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March 5, 2011

Poisons: When Good Chemicals Turn Bad

This seminar, presented by the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program in collaboration with the Society of Toxicology, features an overview of the latest research in the science of toxicology, the study of the adverse effects of chemical, biological, and physical substances on people, animals, and the environment.

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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