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Employers Widen Education Offerings

April 15, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Starbucks says it will now cover four years of tuition reimbursement for workers to earn an online undergraduate degree from Arizona State Univ., instead of just two years. McDonald's Corp. also announced it was expanding a college tuition assistance program to workers at all its U.S. stores.

Power Utility is Too Big to Be Safe

April 9, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Ellen Knickmeyer | News | Comments

Repeated natural-gas accidents— including a 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people—...

Federal Funding to Fight Drought is Drying Up

March 30, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Susan Bryan | News | Comments

During the U.S.’ widespread drought, officials are struggling to finish large-scale water...

Sugar Industry Played Role in ‘70s Dental Program

March 10, 2015 3:00 pm | by UC San Francisco | News | Comments

A newly discovered cache of industry documents reveals that the sugar industry worked closely...

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Pittcon Award Honors Ion Chrom Pioneer

March 9, 2015 9:13 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Pittcon 2015 kicked off in a sunny New Orleans yesterday, Sunday, March 8, with opening comments and welcome from Charles Holifeld, the Pittcon 2015 President. The first act of the night was to award this year’s Pittcon Heritage Award. This year’s recipient was A. Blaine Bowman.

Startup Swaps Recyclables for Rewards

March 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

A startup named Wecyclers deploys a fleet of cargo bikes to collect recyclables from houses in poor areas of Lagos in return for rewards. Launched in 2012, the startup has collected more than 600 tons of recyclables, with more than 6,500 households signed on to its program.

Merck Grants Free License on HIV Drug

February 24, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Linda Johnson | News | Comments

Drugmaker Merck & Co. has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus. The deal, announced today, lets any generic or brand name drug manufacturer make low-cost pediatric versions of Merck's raltegravir for sale in 92 low- and middle-income countries.

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Self-regulation of Pharma Industry Fails

February 18, 2015 7:00 am | by PLOS | News | Comments

A discrepancy exists between the ethical standard codified in the pharmaceutical industry Codes of Practice and the actual conduct of the pharmaceutical industry, at least in the UK and Sweden.

Facebook Helps You Plan Your Afterlife Online

February 12, 2015 3:00 pm | News | Comments

Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife. The world's biggest online social network said today that it will now let users pick someone who can manage their account after they die. Previously, the accounts were "memorialized" after death, or locked so that no one could log in.

Apple to Start $850M Solar Project

February 11, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Brandon Bailey | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California. The tech company will be the biggest single consumer of energy from the new solar facility.  

Google to Compete with Uber

February 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Conversation, Ola Henfridsson | News | Comments

The news that Google is to get into the ride-hailing scene– the same taxis-that-aren’t-taxis business pioneered by Uber– may have come as a surprise to some. We can speculate that it may even have come as a surprise to some at Uber that Google is to become a competitor, considering Google’s chief legal officer sits on Uber’s board, and Google has invested hundreds of millions in the startup.

Head of FDA to Bow Out, Scientist to Step In

February 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick, Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

From food safety to tobacco and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled FDA, an agency that had often been seen as ineffective. After nearly six years on the job, Hamburg announced her resignation today in an email to staff. She said the agency's chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting commissioner.

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Meet the New ACS CEO: Tom Connelly

February 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Podcasts | Comments

Come February 17, Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. will be the new CEO of the American Chemical Society (ACS), taking over for Madeleine Jacobs, who is retiring after 11 years as CEO and a total of 24 years with ACS. Connelly comes to ACS after a 36-year career with DuPont, retiring from his latest position as executive vice president and chief innovation officer at the end of 2014.

Smartwatches Get Face Lift at CES

January 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Anick Jesdanun | News | Comments

Smartwatches don't have to look ugly to be functional. Clothing and accessories designers are collaborating with engineers to produce computerized wristwatches that people will want to wear all day and night. If the watches aren't attractive, the market won't grow beyond a small niche of users.

Controversial Energy Program Finally Yielding Successes

December 30, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Henry Jackson | News | Comments

Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a Kansas town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery that was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high-profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy and led to hearings over the Obama administration's backing of unproven green energy projects.

Conservationists, Loggers Team to Aid Forest

December 29, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press, Jeff Barnard | News | Comments

John Day, a town of 1,700, nearly died two years ago. Its lifeblood, the sawmill, was about to close. But the mill and the town's economy were rescued by a detente between the timber industry and environmentalists— foes since the battles over logging that erupted in the Pacific Northwest three decades ago.

Are Oil, Objects Linked to Lost Jet?

December 29, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press, Trisnadi Marjan, Margie Mason | News | Comments

An Indonesian helicopter searching for the missing AirAsia jetliner saw two oily spots in the water Monday, and an Australian search plane spotted objects elsewhere in the Java Sea, but it is too early to know whether either was connected to the aircraft and its 162 passengers and crew.

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New Vaccine Strengthens Cervical Cancer Protection

December 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The drugmaker Merck & Co. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

Apps Help You Go Home for the Holidays

November 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Justin Pritchard | News | Comments

Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.

Obama Administration Wants New Smog Standard

November 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dina Cappiello | News | Comments

A stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic— and controversial— moves by the administration to improve air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a preferred range of 65 to 70 parts per billion to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air.

3-D Printer in Space Delivers First Creation

November 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | News | Comments

The first 3-D printer in space has popped out a creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week— it churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing.

Bio-Rad Fined $55 M for Bribery

November 4, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Mercy Gordon | News | Comments

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. has agreed to pay about $55 million to resolve U.S. authorities' allegations that it failed to prevent bribery of officials in Russia, Thailand and Vietnam and falsifying records to hide the payments. Regulators have said the company paid some $7.5 million in bribes to officials in the three countries from 2005 to 2010 to win business, enabling it to make $35 million in illicit profits.

Payment Terminals 'Poynt' Toward the Future

October 30, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup is hoping an upcoming transition to smarter credit and debit cards will persuade millions of U.S. merchants to buy savvier payment terminals for their stores, too. That's the point of Poynt, a versatile terminal built to take advantage of rules requiring stores to be equipped to handle payment cards with computer chips by October 2015 to avoid financial liability for fraudulent transactions.

CVS to Punish Patronage of Tobacco-selling Pharmacies

October 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Tom Murphy | News | Comments

CVS is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network for clients of its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business. The network would slap an extra co-payment on patients who fill their prescriptions at stores that still sell tobacco.

Facebook, Apple to Pay for Employee Fertility Treatments

October 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Barbara Ortutay | News | Comments

Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. The move comes amid stiff competition for skilled engineers, and as many of the biggest firms try to diversify their male-dominated ranks to include and appeal to more women.

Trading Pollution Credits Can Yield Cleaner Water

September 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by Duke Univ. | News | Comments

Allowing polluters to buy, sell or trade water quality credits could significantly reduce pollution in river basins and estuaries faster and at lower cost than requiring the facilities to meet compliance costs on their own. The scale and type of the trading programs, though critical, may matter less than just getting them started.

Island to Get Drone Delivery Service

September 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Deutsche Post DHL says it is starting Germany's first drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medicine to a pharmacy on a North Sea island.

FDA: Beware of Fake Drug Distributors

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators are trying to help doctors spot counterfeit and unapproved drugs by raising awareness of illegal operations that peddle bogus drugs to health professionals.

M&M's Recalled for Containing Peanut Butter Sans Warning

September 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America | News | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America has announced a voluntary recall of its M&M’S Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz packages. The theater box items within these lot codes may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box. The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information.

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