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 •  February 22, 2012

Oil prices have jumped sharply in the past two weeks, and the price of gasoline is also moving up. Across the country, a gallon of regular costs nearly $3.60 on average, with some areas facing $4 gas. That's causing sticker shock at the pump, and concern that rising prices could derail the economic recovery.
According to Daniel Yergin of Cambridge ...

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 •  March 4, 2011

Some businessmen and scientists in Austin, Texas, are trying to change the way consumers think about plastic.
They say it's not enough to buy a water bottle or sandwich bag that's free of BPA, the chemical consumer groups have criticized because, at least in animals, it acts like the hormone estrogen. They say BPA is only part of the problem, and ...

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 •  October 19, 2010

Frank Bates didn't start out expecting to find a fundamental property of nature, but that's what he may have done.
Bates is a chemical engineer and materials scientist at the University of Minnesota. He makes block copolymers — a kind of plastic. Copolymer means they're made from two different plastics, the end product having the best properties ...