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Phthalates Linked to Lower IQ

Posted February 19, 2015 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Prenatal exposure to certain common chemicals can put infants at risk of a lower IQ and cognitive impairment, a new study shows. Research from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health compared children of inner-city mothers who had been tested for phthalates exposure during pregnancy. Kids whose mothers had the highest exposure to two specific compounds, di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), were found to have IQs seven points lower on average than those whose moms had the least exposure. Children with higher exposures also showed poorer reasoning and memory skills.


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Certified Green Products Win Out

Posted January 26, 2015 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

It's a given that today's environmentally-conscious consumers prefer green products, everything from apparel and electronics to personal care and household cleaning items. But which green claims are most effective? In a survey of more than 1,000 consumers that generated almost 42,000 comparisons of various green product claims, Underwriters Laboratories found that certified claims won out in every category. The survey also showed that consumers reacted negatively to claims that were over technical, overly generic, or used a green logo without qualifying language.


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Bio-lubricants to Top $2.6 Billion

Posted December 09, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

The global market for bio-lubricants - everything from motor oil to mechanical greases - is expected to top $2.6 billion by 2020, according to a new market research study. So-called green lubricants are fast gaining in popularity because of their biodegradability, constant viscosity, lower emissions, and high flash point. The top raw material for these lubricants is vegetable oil, such as palm oil and castor oil, with demand exceeding 450,000 metric tons last year. However, the high cost to produce compared with conventional synthetic lubricants and a limited application scope are expected to hold back growth in the near term.


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Technologies to Promote Self-healing

Posted November 27, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Comic book heroes and cartoon characters that can heal themselves are the stuff of fiction. But, wait, not so fast, says the U.S. Department of Defense. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, has embarked on a program called ElectRx to develop technologies that, in effect, allow the human body to restore itself to health. This novel approach to self-healing is based on electro therapies that target the peripheral nervous system to promote self-healing, reduce dependence on traditional medications, and provide new treatment options for illnesses.


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Taking a Toxin's Fingerprint Reveals Potential Hazards

Posted September 18, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

In an age of chemical biological warfare, hazardous spills, and terrorist threats, detecting the presence of toxic chemicals is a growing concern. The problem is that current detection methods can be slow and imprecise. Now, researchers in Scotland are developing a portable laser device that can rapidly identify a hazardous substance. The technology uses lasers that pulse light lasting less than one millionth of one millionth of a second to read a chemical's 'color fingerprint' and detect whether it's toxic or not.


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North America Tops in Biopolymers

Posted May 19, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

The market for biopolymers - those containing material produced from renewable sources - is growing rapidly, driven largely by industrial demand in North America and Europe, with Asia following close behind. Currently, North America is the largest market for biopolymers, consuming more than one-third of total demand, according to a recently released market research report. Packaging is the largest application, representing more than 57% of demand. The most common biopolymer types are polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and polylactic acid.


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