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9/20/2018

Just as the ancient Greeks talked about ethos, logos and pathos, making persuasive arguments today requires credibility and logic, as well as an emotional appeal, says Carmine Gallo, Harvard instructor and author. "Everything about human nature -- from the stock market to where we invest to how we vote — is based on our emotional narratives that we tell each other as groups and within individuals," he says.

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9/19/2018

The UK government may loosen some of the EU's recent restrictions regarding gene editing after 33 agri-tech scientists sent an open letter to Michael Gove, UK secretary of state for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. A spokesperson said that despite the European Court of Justice deciding otherwise, the department's position "remains that gene-edited organisms should not be subject to GM regulation if the changes to their DNA could have occurred naturally or through traditional breeding methods."

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FoodNavigator
9/19/2018

The Public Health Foundation of India has been managing a multicountry study of the effectiveness of maternal DHA supplementation during pregnancy and lactation on children's cognitive development. The pre- and post-natal trial follows 957 pregnant women taking either a supplement of 400 milligrams of algal-derived DHA or a placebo every day.

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NutraIngredients
9/19/2018

The US did not impose tariffs on vinyl chloride, paraffin wax and 140 other plastic and chemical products, removing them from its list affecting $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, said the American Chemistry Council. China's retaliatory tariffs announced Tuesday affect $11 billion worth of US chemical and plastic exports, ACC said.

9/19/2018

Linde could sell assets to CVC Capital Partners and Messer Group to receive antitrust clearance for its deal with Praxair, a source says.

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Reuters
9/19/2018

Converting from plastics to traditional alternatives such as glass and metal isn't necessarily the best thing for the environment, writes Tony Kingsbury of supply chain sustainability consultancy TKingsbury. Kingsbury advocates better waste management and urges people to consider how nonplastics could be harmful for the environment.

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GreenBiz
9/19/2018

Covestro is creating polyurethane coatings and adhesives that use water rather than solvent. The technology will reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds and make manufacturing more sustainable, says Xiaobin Zhong, a Covestro executive.

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DigiTimes
9/18/2018

China announced 5% to 10% tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods today after the Trump administration said the US will impose 10% tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese products. The US tariffs of 10% are set to rise to 25% at the start of 2019.

9/18/2018

The Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Substances Control Act fees rule goes into effect in October. The cost of filing a pre-manufacture notice would increase by $13,500.

9/18/2018

Clariant and SABIC will form a joint venture that combines their high-performance materials businesses. Clariant also announced it plans to sell its plastics and coatings operations by 2020.

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