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... be an unintended consequence of efforts to make furniture safer and less flammable, residents of California ... widely used as flame retardants in upholstered furniture and electronics. The materials are released into ... Since California has among the most stringent furniture flammability standards, the researchers suspected ...

Study links cat disease to flame retardants in furniture and to pet food

... contact with certain polyurethane foams and components of carpet padding, furniture and mattresses would pose the greatest hazard for developing FH. In ... almost half of the global demand for PBDEs from commercial materials like furniture or upholstery, the report added. The epidemic of hyperthyroidism in ...

Carbon measuring system to help mitigate climate change

... needed that can be applied to and measure the carbon impact of all types of projects, whether they are encouraging small scale enterprises, such as furniture making and carving, or planting forests and crops. Natural resource management projects claim to have carbon benefits and organisations need to be ...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Jan. 7, 2009

... cross-linking that can improve the strength and biodegradability of these fabrics, paving the way for commercial production of eco-friendly clothing, furniture upholstery and other products. MTS ARTICLE #1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE "Environmentally Sustainable Fibers from Regenerated Protein" DOWNLOAD ...

New polymer coatings prevent corrosion, even when scratched

... from the effects of environmental exposure. Applications range from automotive paints and marine varnishes to the thick, rubbery coatings on patio furniture and park benches. "Starting from our earlier work on self-healing materials at the U. of I., we have now created self-healing coatings that ...

Soybean grant gives researchers tools to unravel better bean

... candy, cookies and swine feed, to name a few. "It just boggles the mind that it lends itself to so many different uses," Parrott said. "It's even in furniture care products." ...

Photos: Turn Your Couch into a 'Disney' Ride for Under $300

... ButtKicker Kit is a complete, consumer-friendly, do-it-yourself product for home theater and gaming that quickly and easily transforms any type of furniture to become part of an affordable "4-D" theater, allowing viewers to literally feel sound. . . including movie soundtracks, concert quality audio and ...

The Clorox Company's new indoor allergen product reduces common indoor allergens up to 90 percent

... on 56 varieties of fabrics, and is safe to use as directed on virtually all fabric surfaces** in the home, including: Cushions Upholstered furniture Curtains Carpets Bedding Pet Bedding Stuffed Animals ...

Scientists set out to measure how we perceive naturalness

... predictive computer model that will work for other materials. If successful the range of applications would be huge. For instance, synthetic mahogany furniture that is indistinguishable from the natural material, but won't rot or be attacked by woodworm or artificial grass so good that they use it on ...

Persistent man-made chemical pollutants found in deep-sea octopods and squids

... production was banned in the U.S. in the 1970s. BDEs have been used as flame retardants in a variety of household products, from plastics to foam in furniture and fabrics. "The cephalopod species we analyzed span a wide range of sizes and represent an important component of the oceanic food web," ...

Turtle studies suggest health risks from environmental contaminants

... levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). PFCs are used as nonstick coatings and additives in a wide variety of goods including cookware, furniture fabrics, carpets, food packaging, fire-fighting foams and cosmetics. They are very stable, persist for a long time in the environment and are known ...

Cat fleas' journey into the vacuum is a 'one-way trip'

... life stages. Adult fleas eat blood meals and mate while living on a host animal. Females lay eggs, which roll off of the animal and onto the floor, furniture or pet bedding. After hatching from the eggs two to 14 days later, the insects go through three larval stages, the last of which spins a cocoon to ...

Changing environment organizes genetic structure

... becomes increasingly modular when two conditions are taken as givens: horizontal gene transfer (HGT) and a changing environment. Like modular furniture that can be rearranged in different functional patterns, modular genes are standardized components that lend themselves to flexible rearrangement, ...

Central targets may hinder wider waste management objectives

... of waste collected. By contrast, community sector representatives can have difficulties in engaging local authorities support for projects to reuse furniture because re-use activities did not contribute to recycling targets. Large-scale centralised facilities such as those developed under the Private ...

SRMs track fire retardants in humans and environment

... materials to report PBDE concentrations in them. Different commercial PBDE flame retardant formulations have been used, including pentaBDE in furniture foam; decaBDE in plastics for television cabinets, consumer electronics, draperies and upholstery; and octaDBE in plastics for personal computers and ...

Mosquito spray increases toxicity of pyrethroids in creek, study finds

... authorities advised residents in Sacramento to hose down their outdoor furniture after the mosquito spray applications. That may have actually washed more ... authorities may want to consider advising residents to leave their outdoor furniture unused in the sun for a day or two to let the pyrethrin and PBO residue ...

An artificial cornea is in sight, thanks to biomimetic hydrogels

... lens and integrate it with surrounding natural tissue. "If you build it, they will come," Myung says. "The cells move in, and they bring furniture too--meaning the collagen they secrete. They even 'remodel.'" Collagen binds to the edge of the synthetic disc and forms a junction between natural ...

Solvent exposure linked to birth defects in babies of male painters

... exposure among construction painters. Organic solvents are widely used in many industries including plastics, metals, electronics, shoemaking, furniture manufacturing, painting, printing and dry ...

Many cleaners, air fresheners may pose health risks when used indoors

... and 17 cleaning products, including at least one each of disinfectants, general-purpose degreasers, general-purpose cleaners, wood cleaners, furniture maintenance products, spot removers and multi-purpose solvents. A complete chemical analysis of these 21 products revealed that: Twelve ...

Bacteria in Household Dust May Trigger Asthma Symptoms

... used a standardized protocol to collect samples. Dust samples were collected from bedroom, kitchen and living room floors, bedding, and upholstered furniture and assayed for endotoxin. A disease association analysis was performed to correlate endotoxin concentrations to specific health outcomes. “When ...

Infectious disease expert warns of spread of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

... ticks in all patients' yards. Ticks were found in the cracks of stucco walls on patients' homes, in crawl spaces under these homes and on furniture placed outside for children and pets. All patients owned and had come in contact with dogs with the infected ticks. Four of the patients had a recent ...

Shampoo detergent added to paint makes surfaces self-sterilizing

... While they have shown that paints and varnishes can be made rapidly and inexpensively self-sterilizing, the group has yet to develop floor and furniture polishes that work. Students who may be interested in pursuing this line of research can contact Vermeulen through his website at ...
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