14 March 2023 | Muriel Cozier

SCI's Daily Digest: your one-stop shop for all of the day's news in science based industry

In today's Daily Digest, a range of topics including health, innovation, environment, and business, with highlights including the European Commission's annual report on health risks linked to chemical substances and Merck and Intel's investment in AI and machine learning for semiconductor manufacturing.


The European Commission has released its annual report on the European Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products, identifying health risks linked to chemical substances as the most frequent type of risk notified.


Meanwhile, Merck and Intel Corporation are investing in a new academic research programme in Europe that will leverage AI and machine learning to drive innovation in semiconductor manufacturing and processes.

In other news, the US Department of Energy is providing funding of $47 million for 22 projects focused on advancing the development of innovative technologies to detect and reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.


On the environment front, the UK’s Climate Change Committee has said that a decarbonised power system by 2035 is possible but current pace of delivery makes this goal unlikely.

Meanwhile, TATA steel, a partner in the Flue2Chem project, has announced that a £5 million investment in electric induction furnaces at its UK tube mill will lead to a reduction of at least 2,000 tonnes per year in carbon dioxide emissions.


Aramco affiliate S-OIL has broken ground on its Shaheen project, one of the world’s largest refinery-integrated steam crackers, while Evonik is expanding its production of DL-methionine and opening a new GMP lipids manufacturing facility in Germany for advanced pharmaceutical and drug delivery applications.

Finally, the European Commission has approved the acquisition of Borealis’ nitrogen business by Agrofert Group. Read more about each story in the links provided!

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