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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.

French PM says ban on 'bee-killer' pesticide will go ahead

Paris - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe weighed in on a row between his environment and agriculture ministers on Monday to rule that a pesticide found harmful to bees would be banned in 2018 as scheduled.

Belgian frites too 'chic' for EU ban

Brussels - The European Commission staunchly denied Tuesday that it was trying to ban Belgian fries, saying Belgium's deep fried treat was too "chic" to fall victim to Brussels red tape.

Everyday chemical in new cancer risk

A new study highlights a concern with byproducts of alcohol (called aldehydes). These chemicals can, under certain conditions, trigger cancer by altering the ability of human cells to repair damaged DNA.

One million sign petition for EU weedkiller ban

Strasbourg - More than one million people have signed a petition demanding the EU ban the Monsanto weedkiller glyphosate over fears it causes cancer, campaigners said Thursday.

Nations urged to 'banish evil of chemical arms'

Den Haag - World leaders on Wednesday urged all nations to help "banish forever the evil of chemical weapons," as the global watchdog warned decades of progress towards eliminating them was under threat.

Link between common synthetic chemicals and diabetes

Researchers have drawn a connection between the synthetic chemicals typically found in insecticides and other garden products and an affect these play on the receptors that govern our biological clocks. The disruption could lead to diabetes.

Essential Science: Using bacteria to generate useful chemicals

Bacterial cells have been engineered to produce quantities of a chemical called serine. This chemical has a useful function – it is used to manufacture detergents and its acts as a building block for many industrially important chemicals.

German chemical plant blast toll rises to four

Frankfurt - The BASF chemical giant on Saturday said a firefighter injured in an explosion at its plant in western Germany earlier this month had died, pushing the death toll up to four.

German chemical plant explosion toll rises to three

Frankfurt - Divers on Wednesday found the body of a man at a BASF chemical plant in western Germany where an explosion occurred on Monday, police said, bringing the death toll to three.

One still missing after deadly fire at Germany BASF plant

Frankfurt - Firefighters on Monday evening extinguished a blaze at a BASF chemical plant in western Germany where two colleagues were killed in a major blast, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

One killed, six missing in blast at German chemical plant: BASF

Ludwigshafen - One person was killed in a blast at a BASF chemical plant in western Germany Monday, the company said, adding that six others were missing and six more were injured.

Essential Science: New fabric overcomes chemical warfare agents

Chemists have fashioned what they’re terming a ‘nano-kebab fabric’ that is resistant to most chemical warfare agents. The aim is to use the fabric to protect military personnel in the combat field.

Are Americans at risk from unsafe drinking water?

Washington - The drinking water supplied to over six million people in the U.S. could be unsafe, according to new research. This is based on a review of chemicals present in the water.

New device allows instant detection of unknown liquids

Technologists have developed a new portable device which can instantly identify common types of liquids, including oils. The main application is for spillages, to assess if the spills are dangerous chemicals.

Explosions at chemical storage company in eastern China

Shanghai - A facility storing chemicals and fuel caught fire and was rocked by explosions in the Chinese city of Jingjiang on Friday, the government and reports said, but no casualties were reported.

Tracking fuel leaks and explosives with novel method

University of Utah engineers have created a novel material that can detect fuel leaks and fuel-based explosives. When commercialized, the material will assist with screening and safety.
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