Archive for July, 2011

Here’s a book for fiber geeks!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Jute and Empire: The Calcutta Jute Wallahs and the Landscapes of Empire (Studies in Imperialism)

By Gordon T. Stewart, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University

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From Amazon: “Based on fascinating primary research in India, England, and Scotland, this book represents a new departure in the writing of imperial history. JUTE AND EMPIRE follows the intriguing story of the rivalry between Calcutta, India, and Dundee, Scotland, from the 1830s to the 1950, as these two cities competed in the world jute trade…”

Unfortunately, the price on Amazon is almost $300. I believe they have a copy at MSU’s library. I am going to check it out!


Government issues warning over cancer risk from formaldehyde and styrene

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

“In a report prepared for the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), scientists warned that people with higher exposure to formaldehyde were more at risk for certain types of rare cancers, including in the upper part of the throat behind the nose.”

Currently, California is the only state with restrictions on added formaldehyde in fiberglass for office furniture systems. Many manufacturers are voluntarily moving towards formaldehyde free products. Wonderphyll from FlexForm Technologies offers a natural alternative with no added formaldehyde.

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