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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Michael W. Upchurch, will address the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Transportation Conference at 8:00 a.m. eastern time on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Interested investors not attending the conference may listen to the presentation via a simultaneous webcast on KCS’ website at http://investors.kcsouthern.com. A link to the replay will be available following the event. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.


-- Mike Hoffman, CEO and Managing Partner at Hoffman & Associates, recently presented at the Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) Conference held at the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University.  This all-day event was held on April 25 and provided aspiring entrepreneurs with information about a rapidly growing trend of entrepreneurship through buying or growing a business rather than starting a new one. Topics at the conference includedand.  Mike specifically addressed how to prepare for financial success through proper estate and succession planning.About Hoffman & Associates:Hoffman & Associates specializes in estate planning for wealthy families, business and tax law for closely-held businesses, and tax compliance. Expertise in these areas comes from a dedicated staff of both attorneys and CPAs delivering personalized service and sound legal guidance.  Established in 1991, Hoffman & Associates prides itself in having a standalone tax practice and attorneys licensed in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. For more information visit us at http://www.hoffmanestatelaw.com About the UGA Small Business Development Center (UGA SBDC) at Kennesaw State University:The UGA-SBDC at Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business offers entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses in Cobb and Cherokee County the tools and information necessary to thrive. As part of their mission to grow Georgia's businesses and educate business owners, the UGA SBDC at KSU offers no-cost, confidential business consulting services paired with classes and training programs for established business owners and those starting businesses.


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GDP Technologies was honored with the Outstanding Partner Award for their partnership with the Center for Professional Selling (CPS) of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. “The Outstanding Partner Award is given to the CPS Partner that exhibits a high commitment to our sales students, the sales program and to the university sales education for the semester,” said Dr. Terry W. Loe, Director of Extended Relationships for the Center for Professional Selling. This is the third year for the Outstanding Partner Award to be given and the first time GDP has received the award. The metrics to identify the Outstanding Partner Award includes a vote by sales students majoring in Professional Sales, CPS Staff and CPS Faculty and the level of involvement and engagement with the program and the students in our program,” said Dr. Terry W. Loe. Kennesaw State University developed the first Professional Sales Major in 1989. The Center for Professional Selling has been recognized as one of the Top University Sales programs worldwide by the Sales Education Foundation since they began recognizing sales education. “The CPS has 20 Corporate Partners who are vetted to determine those organizations that have quality sales culture that would be most appropriate to be good role models and mentor the future generations of sales professionals,” said Dr. Terry W. Loe. “GDP Technologies has been one of our outstanding partners since they have come on board. All of their representatives have exhibited in behavior, attitude and spirit their commitment to improving the Coles College of Business, Center for Professional Selling. GDP has been a critical partner in our being able to achieve our program’s mission and indeed they have been unwavering in reflecting the CPS’ vision: “You can have everything you want out of life, if you will just help enough other people get what they want out of life” (Zig Ziglar),” said Dr. Terry W. Loe. This is the second year GDP has been partnered with the Center for Professional Selling. The five sales professionals, who have joined the GDP team, following graduation, have proven to be outstanding contributors. GDP prioritizes the CPS students into their company schedule by hosting lunch and learns on professional topics as well as speaking in various classes about the sales industry and best practices. They also host an open house for students to come and explore the corporate environment, as well as, conduct “ride days” matching interested students with sales professionals so they are able to see what a ‘day in the life’ of a sales professional is really like. These activities provide an environment where GDP can familiarize themselves with the students while providing them valuable experience for the future, regardless of their post-graduation career choice. “KSU represents the pinnacle of Professional Selling curriculum; GDP covets the recognition from this esteemed program. All twenty of the chosen partners do an outstanding job in creating this award winning program, to be recognized among this group is outstanding. The award itself takes a backseat only to the satisfaction that comes from supporting these aspiring professionals in pursuing their craft,” said John Schweizer, President and CEO of GDP Technologies.


On Thursday, shares in Jacksonville, Florida-based CSX Corp. recorded a trading volume of 7.10 million shares. The stock ended at $53.79, rising 2.79% from the last trading session. The Company's shares have gained 5.91% in the last one month, 10.95% over the previous three months, and 49.71% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 9.60% and 36.32%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of CSX Corp., which together with its subsidiaries, provides rail-based transportation services in the US and Canada, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 68.64. On May 03rd, 2017, CSX Corp. announced that it was recently named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine's list of Best Corporate Citizens for 2017. The Company ranked 55th in its fifth appearance on the list, and was the only railroad within the top 100. Access our complete research report on CSX for free at: http://stock-callers.com/registration/?symbol=CSX Missouri headquartered Kansas City Southern's stock finished yesterday's session 3.07% higher at $93.07. A total volume of 1.74 million shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 1.30 million shares. The Company's shares have gained 7.25% in the last one month, 5.37% over the previous three months, and 9.69% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 5.46% and 4.62%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Kansas City Southern, which through its subsidiaries, provides freight rail transportation services, have an RSI of 64.23. On May 05th, 2017, Kansas City Southern announced that, during its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 04th, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri, its Board of Directors declared a regular dividend of $0.25 per share on the outstanding KCS 4% Non-Cumulative Preferred stock. This dividend is payable on July 03rd, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 12th, 2017. The complimentary research report on KSU can be downloaded at: http://stock-callers.com/registration/?symbol=KSU At the close of trading on Thursday, shares in Virginia-based Norfolk Southern Corp. ("NSC") jumped 4.17%, ending the day at $119.77. The stock recorded a trading volume of 4.59 million shares, which was above its three months average volume of 1.83 million shares. The Company's shares have advanced 1.66% in the last one month and 10.83% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 4.25% and 11.96% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Moreover, shares of Norfolk Southern, which together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the US, have an RSI of 64.31. On May 11th, 2017, NSC's CEO James A. Squires said in the Company's annual meeting of shareholders that NSC is delivering on commitments to improve corporate performance through successful execution of its strategic plan. Noting that the best strategy is tested and proven by results, Mr. Squires said that the Company has a sound strategy, and is producing results that drive sustainable profitability, high-quality growth, and enhanced shareholder value. Register for free on Stock-Callers.com and get access to the latest PDF format report on NSC at: http://stock-callers.com/registration/?symbol=NSC Calgary, Canada headquartered Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd's shares ended the day 0.61% higher at $159.33 with a total trading volume of 586,453 shares. The stock has gained 4.38% in the last month, 7.58% over the previous three months, and 11.60% on an YTD basis. The Company's shares are trading 5.01% above their 50-day moving average and 6.58% above their 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Canadian Pacific Railway, which together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates a transcontinental freight railway in Canada and the US, have an RSI of 61.78. On May 10th, 2017, the Company announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange has accepted its notice to implement a normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") to purchase, for cancellation, up to 4,384,062 common shares or approximately 3% of the Company's "public float," as at May 01st, 2017. The NCIB is scheduled to commence on May 15th, 2017, and is due to terminate on May 14th, 2018. Download your free research report on CP at: http://stock-callers.com/registration/?symbol=CP Stock Callers (SC) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. SC has two distinct and independent departments. 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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) reported first quarter 2017 revenues of $610 million, an increase of 8% over first quarter 2016. Overall carload volumes were 541 thousand, 6% higher compared to first quarter 2016. Excluding the estimated impact of Mexican peso depreciation, revenue increased by 11% compared to the first quarter of 2016. First quarter 2017 revenues increased in four commodity groups, led by a 64% increase in Energy and a 25% increase in Automotive. Revenues from Chemical & Petroleum and Agriculture & Minerals were also positive with increases of 8% and 6%, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2016. These increases were partially offset by declines in Intermodal and Industrial & Consumer of 2% and 1%, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2016. Operating expenses in the first quarter were $399 million, 6% higher than 2016. Excluding the estimated impact of Mexican peso depreciation, operating expenses increased 9% compared to the first quarter of 2016. Operating income for the first quarter of 2017 was $211 million, an increase of 12% from the first quarter 2016. KCS reported a first quarter operating ratio of 65.4%, a 1.2 point improvement over first quarter 2016. Reported net income in the first quarter of 2017 totaled $147 million, or $1.38 per diluted share, compared with $108 million, or $0.99 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding the impacts of foreign exchange rate fluctuations, adjusted diluted earnings per share for first quarter 2017 was $1.17, compared to $1.03 in first quarter 2016. “ Kansas City Southern is pleased with the return of year-over-year revenue and volume growth in first quarter 2017,” stated Kansas City Southern’s President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “ We all remain focused on operational improvements and longer-term growth drivers and are excited to see some of these opportunities, such as refined products movements, materialize in 2017.” Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws concerning potential future events involving KCS and its subsidiaries, which could materially differ from the events that actually occur. Words such as “projects,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “believes,” “intends,” “expects,” “anticipates,” and similar expressions are intended to identify many of these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon information currently available to management and management’s perception thereof as of the date hereof. Differences that actually occur could be caused by a number of external factors over which management has little or no control, including: competition and consolidation within the transportation industry; the business environment in industries that produce and use items shipped by rail; loss of the rail concession of KCS’ subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V.; the termination of, or failure to renew, agreements with customers, other railroads and third parties; access to capital; disruptions to KCS’ technology infrastructure, including its computer systems; natural events such as severe weather, hurricanes and floods; market and regulatory responses to climate change; legislative and regulatory developments and disputes; rail accidents or other incidents or accidents on KCS’ rail network or at KCS’ facilities or customer facilities involving the release of hazardous materials, including toxic inhalation hazards; fluctuation in prices or availability of key materials, in particular diesel fuel; dependency on certain key suppliers of core rail equipment; changes in securities and capital markets; availability of qualified personnel; labor difficulties, including strikes and work stoppages; acts of terrorism or risk of terrorist activities; war or risk of war; domestic and international economic, political and social conditions; the level of trade between the United States and Asia or Mexico; fluctuations in the peso-dollar exchange rate; increased demand and traffic congestion; the outcome of claims and litigation involving KCS or its subsidiaries; and other factors affecting the operation of the business. More detailed information about factors that could affect future events may be found in filings by KCS with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including KCS’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 (File No. 1-4717) and subsequent reports. Forward-looking statements are not, and should not be relied upon as, a guarantee of future performance or results, nor will they necessarily prove to be accurate indications of the times at or by which any such performance or results will be achieved. As a result, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. KCS is not obligated to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.


LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / April 27, 2017 / Active Wall St. announces its post-earnings coverage on Canadian National Railway Co. (NYSE: CNI). The Company announced its first quarter fiscal 2017 results on April 24, 2017. Canada's largest railroad raised its adjusted EPS outlook for fiscal year 2017 and also announced Q2 2017 dividend. Register with us now for your free membership at: One of Canadian National Railway's competitors within the Railroads space, Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), released its financial results for Q1 2017 on Friday, April 21, 2017. AWS will be initiating a research report on Kansas City Southern in the coming days. Today, AWS is promoting its earnings coverage on CNI; touching on KSU. Get our free coverage by signing up to: For the period ended March 31, 2017, CNR's revenues were C$3.21 billion, an increase of 8%, compared to revenue of C$2.96 billion for Q1 2016. The Company's growth in revenues was mainly attributable to higher volumes of Canadian and US grain, frac sand, coal exports, overseas intermodal traffic, and finished vehicles; freight rate increases; and higher applicable fuel surcharge rates. For Q1 2017, CNR's revenue from coal surged 39% to C$129 million; grain and fertilizers revenue grew 16% on a y-o-y basis to C$607 million; metals and minerals revenue gained 18% to C$361 million; automotive revenue advanced 10% on a y-o-y basis to C$205 million; intermodal revenue grew 7% to C$742 million; and petroleum and chemicals grew by 1% y-o-y to C$584 million. The Company noted a 3% decline in revenues for forest products totaling at C$447 million. During Q1 2017, CNR's Carloadings increased by 9% to 1,368 thousand, while rail freight revenue per carload decreased by 1% on a y-o-y basis to C$2,248. The Company's revenue ton-miles (RTMs), measuring the relative weight and distance of rail freight transported by CNR, surged 14% to C$59.78 billion from the year-earlier same quarter. The Company's Rail freight revenue per RTM decreased by 6% over the year-earlier comparable period to C$5.14, primarily driven by an increase in the average length of haul and the negative translation impact of a stronger Canadian dollar, partly offset by freight rate increases and higher applicable fuel surcharge rates. CNR's operating expenses for Q1 2017 increased by 9% to C$1,903 million, primarily due to higher fuel prices and higher costs due to increased volumes of traffic, partly offset by the positive translation impact of a stronger Canadian dollar on US-dollar-denominated expenses. CNR's operating income increased 7% to C$1.30 billion. The Company posted operating ratio of 59.4% for the reported quarter, an increase of 0.5 basis point compared to the prior-year's same quarter, driven by higher fuel prices which accounted for an increase of 260 basis points. For Q1 2017, CNR's net income surged 12% to C$884 million compared to net income of C$792 million for Q1 2017, while diluted EPS increased 16% to C$1.16 compared with the prior year's corresponding quarter diluted EPS of $1.00. The Company's adjusted net income increased 11% to C$879 million, with adjusted diluted EPS increasing 15% to C$1.15 in-line with Wall Street's estimates. CNR's free cash flow was C$848 million in Q1 2017 up from C$584 million for the year-earlier comparable quarter, primarily attributed to higher cash generated from operating activities, lower cash taxes, and lower capital expenditures. On April 24, 2017, CNR announced that its Board of Directors has approved a Q2 2017 dividend on the Company's common shares outstanding. A quarterly dividend of C$0.4125 per common share will be paid on June 30, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 09, 2017. For the fiscal year, CNR is expecting volume growth of approximately 10% in terms of RTMs compared to 3% to 4% previously disclosed for the full year versus 2016, with overall pricing remaining above inflation. The Company also revised its adjusted EPS forecast in the range of C$4.95 to C$5.10 versus 2016 adjusted diluted EPS of C$4.59. At the closing bell, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Canadian National Railway's stock was slightly down by 0.97%, ending the trading session at $72.39. A total volume of 2.55 million shares were traded at the end of the day, which was higher than the 3-month average volume of 1.07 million shares. In the last six months and previous three months, shares of the Company have surged 11.35% and 3.87%, respectively. Moreover, the stock rallied 7.86% since the start of the year. 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If you're a company we are covering and wish to no longer feature on our coverage list contact us via email and/or phone between 09:30 EDT to 16:00 EDT from Monday to Friday at: CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute. LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / April 27, 2017 / Active Wall St. announces its post-earnings coverage on Canadian National Railway Co. (NYSE: CNI). The Company announced its first quarter fiscal 2017 results on April 24, 2017. Canada's largest railroad raised its adjusted EPS outlook for fiscal year 2017 and also announced Q2 2017 dividend. Register with us now for your free membership at: One of Canadian National Railway's competitors within the Railroads space, Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), released its financial results for Q1 2017 on Friday, April 21, 2017. AWS will be initiating a research report on Kansas City Southern in the coming days. Today, AWS is promoting its earnings coverage on CNI; touching on KSU. Get our free coverage by signing up to: For the period ended March 31, 2017, CNR's revenues were C$3.21 billion, an increase of 8%, compared to revenue of C$2.96 billion for Q1 2016. The Company's growth in revenues was mainly attributable to higher volumes of Canadian and US grain, frac sand, coal exports, overseas intermodal traffic, and finished vehicles; freight rate increases; and higher applicable fuel surcharge rates. For Q1 2017, CNR's revenue from coal surged 39% to C$129 million; grain and fertilizers revenue grew 16% on a y-o-y basis to C$607 million; metals and minerals revenue gained 18% to C$361 million; automotive revenue advanced 10% on a y-o-y basis to C$205 million; intermodal revenue grew 7% to C$742 million; and petroleum and chemicals grew by 1% y-o-y to C$584 million. The Company noted a 3% decline in revenues for forest products totaling at C$447 million. During Q1 2017, CNR's Carloadings increased by 9% to 1,368 thousand, while rail freight revenue per carload decreased by 1% on a y-o-y basis to C$2,248. The Company's revenue ton-miles (RTMs), measuring the relative weight and distance of rail freight transported by CNR, surged 14% to C$59.78 billion from the year-earlier same quarter. The Company's Rail freight revenue per RTM decreased by 6% over the year-earlier comparable period to C$5.14, primarily driven by an increase in the average length of haul and the negative translation impact of a stronger Canadian dollar, partly offset by freight rate increases and higher applicable fuel surcharge rates. CNR's operating expenses for Q1 2017 increased by 9% to C$1,903 million, primarily due to higher fuel prices and higher costs due to increased volumes of traffic, partly offset by the positive translation impact of a stronger Canadian dollar on US-dollar-denominated expenses. CNR's operating income increased 7% to C$1.30 billion. The Company posted operating ratio of 59.4% for the reported quarter, an increase of 0.5 basis point compared to the prior-year's same quarter, driven by higher fuel prices which accounted for an increase of 260 basis points. For Q1 2017, CNR's net income surged 12% to C$884 million compared to net income of C$792 million for Q1 2017, while diluted EPS increased 16% to C$1.16 compared with the prior year's corresponding quarter diluted EPS of $1.00. The Company's adjusted net income increased 11% to C$879 million, with adjusted diluted EPS increasing 15% to C$1.15 in-line with Wall Street's estimates. CNR's free cash flow was C$848 million in Q1 2017 up from C$584 million for the year-earlier comparable quarter, primarily attributed to higher cash generated from operating activities, lower cash taxes, and lower capital expenditures. On April 24, 2017, CNR announced that its Board of Directors has approved a Q2 2017 dividend on the Company's common shares outstanding. A quarterly dividend of C$0.4125 per common share will be paid on June 30, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 09, 2017. For the fiscal year, CNR is expecting volume growth of approximately 10% in terms of RTMs compared to 3% to 4% previously disclosed for the full year versus 2016, with overall pricing remaining above inflation. The Company also revised its adjusted EPS forecast in the range of C$4.95 to C$5.10 versus 2016 adjusted diluted EPS of C$4.59. At the closing bell, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Canadian National Railway's stock was slightly down by 0.97%, ending the trading session at $72.39. A total volume of 2.55 million shares were traded at the end of the day, which was higher than the 3-month average volume of 1.07 million shares. In the last six months and previous three months, shares of the Company have surged 11.35% and 3.87%, respectively. Moreover, the stock rallied 7.86% since the start of the year. 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News Article | February 17, 2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Michael W. Upchurch, will address the Barclays Industrial Select Conference at 1:15 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Interested investors not attending the conference may listen to the presentation via a simultaneous webcast on KCS’ website at http://investors.kcsouthern.com. A link to the replay will be available following the event. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Michael W. Upchurch, will address the Raymond James Institutional Investors Conference at 11:00 a.m. eastern time on Monday, March 6, 2017. Interested investors not attending the conference may listen to the presentation via a simultaneous webcast on KCS’ website at http://investors.kcsouthern.com. A link to the replay will be available following the event. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.


Artificial sweeteners be damned; these naturally occurring, safe proteins are thousands of times sweeter than sugar KSU plant biochemical geneticist Raj Nagarajan describes the properties of Thaumatin, Monellin and Brazzein, all found in west African plants that are generally considered safe for consumption; each is a protein, and they are, respectively, 1,000x, 2000x, and 3000x sweeter than sugar. Thaumatin and Monellin have been approved as sweeteners in Japan and for some purposes in the EU and US, while Brazzein awaits regulatory approval. They contain "negligible" calories, and no known negative metabolic effect -- no experimental effects on blood sugar or body weight. There are challenges to the large-scale use of these proteins. Monellin breaks down under high temperatures, making it unsuited to baking, for example -- though Brazzein is very stable and promising, and can be expressed in GMO corn. Scientists are just beginning to solve the mysteries of these sweet proteins and how they induce the sweetness on our tongues. All these studies promise to help us understand why we crave sugary substances and why some people want sugar more than others. Customer demand will lead to new types of foods that do not contain as much sugar and that would ultimately help people reduce their consumption of it. Therefore, sweet proteins might play a pivotal role both in food and taste research in the future. And since it has been shown that too much sugar is detrimental to one’s health, they might be a viable substitution for sugar in foods. But, you may say, we just learned about the existence of sweet proteins; how nice it will be to taste a brazzein- or monellin- supplemented diet ice cream. Yes, you are right—variety is the spice of life, and innovation to reduce the amount of sugar in food, while maintaining product integrity, is an absolute necessity for good health. You can have your cake and eat it too!


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Forget chemicals, catalysts and expensive machinery – a team of physicists at Kansas State University (KSU) has discovered a way to mass-produce graphene using just three simple ingredients: hydrocarbon gas, oxygen and a spark plug. Their method is simple. Fill a chamber with acetylene or ethylene gas and oxygen; use a vehicle spark plug to create a contained detonation; collect the graphene that forms afterward. Chris Sorensen, professor of physics at KSU, is the lead inventor of this novel process, which was recently granted a patent. Other KSU researchers involved include Arjun Nepal, a postdoctoral researcher and instructor of physics, and Gajendra Prasad Singh, a former visiting scientist. "We have discovered a viable process to make graphene," Sorensen said. "Our process has many positive properties, from the economic feasibility, the possibility for large-scale production and the lack of nasty chemicals. What might be the best property of all is that the energy required to make a gram of graphene through our process is much less than other processes because all it takes is a single spark." Graphene is a single atom-thick sheet of hexagonally-coordinated carbon atoms, which makes it the world's thinnest material. Since graphene was first isolated in 2004, scientists have found that it possesses valuable physical and electronic properties with many possible applications, including more efficient rechargeable batteries and better electronics. For Sorensen's research team, the serendipitous path to creating graphene started when they were developing and patenting carbon soot aerosol gels. They created the gels by filling a 17L aluminum chamber with acetylene gas and oxygen, and then using a spark plug to produce a detonation in the chamber. The soot from the detonation formed aerosol gels that looked like "black angel food cake", Sorensen said. But on further analysis, the researchers found that the aerosol gel was more than just a lookalike for dark angel food cake – it was graphene. "We made graphene by serendipity," Sorensen said. "We didn't plan on making graphene. We planned on making the aerosol gel and we got lucky." Unlike other methods for creating graphene, Sorensen's method is simple, efficient, low-cost and scalable for industry. These other methods include ‘cooking’ the mineral graphite with chemicals – such as sulfuric acid, sodium nitrate, potassium permanganate or hydrazine – for a long time at precisely prescribed temperatures, and heating hydrocarbons to 1000°C in the presence of catalysts. Such methods are energy intensive – and even dangerous – and have low yields, while Sorensen and his team's method makes larger quantities with minimal energy and no dangerous chemicals. "The real charm of our experiment is that we can produce graphene in the quantity of grams rather than milligrams," Nepal said. The research team is now working to improve the quality of the graphene and to scale the laboratory process to an industrial level. To this end, they are upgrading some of the equipment to make it easier to get graphene from the chamber quickly: seconds – rather than minutes – after the detonation. Accessing the graphene more quickly could improve the quality of the material, Sorensen said. This story is adapted from material from Kansas State University, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier. Link to original source.

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