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Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

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Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

By Elizabeth Grossman
Island Press, $26.96

Reviewed by MADELINE BODIN

In 1929, there was no such thing as a plastic bag. Synthetic materials were made from cellulose, corn, milk, alcohol and starch. Cellophane, made from cellulose, was a big deal. It was thin, flexible and water resistant. Still, it wasn’t perfect. For example, it wasn’t waterproof.

Interior Integrity Policy: Is Science Door Half-Open or Half-Closed?

The good news, perhaps, is that Interior felt a need to take some policy action in response to the White House's Dec. 17, 2010, memo on science integrity. The bad news? The Interior policy seems to rehash a 2010 decree that scientists criticized, to punish the innocent, and to reward the uninvolved.

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