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Chemophobia on Yahoo

By Allan Griff
Published: August 22nd, 2014

The article "Why Ramen Noodles Could Cut Your life Short" appeared prominently on the Yahoo site on August 14 and it is the most blatant and scientifically-wrong chemophobic rant that I've seen in a long time, and I see many. Styrofoam contains BPA? Noodles are high in saturated fat?: https://www.yahoo.com/health/why-ramen-noodles-could-cut-your-life-short-94747327572.html

Is Walmart’s push for more Made In the USA altruism or is it about the money?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2014

We've heard a lot this summer about Walmart's push to find more manufacturers in the USA who can supply the giant retailer with products consumers are craving. The company is looking to invest $50 billion of these 'Made in the USA' goods on Walmart's shelves. And it seems that U.S. manufacturers are flocking to supplier events to get in on Walmart's newfound love for products made in the USA.

Driverless cars will accelerate the development of 3D-printed organs. Discuss.

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 19th, 2014

Reducing the number of automobile-related fatalities is a good thing, right? Well, maybe not if you're on the waiting list for, say, a liver transplant. And that's why the advent of Google-style driverless cars, which remove human error from the driving equation, will spur the advent of bioprinted organs. At least, that's how Bre Pettis, founder and CEO of Makerbot, sees it.

Plastic sponge soaks up carbon dioxide, but don't trees do it better?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 19th, 2014

Last week at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, a report presented by Andrew Cooper, PhD, from the University of Liverpool, introduced a sponge-like plastic that sops up carbon dioxide (CO2), the greenhouse gas that everyone loves to hate.

There are enough moldmakers – OEMs need to learn to recognize them!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Earlier in the year a survey showed that the automotive industry had concerns about the lack of mold manufacturers to meet their increasing demand. I wrote a blog about that and since then I've had quite a bit of input from a number of moldmakers on that topic. It seems that, from the mold manufacturers' perspective, there are plenty of good companies capable of being a good supplier to the automotive industry.

Reason could be taking center stage in the plastic bag ban debate

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 11th, 2014

We in the plastics industry see way too many headlines about plastic bag bans throughout the United States. So imagine how surprised I was when I read this article in Time magazine's Aug. 5 edition online: "Your Whole Foods Tote Could be More Harmful Than a Plastic Bag."

Grisly medical drama "The Knick" takes a few knocks for authenticity

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 8th, 2014

Slate has published a rather interesting article about the new Cinemax series, The Knick, which premieres today on the cable channel. Directed by Steven Soderbergh of Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Oceans 11 fame, and with a talented cast led by Clive Owen, the series takes place at the fictional Knickerbocker hospital in New York in 1900.

Making the case for waste-to-energy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 8th, 2014

For the past two decades, I've heard numerous plastics industry scientists and engineers make the case for burning trash - specifically the "trash" that contains extremely BTU value. But instead of getting the real value out of post-consumer plastics through waste-to-energy (WTE), we spend a tremendous amount of energy (most of it coming from fossil fuels) to recycle plastics, paper, glass and other commodities. The U.S. is behind the times on this issue.

Banning plastic bags breeds theft in California stores

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 6th, 2014

California has long led the nation in plastic bag bans, so it only stands to reason that it might soon lead the nation in shoplifting as well. According to an article written by Beatriz Valenzuela, a journalist for the Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram, shop keepers and store owners have to watch shopper more closely now that plastic bags have been banned.

When economic news is surprising and no one is surprised

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 1st, 2014

Here we are in the middle of what I've always called "summer slump" and there have been a few surprises this past week. The trouble is that it's not so surprising - or it shouldn't be anyway. The first surprise is that the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey showed that economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month. The July Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 57.1%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from June's reading of 55.3%, indicating an expansion in manufacturing.

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