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|Articles - June 2014|
|Thursday, May 29, 2014|
BY LINDA BAKER
Remember mood rings? A team of scientists at Oregon State University has designed what might be considered a 21st-century analog of the ’70s jewelry fad: a bracelet that reveals one’s exposure to pollutants. Resembling today’s popular cause-based marketing wristbands — think Livestrong — the silicone bracelets have a porous surface that mimics a cell, absorbing chemicals people are exposed to through their environment. The wristbands help researchers characterize the chemical composition of the wearer’s surroundings, which in turn should help policymakers intervene with targeted solutions, says Kim Anderson, a professor in the agricultural sciences college. In a recent experiment, 30 volunteers wore the bands for a month — and soaked up an alarming 50 chemical compounds, including traces of fragrances and other personal care products, flame retardants, pesticides, caffeine, nicotine and chemicals from pet flea medicines. The OSU team has also conducted studies on kids’ exposure to flame retardants; an ongoing project in West Africa is measuring pesticide uptake. The long-term goal is to commercialize the wristband, says Anderson, adding that she developed a prototype “passive sampler” necklace several years ago. “But not everyone wanted to wear that,” she says, “particularly the gentlemen.” To participate in a future wristband study, click here.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY MIKE GREEN
An old profession is new again.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR
Dress for Success Oregon promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Oregon Business magazine's "Green Your Workplace" seminar featured a panel of sustainability experts from small, medium and large organizations. The seminar drew 70 people and took place in the Nines Hotel this morning.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
More than 350 people turned out today for Oregon Business magazine’s sixth annual celebration of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
BY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS
The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
What does it take to launch and run one of these mobile food businesses?
Friday, May 30, 2014
Watch the 2014 100 Best Green Companies keynote speech by Eric Friedenwald-Fishman.
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