On this day (January 21st) in 1941, the Dow Chemical Company successfully extracted magnesium from seawater, the first ingot of any metal to be extracted from such a source. While Dow had previously extracted magnesium from brine, this new process seemingly promised an inexhaustible source of raw material for the weight-saving metal. For Dow, it was also an inexhaustible source of creepy hand imagery, as evidenced by these selections from our Dow Chemical Historical Collection!
Bella Klassen dances with impressive fluidity and control. She is an adorable little dancer with great strength and flexibility. She does very well in competitions, which is no surprise considering her advanced technique.
The lawsuit was filed in 2013 against the Environmental Protection Agency by a number of organizations representing the honey and beekeeping industries. The groups specifically challenged the E.P.A. approval of insecticides containing sulfoxaflor, saying studies have shown they are highly toxic to honeybees. Sulfoxaflor is a neonicotinoid subclass, according to the ruling.
Brand names include Transform and Closer.
In its ruling, the court found that the E.P.A. relied on “flawed and limited data” to approve the unconditional registration of sulfoxaflor, and that approval was not supported by “substantial evidence.”
In vacating the agency’s approval, the court said that “given the precariousness of bee populations, leaving the E.P.A.’s registration of sulfoxaflor in place risks more potential environmental harm than vacating it.”
The E.P.A. must obtain further data on the effects of sulfoxaflor on bees before it grants approval, the court said.
Amber is a relatively new dancer but has improved incredibly and clearly has a knack for ballet. Her pointe work is very impressive, especially given her age. I can’t wait to see where dance takes her next.
The C.W. Bachman residence in East Lansing, Michigan. It was designed in 1936 for Michigan State University’s football coach, Charles Bachman, and his family. It is one of Alden B. Dow’s famous unit block houses!
Today is a tasty day around the Othmer Library because it’s our annual office-wide chili cook-off! The cook-off is highly competitive and such a cherished tradition that you can just imagine our excitement when we found these photos of the 1986 chili cook-off at a Dow Chemical Company plant in Ludington, Michigan. A few of these scenes, including the line-up of slow cookers, look quite familiar, though thankfully we’ve never needed any Pepto Bismol at our cook-off!
From the New York Times science section: “A United States appeals court ruled on Thursday that federal regulators erred in allowing an insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences onto the market, canceling its approval and giving environmentalists a major victory.” Read more about this great news!
Taylor is mainly a hip hop dancer that does not normally compete. Her strength and sharpness in her moves is incredible, as well as her facial expression. She hits each step with power and emotion. It’s hard to believe that she has even taught her own class, being eleven.