| Dec 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
There are many factors behind the rising rate of obesity, such as the increased intake of highly processed foods and lower physical activity. But scientists also are exploring less obvious connections, such as stress, sleep deprivation, and even the...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 1:52 PM
Lehigh Valley-based chemical company Avantor Performance Materials plans to close a European plant and scale back operations at a U.S. facility, a move that could affect operations at its manufacturing plant in Phillipsburg.
Avantor will close its...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Last month, people voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. As the movement toward marijuana legalization continues, lawmakers and policy experts are looking to the experiments in Colorado and...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Rachel Carson's three lyrical books on the sea made her an acclaimed author, but 1962's "Silent Spring" — the title conjuring a world without birdsong — made her a heroine. Her clear passages describing DDT and chemical contaminants'...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 8:05 PM
A chemical leak at a Houston-area industrial site left four people dead and a fifth hospitalized early Saturday, according to DuPont.
An unknown quantity of methyl mercaptan, which DuPont says is used to odorize natural gas, leaked into the facility...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 3:15 AM
As furniture makers move to phase out toxic, ineffective flame retardants, the chemical industry is waging an aggressive last-ditch campaign to preserve a lucrative market that reaches into virtually every American home.
One of the world's leading...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 2:58 PM
Ukrainian armed forces have never used prohibited weapons such as cluster bombs in their fight against pro-Russia separatists, a military spokesman insisted Tuesday after a rights group reported that it had documented a dozen instances in which the...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 12:36 PM
It is 2 a.m. and that cough and stuffy nose you have been battling is still keeping you up. You reach for the nighttime cold relief medicine only to find it expired a few months ago. If you take a dose to ease your symptoms, will you be putting yourself...
| Aug 17, 2014
| 7:30 AM
They scurry between vehicles in the traffic-choked cities of northern Nigeria, small boys in tattered clothing armed with begging tins.
Known as the almajiri, the youngsters, some no older than 5, have flooded the streets for the nearly 15 years since a...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Five generations in Tracy McDermott Kleinschmidt's family have lived in the same house across the street from Diamond Lake.
The 153-acre lake, created by the glaciers thousands of years ago, has provided opportunities for them and other area residents...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 2:21 PM
Metro Chicago saw a 10.7 percent rise in the value of goods exported last year, to $44.9 billion, inching up one slot to place No. 6 nationwide, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report released Tuesday.
The top five metros areas: Houston, New...