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Nestlé strengthens research capabilities in Switzerland

Nestlé is to bring together its two scientific discovery units, the Nestlé Research Center and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, to build one...

‘Premature’ BPA safety stance criticised by Endocrine Society

The Endocrine society has expressed disappointment at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ‘premature’ statement indicating that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for...

Chinese firm installs ebeam lab

ebeam Technologies has installed an EBLab at Zhongshan EB Curing Technologies Co, which will allow EBC’s technical research team to develop ebeam curing systems. The...

Packaging the next target for tunable catalyst

A British team of scientists has created a tunable catalyst capable of utilising captured carbon dioxide as a raw material for polyols, and is...

Waste wars: Revenge of the pith

Spain’s Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) is funding a project that aims to produce biopolyesters by using fermentation from wastes of...

Campden BRI expands into Asia

Science and technology firm Campden BRI has been awarded a contract worth in excess of £500,000 ($600,000) for a joint research programme in South Korea....

Solvay and CNRS strengthen science partnership

Chemical group Solvay and the CNRS (France’s National Centre for Scientific Research) have renewed their framework agreement for five years, emphasising the strong ties...

Merck reports record sales

German science and technology firm Merck has reported record results for 2015, with net sales rising by 13 per cent to €12.8 billion ($14bn) compared to € 11.4bn ($12.5bn)  the previous year. The company puts this down to the acquisitions of AZ Electronic Materials (AZ) and Sigma-Aldrich, as well as a favourable exchange rate.

Scientists give food a protective shell

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed an environmentally-friendly food packaging material that is free from chemical additives, by fortifying natural chitosan-based composite film with grapefruit seed extract (GFSE). The NUS says that the material can slow down fungal growth, doubling the shelf-life of perishable food such as bread.

California bans microbeads

The US state of California has placed a ban on care products that contain plastic microbeads, with the hope that it will prevent 38 tonnes worth of plastics pollution entering into its water every year.