made the trip to Stockholm this year for their work on the design and synthesis of interlocked molecules and molecular machines, such as catenanes, rotaxanes, and molecular motors. Ben L. Feringa, University of Groningen (left) Credit: Courtesy of Ben Fe...

December 12, 2016 2 min to read

Brexit bomb exploded

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The chemistry enterprise faces uncertainty after British citizens voted to leave the EU Alex Scott Credit: Yang H. Ku/C&EN/Shutterstock One of Europe’s biggest political shocks in recent years was the British public’s June 23 decision to exit—or Brexit—the European Union. Many within the chemistry enterprise are now worri...

December 12, 2016 1 min to read

Focus returned to Iran’s chemical industry

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Lifting of sanctions draws interest of BASF, Shell, Total, and others Alex Scott Iran hopes petrochemical deals with foreign firms will boost its economy.Credit: Shutterstock The lifting of international sanctions on Iran in the spring of 2016 kick-started negotiations between Iranian authorities and a slew of western and Asian firms...

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Overtime pay limit doubles under Obama administration

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Salary boost for research postdocs faces uncertainty Andrea Widener $47,476 —This is the salary below which employees—including research postdocs—must receive overtime pay under White House rules issued in 2016, up from the previous limit of $23,660. The rule’s fate is unclear, however, because a federal judge blocked it from...

December 13, 2016 1 min to read

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 ...

December 13, 2016 1 min to read

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...

December 13, 2016 2 min to read

From the lab to the market

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Several new technologies hit commercial milestones in 2016 C&EN Business Department A microbial seed coating from Monsanto and Novozymes helps corn grow healthier roots.Credit: Monsanto/Novozymes Vigorous year for plant microbes Purveyors of microbes that boost plant health raised capital and launched products this year. Boston-b...

December 13, 2016 1 min to read

Paris Agreement to curb climate change took off

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Countries also clinched deal to limit hydrofluorocarbon use Cheryl Hogue This year saw the official launch of the first international climate change accord that calls for greenhouse gas emission controls by nearly the entire world. That deal, the Paris Agreement, was completed in December 2015 in the French capital. This April, the a...

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World chemical production at a glance

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Growth ebbed in North America and Europe but accelerated in Asia Note: Percent changes are to production volumes.Source: American Chemistry Council   ...