Then and now

HISTORY
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Shell was one of the first Canadian oil companies to expand beyond fuels to commodity chemicals like the methyl ethyl ketone trumpeted in this ad from the June 1949 issue of Chemistry in Canada ...

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Fireflies inspire LED coating

MATERIALS
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The jagged pattern of scales on the abdomen of a firefly has inspired researchers to create a new coating for light emitting diodes (LEDs) that extracts 55 per cent more light than noncoated LEDs. Researchers in Belgium examined fireflies and noted scales with a periodically repeating...

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Omega-3 fatty acids affect gene expression

HEALTH

Researchers at Université Laval have used transcriptomics and metabolomics to analyse the health effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) dietary supplements. The results provide new insight into how these chemicals work their benefits — and why they don’t affect everyone the same way. ...

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Job seeker, know thyself

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

In this issue's Q and A, ACCN speaks with Alan Kearns, founder of the career management firm CareerJoy, about how chemists and chemical engineers on the job hunt can leverage their skills.

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