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7/1/2020

Researchers have created a new emulsion with near-solid qualities that can effectively hold in place 3D-printed objects made of liquid inks until they cure. The new substance holds up to ultraviolet radiation and high temperatures better than the hydrogels that are typically used.

7/1/2020

The six major soy traders, including ADM, Cargill and LDC, have partnered with Solidaridad Brazil to boost sustainable soy production in the Cerrado region of the country. "Engaging with farmers is crucial for increasing productivity, reducing the pressure to expand into ecologically sensitive areas, and raising awareness about sustainable agriculture," says Ana Yaluff, sustainability manager for Europe at ADM.

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7/1/2020

A group of scientists have published an article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology saying that simply limiting total saturated fat intake is not useful because only certain saturated fats contribute to cardiovascular disease, while high-fat foods such as dairy, unprocessed meat and eggs do not. "Different SFAs have different biologic effects, which are further modified by the food matrix and the carbohydrate content of the diet," the researchers said, basing their thesis on a meta-analysis of dietary health studies.

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7/1/2020

Mice fed a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and black cumin oil showed improvements in metabolism and mitochondrial function, reduced adipocyte hypertrophy-induced inflammation and changes in fat cells from white to healthier beige. The research, published in the journal Antioxidants, suggests the supplement could treat effects of obesity and high-fat diets.

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7/1/2020

The Office of Management and Budget has released its spring Unified Agenda, outlining the Trump administration's plan to continue working toward its regulatory goals, including updating the cost-benefit analysis process and finalizing the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule. "With the rulemakings featured in this year's spring agenda, agencies will continue to rescind and revise regulations to promote economic recovery and growth," says Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Paul Ray.

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7/1/2020

House Republicans on Tuesday introduced several energy bills as alternatives to House Democrats' $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act. The measures aim to modernize US energy infrastructure by accelerating Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permitting and barring fracking bans.

7/1/2020

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to propose a new rule that will update its process for reviewing substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act, potentially accelerating the review process and giving the agency access to higher quality data. The EPA also expects to propose a rule in August that would label two types of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances as hazardous, said the EPA in the White House's spring Unified Agenda.

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7/1/2020

PolyOne has finalized its acquisition of Clariant's masterbatches business and changed its name to Avient. The deal supports Avient's ongoing shift toward specialty chemicals.

7/1/2020

Ascend Performance Materials is seeking regulatory clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to use Acteev Biodefend in surgical masks. Independent testing shows the material can deactivate 99% of viruses, bacteria and fungi, including the coronavirus.

7/1/2020

Four recent op-eds that suggest there's a correlation between exposure to purported endocrine disrupting chemicals and greater prevalence of the coronavirus and other diseases lack evidence, writes epidemiologist Gregory Bond. Bond offers additional clarity on the issue by separating fact from speculation.

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