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Three detained over China chemical blast that killed 78

Bejing - Police have detained three suspects linked to a chemical plant blast in China, which killed 78 people and left hundreds injured, local officials said Wednesday.

Saudi Aramco buying $69 bn stake in chemicals giant SABIC

Apo - Saudi state oil giant Aramco said Wednesday it is buying a 70 percent stake in petrochemicals behemoth SABIC, in a deal worth $69.1 billion.

China factory blast death toll jumps to 64, man rescued after 40 hours

Bejing - The death toll in a chemical plant explosion in China rose to 64 Saturday but rescuers found a survivor among more than two dozen still missing in the debris of one of the country's worst industrial accidents in recent years.

China factory blast death toll jumps to 64, man rescued after 40 hours

Bejing - The death toll in a chemical plant explosion in China rose to 64 Saturday but rescuers found a survivor among more than two dozen still missing in the debris of one of the country's worst industrial accidents in recent years.

China probes factory blast after 62 killed

Yancheng - Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered local governments Friday to prevent any more industrial disasters after a chemical plant blast left 62 people dead, injured hundreds and flattened an industrial park in the latest such catastrophe to hit the country...

Death toll in China chemical plant blast rises to 12

Yancheng - The death toll from a huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China rose to 12 on Friday after rescuers pulled dozens of people from the area, state media said.

At least 10 dead in Egypt chemical plant blast

Apo - At least 10 people were killed Thursday in an explosion at a chemical plant in Ain Sokhna on Egypt's Red Sea coast, security and medical sources said.Two medics told AFP that 10 bodies had been received at a morgue in Suez.

Six dead, dozens injured as blast rocks China chemical plant

Bejing - A huge explosion rocked a chemical plant in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens as it knocked down factory buildings, damaged homes and sent a huge plume of smoke skyward.

Essential Science: Why does wine smell bad?

With many wines, laying them down for a long period improves them and this is a factor in good wines becoming great wines. However, sometimes wines go off and develop a bad smell. New research reveals why.

Monsanto appeals damning Roundup cancer verdict

San Francisco - Monsanto on Tuesday said it is asking an appeals court to toss out a damning verdict in a landmark Roundup weed-killer cancer trial and grant it another try.

France's ban on bee-killing pesticides begins Saturday

Paris - A ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides enters into force in France on Saturday, placing the country at the forefront of a campaign against chemicals blamed for decimating critical populations of crop-pollinating bees.

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Paris - Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy all across the globe and is classified by the World Health Organization as "probably" being carcinogenic...

US giant Monsanto known for controversial chemicals

San Francisco - From "Agent Orange" and DDT to genetically modified crops, Monsanto has long been associated with controversial chemicals, but a US court order for it to pay damages because one of its herbicides may cause cancer could open the door to thousands more c...

Brazil wrestles with ban of controversial weed killer

Bras - Brazil's government is contesting a court suspension of licenses for products with glyphosate, one of the most common industrial weedkillers and the subject of a high-profile US case against agrochemical colossus Monsanto.

Dying groundskeeper links Monsanto's Roundup to cancer

San Francisco - A California groundskeeper dying of cancer said Monday he would "never" have used Monsanto weed killer Roundup, had he known it could lead to his terminal illness.

Dying groundskeeper to testify in Roundup cancer trial

San Francisco - A California groundskeeper dying of cancer is slated to testify Monday before jurors hearing evidence in his lawsuit blaming Monsanto weed killer Roundup for his terminal illness.

Robot bloodhound tracks down odors

A new robot, dubbed a 'bloodhound', has been developed to track down odors on the ground. Such a device will be useful for detecting and addressing chemical spillages.

Bayer to ditch Monsanto name after mega-merger

Frankfurt Am Main - German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer will discard the name Monsanto when it takes over the controversial US seeds and pesticides producer this week, it said Monday.

Belgian firms 'exported nerve agent precursor to Syria'

Apo - Three Belgian companies are facing prosecution for allegedly exporting a chemical that can be used to make the deadly nerve agent sarin to Syria, in breach of international sanctions, officials said Wednesday.

Cancer risk from chemicals used to cure processed meats

A new study has added to the body evidence about cancer risks from certain chemicals used in the processed food industry. This time the focus is with chemicals used to cure processed meats.

At least six dead in Czech chemical plant blast

Prague - At least six people died and two were injured in an explosion Thursday at a Czech chemical plant in the northern town of Kralupy-nad-Vltavou, firefighters said.

At least six dead in Czech chemical plant blast

Prague - At least six people died and several others were seriously injured in an explosion Thursday at a Czech chemical plant in the northern town of Kralupy-nad-Vltavou, fire fighters said.

Essential Science: Cleaning chemicals linked to lung cancer

The association between household cleaning chemicals and respiratory problems has been raised over the past decade. A new study from the University of Bergen in Norway raises concerns about the longer-term impact.

Essential Science: New antibiotics from a molecular ‘sharpener’

Scientists have developed a "molecular pencil sharpener." This is a device that uses chemicals to generate a "warhead" of proteins that increase in toxicity once “sharpened”. The research has focused on killing the E. coli bacterium.

Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state

Mumbai - Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said Monday, highlighting lax safety standards in the country.

German firefighter dies 11 months after BASF explosion

Frankfurt Am Main - An October 2016 explosion at the main plant of German chemical giant BASF has claimed its fifth victim, nearly a year after the accident, the group said Tuesday.

Harvey has unleashed another disaster with large chemical spills

The two explosions at the chemical plant in Crosby, Texas are just a very small part of the health and environmental disaster facing victims of the flooding in the state.

Adding cigarette butts to asphalt can improve roads

Melbourne - Trillions of cigarette butts are produced every year worldwide, with the majority of them discarded into the environment. However, a team of scientists in Australia has come up with a unique use for all those useless butts.

Advanced weed-killer damages over 2.5 million acres of farmland

Pesticide "drifting" has hit U.S. farmers with a vengeance this year, affecting more than 16 states and over 2.5 million acres of crops as of mid-July. The economic losses nationally and to farmers, themselves could be devastating.

Popular sunscreen being tested in Canada as complaints mount

Vancouver - Health Canada has received several complaints from parents whose children sustained painful burns after using Banana Boat sunscreens. The health agency has opened an investigation and is doing its own testing on the product.
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