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Winter Olympics showcase futuristic goggles

Competitors in Vancouver‘s Winter Olympics have been displaying state of the art goggles which show speed, timings and store data for future analysis. The lightweight plastic Transcend goggles “can save a full day’s ski or snowboard runs into PC software that plots route and performance information through every twist, turn or slalom gate,” according to […]

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Peak Oil will be $150-200/barrel in next 5 years – Arup

Oil will peak at $150-200/barrel in the next five years, said John Miles, global leader for energy resources and industry at consulting engineers Arup, on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme this morning.   Representing the findings of a group of business leaders calling for urgent action to prepare the UK for peak oil, he claimed […]

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Ethanol bonanza over as swineflu fears recede

The ICIS Ethanol (Europe) report this week had a few comments on the fact that demand for ethanol into handwash had taken a nosedive.   This previous boom sector had dwindled away because concerns over swineflu had become a thing of the past.   Those of us with limited attention spans have failed to keep […]

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Rhodia’s huge windfall from emission cuts

It’s no laughing matter, but you’ve got to be impressed by Rhodia’s ability to claim €158m in ebidta from certified emission reductions (CERs) in 2008, compared to the €142m in profit from its nylon business.   Rhodia described the gains as “an unexpected boost to cashflow”, according to an article in the Financial Times: “Chemical […]

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CIA Dinner – lower numbers but greater stamina

The ICIS contingent at last night’s Chemical Industries Association (CIA) dinner has now recovered sufficiently to be able to string a few words together about the event…   A great time was had by all in the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday evening at the CIA’s annual dinner. The CIA […]

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Average British woman wears 515 chemicals

British women are clearly the saviours of the chemical industry, according to research by deodorant-maker Bionsen and reported on Reuters. In the moisturisers, body lotions, perfumes, deodorants and makeup she wears, the average woman in the UK is unwittingly carrying around 515 chemicals on her body every day, Bionsen found in a poll of 2,016 British women. Presumably a whole […]

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Hells Angels trafficking Butanediol

Truong Mellor, editor of the ICIS butanediol (BDO) report writes …   In a petrochemical story unlikely to make the ICIS news website, the Australian media has reported that a high-ranking member of a Hells Angels motorcycle gang is facing serious drug charges.   It is alleged the gang has been involved in trafficking large […]

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Polyethylene glycol causes man’s allergy to wife

A UK bus driver became allergic to his wife due to his reaction to polyethylene glycol, according to this article in the Telegraph.   He discovered his allergy when he was given a steroid injection containing polyethylene glycol to treat a problem with his foot. His face swelled up, his heart stopped and he had […]

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Go-faster polyurethane swimsuits break records and flatten paunches

Polyurethane swimsuits are again causing an uproar in the international world of swimming. The 50,000 members of U.S. Masters Swimming are divided over the neck-to-ankle polymer suits, and some members of the association are accusing their fellows of unfair propulsion and are pushing for a ban.   This follows the decision in July by the […]

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Gory chemical news

Glycols are back in the news and not in a good way. I read at the weekend about cats being poisoned when they drink up glycol-based antifreeze in the streets. Keen chemical reporters who set up Google alerts on glycols find that they are regularly sent news items about accidental deaths and even murders. Last […]

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