Archive | June, 2009

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Photo: Ruby Wax at the Madrid EPL

This happy photo was snapped at the Madrid EPL on 25 June 2009, where Ruby Wax was the speaker. Here she is with EPL stalwart David Cartwright, enjoying a cosy moment at the dinner on Thursday night.    Since it was a forum for chemicals and polymers people, dinner guests were pleased to report back […]

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First outing for new fluoropolymer Wimbledon roof

At last the new roof on Centre Court, Wimbledon, was rolled out on Monday evening, and in all the fuss about the roof and of course the first tennis match beneath it, and the lateness of the hour, was anyone interested in what it was made of?   According to its designers, Populous, the retractable roof is made of […]

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Springsteen at Glastonbury in comfort

I was watching Bruce Springsteen’s set at the Glastonbury Festival last night, recorded from Saturday, marvelling at his energy and how wonderfully comfortable it was to be watching with my feet up at home without having waited six hours to get near the front for the same kind of view. Even better, in real life (IRL) it took two-and-half-hours, but […]

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Boiling hot at EPL Madrid

All the news and gossip from last week’s European Petrochemical Luncheon (EPL) in Madrid is gradually filtering back to the Blog.  All anyone could talk about at the time was the heat: 37 deg C and extremely dry. “I feel like I’m turning to dust,” said one Houston visitor, more used to the 104 deg F […]

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Fabulous chemical plant photos

  Artistic photos of chemical plant are hidden away in this corner of the ICIS Connect forum, where photographers have uploaded some of their most spectacular shots.   The Blog has followed the trail which leads to group of 37 member photographers on Flickr with a collection of 96 dramatic and stylish photos of chemical plant, taken […]

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Ahmadinejad Assails Obama AT PETROCHEMICAL PLANT

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told President Obama on Thursday to avoid interfering in Iran’s affairs, during a cermony to open an Iranian petrochemical plant at Assaluyeh, according to a small paragraph spotted right at the bottom of this article in the New York Times by my eagle-eyed colleague, ICIS sub-editor Kristian Vieru.

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Musical interlude at NPE in Chicago

ICIS news has been out in force at the major National Plastics Exhibition (NPE) in Chicago, for this whole week 22-26 June. Attendance at the conference was a bit down, but the number of exhibitors was up. Al Greenwood, deputy news editor of ICIS in Houston has helpfully sent the Blog this picture from the conference. “This […]

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Plastic windows face wrath of conservationists

“I’m afraid conservation areas are suffering a plague of plastic windows,” the chief executive of English Heritage was quoted in today’s Telegraph.co.uk.   “I would never in a million years put one in,” he continued.   The conservationist body described uPVC windows and doors as the most serious of all threats to beautiful places of “special […]

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Swine flu stalks the ACC conference

ICIS Houston managing editor Stephen Burns survived the ACC conference, and sends this tale and video …   The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has revealed that an attendee at its annual meeting in Colorado Springs earlier this month had contracted the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.   “Our information indicates that this individual […]

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Washing machine replaces water with tiny nylon polymer beads

A new green-friendly washing machine — that uses only one cup of water along with tiny nylon polymer beads – is set to go on sale next year, according to this article today.   The machine leaves clothes virtually dry and aims to save up to 90% of water used by conventional machines, and 30% less energy. […]

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