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The flame retardant HBCD may no longer be produced or used. This was decided by representatives from over 160 countries in late May at a UN conference on chemicals in Geneva. Empa’s extensive research on HBCD, formerly used as a flame retardant for plastics, electronics …

The Rim Fire in northeastern California continues to burn on the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park, and the Bureau of Land Management and State responsibility land. …read more Source: EurekAlert

ETH Zurich Assistant Professor Cornelia Halin and her colleagues have discovered a new function of the well-known messenger protein interleukin-7: It facilitates the drainage of lymph fluid from tissues. In the future, the scientists plan to investigate whether this molecule could be used to prevent …

Does financial innovation inherently lead to greater risk in markets? An MIT economist takes a new look at the problem and says it does. …read more Source: EurekAlert

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