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Indonesia Launches Its First Red Cooking Oil Facility

In a significant stride for Indonesia’s palm oil industry, production has commenced at the nation’s inaugural red cooking oil facility. The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) heralded the news, indicating a promising future for the sector. Government-Backed Initiative Officially inaugurated by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the newly operational plant, located in North Sumatra, marks the …

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Plant-based Biodegradable Microplastics

In recent years, the detrimental impact of microplastics on our environment and health has become increasingly evident. Found in various places from oceans to soil, and even within our own bodies, these nearly indestructible fragments pose a significant threat. However, a groundbreaking solution may be on the horizon, as researchers from the University of California …

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Soyabean Oil Futures Now Open for Trading on Bursa Malaysia

Futures and options exchange Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad has announced it is now trading soyabean oil futures. The launch of the Bursa Malaysia DCE Soybean Oil Futures (FSOY) contract followed an agreement between the exchange and Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) for the licensing of soyabean oil futures settlement price that the companies announced in November. …

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Researchers Investigate Taste of Edible Ants

Insects often crash picnics uninvited, yet they hold potential as flavorful, nutritious, and eco-friendly additions to our menus. While many may shudder at the thought, consuming insects is a customary practice in certain regions, where specific species are esteemed delicacies. For instance, ants, often dismissed as pests, undergo a transformation when embraced as culinary ingredients. …

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8 Upcoming Logistics Trends for 2024

In 2024, risk will impact various modes of transportation due to factors such as geopolitics, labor negotiations, freight demand, and capacity changes, leading to adjustments in supply chain strategies for various kinds of industries, including the chemical sector Issues such as labor disputes, geopolitical uncertainties, and imbalances in freight supply and demand are leading logistics …

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Shipping Fund Proposal Submitted to UN to Meet Marine Sector’s Net Zero Emission Targets

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) presents a collaborative proposal with the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the establishment of a Zero Emission Shipping Fund (ZESF). Accelerating the Transition to Net Zero by 2050 The proposal aims to expedite the shipping sector’s …

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Biodegrable Yet Strong Superglue Alternative Made from Soya

Most adhesives are created from fossil fuels and require countless years to biodegrade, but a novel alternative manufactured from soya plants connects metal, wood, and synthetic surfaces equally as well. A biodegradable glue produced from soya bean oil generates strong bonds that eventually disintegrate, paving the way for more sustainable commercial items, packaging, and sticky …

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Indonesia’s December Biodiesel Production Climbed by 7%, While Exports Increased

Production Increased Indonesia’s biodiesel output climbed by 7% in December, while exports increased, according to local trade association data provided by S&P Global. Indonesia produced 1.24 billion liters (7.82 million barrels) of biodiesel in December, up 7.2% over the previous month, according to APROBI on February 2. The world’s third-largest producer produced 13.15 billion litres …

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New Method to Detect PFAS, The ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Under 3 Minutes

PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” for good reason: the man-made compounds, which can take thousands of years to disintegrate and are used in everything from grease-resistant food packaging to water-repellent clothes, have found their way into nearly half of the United States’ tap water supply. Detecting PFAS In a study published in the Journal …

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Indonesia’s January Drought, Lower Rice Production and Higher Imports

February 2, Jakarta – This season, Indonesian farmer Wardiyono started planting his small rice field in January instead of November as usual. This shift was in response to an exceptionally strong El Nino weather phenomenon causing months of drought. After three weeks, he is concerned because the parched crop has not received enough rain. In …

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Research Uncovers Potential Origins of Life in Ancient Hot Springs

The Mistery of The Beginning of Life To investigate the beginnings of life on Earth, researchers at Newcastle University are looking to ancient hot springs. The study team looked into how life began on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago when inert geological components gave rise to the earliest living entities. Researchers at Newcastle …

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DeepMind AI’s Role in Chemical Discoveries for New Materials

Advancing Materials Science through AI: GNoME’s Revolutionary Predictions We are familiar with approximately 48,000 inorganic crystal structures, each conferring unique material properties. Now, Google DeepMind’s AI has ventured into uncharted territory, predicting over 2 million additional possibilities. Exploring Over 2 Million Potential Inorganic Crystal Structures Google DeepMind’s latest AI breakthrough promises to transform materials science, …

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Global Bio-Based Cosmetics Market Projections Reach US$8.86 Billion by 2032

Global Bio-Based Cosmetics Market Anticipates Remarkable Growth by 2032 As per the latest insights from Emergen Research, reported by Globe Newswire, the global bio-based cosmetics market is poised to experience substantial growth, projecting an impressive surge from US$4.95 billion to US$8.86 billion between 2022 and 2032. This noteworthy expansion is attributed to several factors, including …

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Aerogel Sweater

Innovative Aerogel Fiber Development: A Breakthrough in the Chemical News   A team of chemical engineers and materials scientists at Zhejiang University in China has achieved a remarkable milestone by creating an innovative aerogel fiber, setting a new standard in the realm of Chemical News and scientific advancements. This groundbreaking discovery, featured in a publication …

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Impact of Suez Canal Diversions on Global Retailers

Global Retailers Navigate Supply Chain Challenges Amidst Red Sea Disruptions As the Lunar New Year approaches, retailers worldwide are taking strategic measures to secure inventory amidst disruptions in the Red Sea, with a keen eye on alternative transportation options. This move, driven by concerns over potential inventory shortages this spring, has become a focal point …

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Conversion of Greenhouse Gases into Valuable Products Using Electricity

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University are working on transforming waste into fuels and other valuable products through energy-efficient processes powered by renewable sources. Specifically, they are close to overcoming the challenge of converting carbon dioxide (CO2), a significant greenhouse gas, into valuable chemicals using electricity. The goal is to utilize CO2 as a raw …

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Putting a Small Quantity of Solid Carbon on Copper Could Increase its Conductivity

A carbon compound is yielding notable performance improvements when combined in specific proportions with copper to produce electrical wires. This phenomenon challenges conventional notions about the conductivity of metals. As documented in the  journal Materials & Design, these discoveries have the potential to enhance electricity distribution efficiency for residential and commercial use, as well as …

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Innovative Rubber That Remains Intact after Repeated Stretching

Recently in chemical news, Researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have enhanced the fatigue threshold of particle-reinforced rubber through a novel multiscale approach. This innovation enables the material to withstand high loads and resist crack propagation through repeated use. The implications of this development extend beyond prolonging the …

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Scientists Found a New Material, Possibly Harder Than Diamond

Revolutionary Breakthrough in Science: Ultra-Hard Carbon Nitrides Unveiled In a groundbreaking revelation, scientists have unveiled an extraordinarily resilient substance that rivals diamond as the toughest material on Earth. This significant development is highlighted in the latest Chemical News, featured in the journal Advanced Materials. The study reveals that subjecting carbon and nitrogen precursors to intense …

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