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November 21, 2012
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  • Why Canada should not ban biotech food ingredients
    Prohibiting the use of biotech ingredients in food products in Canada would drive up the grocery bill of average consumers by as much as $400 per year, writes Sylvain Charlebois, the University of Guelph's associate dean for management and economics. Biotech food products have been shown to be safe for human consumption, and consumer comfort with biotechnology is likely to grow, Charlebois writes. The Record (Kitchener, Ontario) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • This month's free inform articles
    The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which was signed into law in 2011, represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952. Find out how these changes could affect you in the first of this month’s free articles from inform, the AOCS member magazine. The second free article describes how phosphation techniques make it possible to systematically adjust and design products to deliver maximum performance, achieve competitive advantage, and even gain patent protection. The article was written by Robert L. Reierson, winner of the 2012 AOCS Samuel Rosen Memorial Award recognizing accomplishments in surfactant chemistry. He is a principal scientist and manager of new product development for the Novecare division of Rhodia. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us
    Have you ever wondered why fingernails on a blackboard make us cringe? Or why the loves of our lives are also often the most annoying people we know? The American Chemical Society, in one of its Extreme Chemistry Series webinars, promises to tell you how to use being annoying to your advantage. (By the way, if our periodic postings about things totally unrelated to oils and fats ranks high on your list of annoyances, do let us know.) The webinar -- "Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us" -- is on Thursday, Nov. 29. It will feature Joe Palca, the award-winning science reporter for National Public Radio. Participants must pre-register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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