Friday, September 14, 2012

News and Notes for Friday September 14, 2012

Omega-3s as Study Aid? DHA May Help Lowest-Scoring Readers Improve
In a four-month trial of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, some improvement was seen in children's reading scores and behavior, but only in the lowest performing students. Read more from TIME. 

Nanotechnology: Armed resistance
Nature assesses the aftermath of a series of nanotechnology-lab bombings in Mexico — and asks how the country became a target of eco-anarchists. Read more from Nature.

Researchers develop one-step algae harvesting, FAME conversion
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a proof-of-concept design to harvest, dewater and convert the dried algae to biodiesel in a one-step process using resins. Read more from Biodiesel Magazine.

Biopolymers help green the event industry
Paper coated with a thin layer of BASF's biodegradable plastic ecovio FS Paper is being used at  sporting events around the world to reduce the amount of non-recyclable litter. Read more from Packaging Today.

Green Cleaning Products in the U.S.
A  detailed analysis of the U.S. market for green consumer household and laundry cleaner products. The report outlines key issues and trends affecting the overall market and analyzes all product segments. It also discusses major players and brands and analyzes their performance in terms of sales and market share. Market size data are provided for 2007–2011 and projections for 2012–2016. Find out more.

Dutch Vegetable-Oil Makers Claim Russia Is Breaching WTO Accords
Vegetable-oil makers in the Netherlands called on the country’s government to object to alleged Russian breaches of World Trade Organization tariff agreements for importing edible oils and fats. Read more from Bloomberg.

Exclusive: EU to limit use of crop-based biofuels - draft law
The European Union will impose a limit on the use of crop-based biofuels over fears they are less climate-friendly than initially thought and compete with food production. Read more from Reuters.

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