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September 24, 2018 Issue

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September 24, 2018 Cover

Volume 96, Issue 38

The plastics crisis has some asking if we should burn more plastic waste and at least get energy out of it

Cover:A power cord where the cord is made of plastic things.

Credit: Yang H. Ku/C&EN/Shutterstock

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Quote of the Week

“If you’re going to fail, fail quickly for way lower costs.”

Gini Deshpande, founder and CEO , NuMedii

Should plastics be a source of energy?

The plastics crisis has some asking if we should burn more plastic waste and at least get energy out of it

  • U.S. agency struggling with organohalogen flame retardants in consumer products

    Consumer Product Safety Commission seeks National Academies’ advice on regulating chemicals as a class

  • What’s fiberglass, and how does the delicate material reinforce thousands of products?

    Often overlooked, this lightweight, wispy material is big business

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Synthesis

Chemists hand off reaction optimization to automated ‘plug and play’ flow system

Reconfigurable machine quickly finds optimal reaction conditions for a variety of reactions

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