IndyCar Makes Commitment to Switch To Ethanol By 2023

The world’s oldest motor race is committed to powering their cars with 100 per cent ethanol by next year using a renewable ethanol supplier, as IndyCar makes a commitment to sustainability for the racing series.

In a press release published during the championship’s prestigious Month of May, IndyCar announced amidst a range of other sustainability initiatives the switch to second-generational renewable ethanol primarily derived from the waste by-product of sugarcane.

As well as this, the series has shifted to synthetic oils and lubricants, tyres for the Indy 500 are to be delivered to the track using electric vehicles with a high-power charging station installed on the grounds, as well as offsetting their carbon footprint by contributing to natural habitat restoration efforts.

This announcement is the culmination of nearly two decades of deliberation, conflict and varying rules surrounding the use of ethanol fuel that began with the help of the late driver Paul Dana.

Mr Dana was sponsored in 2005 by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council, whose primary goal was to correct the prevailing wisdom that ethanol fuel damaged road cars and pave the way for more sustainable fuels to be used for transportation.

In 2006, the same year that the driver that started the process was tragically killed in an accident, what was then the Indy Racing League started to add ethanol to cars that were typically powered by methanol.

Whilst the initial blend in 2006 was 90 per cent methanol to 10 per cent ethanol, by 2007 the fuel mix had transformed completely to 98 per cent ethanol and 2 per cent gasoline, with the latter only added due to US regulations to ensure it could not be consumed and would burn visibly for safety reasons.

For a race that took place outside of the USA, the Sao Paulo Indy 300, used E100 fuel, a pure ethanol fuel that had been used in the region since the late 1970s.

First Perfume Made From Carbon Captured Ethanol

Global beauty brand Coty, have announced that it has started production of the ‘world’s first’ perfume made using carbon captured ethanol.

Global beauty brand Coty, who own Max Factor, have announced that it has started production of the ‘world’s first’ perfume made using carbon captured ethanol. Global Cosmetics News reports that the fragrance is being manufactured in Spain, and the finished product could be commercially available within months.

Most perfumes currently rely on ethanol as a major ingredient. Ethanol production is energy intensive, and uses corn, which is a natural absorbent of carbon dioxide. When it is burned, it releases CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

However, technology has now been developed which captures the carbon dioxide during the fermentation process, and converts it into a liquid. This can then be piped to a deep underground location, and stored on a permanent basis.

Dr. Shimei Fan, Chief Scientific Officer at Coty, said: “Coty’s accelerated release of fragrances made using carbon-captured ethanol represents the ground-breaking sustainability progress that I joined Coty to lead.”

He added: “This exciting step forward in Coty’s sustainability journey demonstrates our ability to meet and exceed the ambitious clean and green roadmaps we have set for the future. We are now on course to integrate carbon-captured ethanol into a majority of our fragrance portfolio ahead of our ambitious 2023 goal [].”

Harvest Public Media reports that there are currently 30 ethanol plants in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in the US which are part of a scheme to produce carbon captured ethanol. The project is run by Summit Carbon Solutions, who predict that up to 12 million tons of CO2 could be captured each year.

While there will always be some non-green energy involved in the production and distribution of ethanol, the ability to extract and store the CO2 is estimated to cut its carbon footprint by half. This is significant, as ethanol is not only important for the cosmetics industry, but it is widely used as a fuel and food additive.

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Hand Sanitiser Recall In UK And ROI

Consumers are being urged to be vigilant after hand sanitisers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland has been found to contain methanol, which poses a serious risk to anyone using it.

BBC News reports that 50 schools in the Republic of Ireland have been told to stop using 50 sanitising products, including hand sanitisers, wipes, detergents and hand soaps, supplied to schools by nine different companies, after skin problems, eye and respiratory irritation and headaches were reported.

The Irish Department of Education immediately ordered that the products were withdrawn and replaced. The products were supplied by Critical Healthcare, Workwear Experts, Reach Group, Charles Hughes Ltd, Shaw Scientific, JBS Group, Aquila Bioscience, Nugent Safety, and Lennox.

It comes a week after similar concerns in Northern Ireland with a hand sanitiser being used by the NHS supplied by Virapro, which was recalled after it was found to contain methanol, rather than ethanol.

In Oxford, Shield Hand Sanitiser Gel was also recently found to contain methanol and has been recalled by the manufacturer, Bristol-based Harlington Laboratories, who warned people to stop using the gel immediately, and keep it away from pets and children, reports the Oxford Mail.

Methanol is a type of non-drinking alcohol that is mostly used to create fuel, solvents and anti-freeze and is poisonous for human consumption, and can be toxic when absorbed through the skin.

It is still preferable to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, according to government guidelines, but if soap and water are not available, then to use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent ethanol.

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Bill Gates Announces Support For Probiotics

Bill Gates is well known for his charitable donations and the work that his foundation does to further a range of causes around the world. He has recently been speaking about his latest interest in the body’s microbiome and probiotics that can help correct it.

Nutraingredients recently shared comments he made in the Telegraph, where he discussed the research that he’s supporting into the microbiome.

The first step is to learn how each of the microbial species in our gut work with the food that we consume and how this impacts our health. Once we have a clearer understanding of this, it will be possible to “smartly engineer interventions that “correct” the microbiome when it’s out of whack”, he explained.

What Mr Gates is envisaging is a time when it’s possible to develop probiotic pills that contain the “ideal combinations of bacteria” and that can even be personalised to suit your gut.

The work being conducted by his foundation is looking at how probiotics could be used to help reduce malnutrition in the world’s population.

A study published recently in Lancet Rheumatology, and reported by Nutraingredients, revealed that probiotics have been linked to healthier bone density in post-menopausal women in a study conducted in Sweden.

Researchers used a probiotic containing three strains of lactobacillus, which had previously been linked positively with lumbar spine bone mineral density. In the Swedish study, researchers found that taking this probiotic protected against lumbar spine bone loss in healthy post-menopausal women.

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CytoReason To Work With Pfizer On Drug Development

Drug discovery and development firm CytoReason has announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement with Pfizer to provide research support to the pharmaceutical company.

CytoReason specialises in machine learning models, and will work with Pfizer by using its machine learning model for the immune system to aid the firm’s drug discovery efforts.

The company’s platform creates a cell-based model of the trial-specific immune response by integrating lost cellular information from gene expression data with additional omics and literature data, as well as associating genes to specific cells.

This model is then integrated with the firm’s disease model, to enable the machine to learn and improve. As a result, CytoReason’s platforms provide “robust target discovery, drug response biomarkers and indication selection”.

For companies such as Pfizer, this can help them to prioritise areas of development in relation to specific diseases or drugs, making the development process quicker and ultimately helping patients access effective new treatments more quickly.

Chief scientific officer for inflammation and immunology at Pfizer Michael Vincent commented: “We believe that CytoReason’s platform has the potential to offer valuable insights that may be applied to our research into the human immune system.”

CytoReason’s technology can be used for cancer immunotherapy, autoimmune, neurodegenerative and infectious disease research.

A recent article for CIO Applications pointed out that machine learning and artificial intelligence present opportunities to change the field of drug discovery and development. According to the publication this technology can help resources and money be more effectively directed towards the development of drugs that are more likely to be effective.

Therefore both types of technology are expected to play an increasingly important role in pharmaceutical research and development.

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Pharmaceutical Companies ‘Preparing For No-Deal Brexit’

Pharmaceutical companies are doing all that they can to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, although the chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Mike Thompson recently told a commons select committee that they can only do so much, Pharma Times reported.

Mr Thompson revealed that firms are increasing their stocks of medicines, as well as duplicating testing in the EU. However, he stressed that certain things remain “completely out of our control, which can only be fixed by a UK/EU deal on the future of medicines”.

He added that stockpiling isn’t an option for certain medicines, because of short shelf life, temperature control or an inability to travel.

It’s essential to agree a deal relating to the regulation, trade and supply of medicines to “protect public health, manage medicines safety and control infectious diseases throughout Europe”, he said.

There are already indications that Brexit is hurting the UK’s pharmaceutical sector, with Reuters recently reporting that the number of new clinical trials started in Britain last year was significantly lower than the average in the period from 2009-16.

Just 597 trials were started in Britain in 2017, compared to the average of 806 over the previous eight years.

There are worries among those in the sector that data gathered in UK trials won’t be accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) once the UK leaves the EU in March next year.

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Biofuel Consumption In Vietnam Increases By 31% YOY

The demand for biofuels in Vietnam has risen exponentially in the last year, with consumption of E5 RON 92 growing by 31 per cent over the last 12 months.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, 1.78 million cubic metres of this type of biofuel was consumed in the first six months of 2018, which has helped it account for nearly half (40 per cent) of total petrol use.

Nguyen Loc An, deputy director general of the ministry’s domestic market department, spoke at the Promotion and Development of Bio-fuel Conference in HCM City earlier this week.

He noted there has been an increase in biofuel consumption since Vietnam started nationwide commercial use of the fuel this year, Vietnam News reported.

Speaking with the news provider, Le Xuan Tinh, deputy general director of PV Oil, stated that sales of E5 RON 92 made up half of its fuel transactions during the first half of 2018. This is a significant improvement from the 16 to 18 per cent it accounted for in sales during the same period in 2017.

He said: “Many consumers have switched to biofuel due to the benefit to the environment.”

However, Mr Tinh also recognised many owners of new vehicles are “still reluctant to use it”.

According to Brian D Healy, ethanol export market development manager at US Grains Council, it is not just Vietnam that has seen a huge increase in biofuel consumption recently. Indeed, he stated more than 60 countries have policies for biofuel use, with many of these having expanded significantly over the last decade.

Punjab, for instance, recently revealed its plans to produce biofuel from paddy straw, with as much as 120 to 160 million metric tons available to use for the process every year.

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Sales Of Cathedral City Cheese Up

Cathedral City has seen sales of its cheddar cheese rise in the past year. Cornwall Live revealed that the company’s cheese sales climbed to £280 million last year.

Sales of cheddar cheese are growing by an average of two per cent per year, the news provider revealed, noting that this now makes Cathedral City a market-leading brand for its parent company Dairy Crest.

As a result of its rising popularity, the firm now intends to expand production by more than 40 per cent over the next five years. It also intends to expand overseas after seeing an increase in demand from consumers outside the UK.

Dairy Crest announced earlier this year that it was investing £85 million to develop new capacity at its Davidstow production facility, which is a big boost to the Cornish town.

The company’s site director at Davidstow Mark Evans told the news provider that the new funding will do more than just expand cheddar production though.

“This investment will boost cheddar capacity at Davidstow from around 54,000 tonnes a year to 77,000 tonnes a year to support further growth of Cathedral City and other product innovation in areas like snacking and convenience foods,” he revealed.

Earlier this year the Guardian revealed that exports of British cheeses increased considerably in 2017, due to growing demand in Asia.

The newspaper noted that although cheddar accounted for 40 per cent of British exports, mozzarella and cottage cheese were among the varieties that had seen their popularity increase substantially in 2017.

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