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Recycling plastics together, simple and fast
Scientists successfully blended different types of plastics to be recycled together, providing a solution to the environmental problem of plastic waste and adding economic value to plastic materials. (2020-06-02)
Stem cell treatments 'go deep' to regenerate sun-damaged skin
For a while now, some plastic surgeons have been using stem cells to treat aging, sun-damaged skin. (2020-05-28)
Superworms digest plastic, with help from their bacterial sidekicks
Resembling giant mealworms, superworms (Zophobas atratus) are beetle larvae that are often sold in pet stores as feed for reptiles, fish and birds. (2020-05-27)
New study evaluates facial feminization outcomes, benefits for transgender women
Previous studies have reported improved quality of life and mental health in transgender women undergoing facial feminization surgery (FFS) surgery to provide a more feminine facial appearance. (2020-05-27)
Increased usability and precision in vascular imaging
Researchers at the University of Zurich have developed a new X-ray contrast agent. (2020-05-26)
Study reveals substantial quantities of tyre particles contaminating rivers and ocean
Research led by the University of Plymouth reveals vital new information that will improve our scientific understanding of how tiny particles from tyres, synthetic fibres from clothing and maritime gear enter the ocean (2020-05-26)
Past is prologue: Genetic 'memory' of ancestral environments helps organisms readapt
Organisms carry long-term 'memories' of their ancestral homelands that help them adapt to environmental change, according to a new study that involved raising chickens on the Tibetan Plateau and an adjacent lowland site. (2020-05-22)
UCF study finds microplastics in Florida's birds of prey for 1st time
A new study from the University of Central Florida has confirmed and quantified, for the first time, the presence of microplastics in terrestrial and aquatic birds of prey in Florida, including hawks, ospreys and owls. (2020-05-20)
Chemical recycling makes useful product from waste bioplastic
A faster, more efficient way of recycling plant-based 'bioplastics' has been developed by a team of scientists at the universities of Birmingham and Bath. (2020-05-20)
Mussel reefs heighten risk of microplastic exposure and consumption
In the first study of its kind, scientists found that when mussels were clumped together forming reefs -- as they do in nature -- the reef structure resulted in a three-fold rise in the amount of ingested plastic. (2020-05-18)
You cannot avoid microplastics
No human being on this earth comes through life without breathing, drinking water and consuming salt. (2020-05-13)
Solve invasive seaweed problem by turning it into biofuels and fertilisers
UK researchers have developed a cheap and simple way of creating biofuel and fertiliser from seaweed, whilst removing plastic from the oceans and cleaning up tourist beaches in the Caribbean and Central America. (2020-05-11)
UMBC gaming researchers develop a new way to render characters with realistic skin
Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have developed a new solution to render an essential detail in many video games: human skin. (2020-05-11)
A radar for plastic: High-resolution map of 1 kilometre grids to track plastic emissions in seas
Plastic waste often ends up in river bodies and oceans, posing a serious threat to the marine ecosystem. (2020-05-07)
Fluorescent technique brings aging polymers to light
Modern society relies on polymers, such as polypropylene or polyethylene plastic, for a wide range of applications, from food containers to automobile parts to medical devices. (2020-05-06)
Extinguishing fearful memories depends on the flexibility of your DNA
New research from the University of Queensland shows that the ability to extinguish fearful memories relies on a change in DNA structure: from Z-DNA to B-DNA. (2020-05-04)
Sustainable structural material for plastic substitute
A team lead by Prof. Shu-Hong Yu from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) report a high-performance sustainable structural material called cellulose nanofiber plate (CNFP) which is constructed from bio-based CNF and ready to replace the plastic in many fields. (2020-05-01)
Pacific oysters may not contain as many microplastics as previously thought
University of Washington researchers have discovered that the abundance of tiny microplastic contaminants in Pacific oysters from the Salish Sea is much lower than previously thought. (2020-05-01)
Seafloor currents may direct microplastics to biodiversity hotspots of the deep
Microplastic particles entering the sea surface were thought to settle to the seafloor directly below them, but now, a new study reveals that slow-moving currents near the bottom of the ocean direct the flow of plastics, creating microplastic hotpots in sediments of the deep sea. (2020-04-30)
Scientists find highest ever level of microplastics on seafloor
An international research project has revealed the highest levels of microplastic ever recorded on the seafloor, with up to 1.9 million pieces in a thin layer covering just 1 square meter. (2020-04-30)
Heat-friendly microbes provide efficient way to biodegrade plastic
Researchers in China have engineered a microbe that shows promise as the foundation of an efficient way to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common plastic fiber used to manufacture clothing and disposable consumer products. (2020-04-29)
Plastic pollution reaching the Antarctic
Food wrapping, fishing gear and plastic waste continue to reach the Antarctic. (2020-04-28)
Environment: Satellite data used to detect marine plastic
A new method of detecting patches of floating macroplastics -- larger than 5 millimeters -- in marine environments is presented in Scientific Reports this week. (2020-04-23)
RIT scientists develop first 3D mass estimate of microplastic pollution in Lake Erie
Rochester Institute of Technology scientists have developed the first three-dimensional mass estimate to show where microplastic pollution is collecting in Lake Erie. (2020-04-23)
Faster-degrading plastic could promise cleaner seas
To address plastic pollution plaguing the world's seas and waterways, Cornell University chemists have developed a new polymer that can degrade by ultraviolet radiation, according to research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2020-04-20)
Cost-effective canopy protects health workers from COVID infection during ventilation
Researchers have designed a cost-effective, plastic canopy system that can help to protect healthcare workers who are at risk of airborne coronavirus infection while delivering noninvasive ventilation or oxygen via high flow nasal canula (HFNC), according to a research letter published in the European Respiratory Journal. (2020-04-20)
Is the Earth's inner core oscillating and translating anomalously?
A theoretical mineral physics approach based on the ab initio methods was adopted to determine the viscosity of hexagonal, close-packed iron at the extreme pressures and temperatures corresponding to the Earth's inner core. (2020-04-14)
Lobster digestion of microplastics could further foul the food chain
Tiny fragments of plastic waste are dispersed throughout the environment, including the oceans, where marine organisms can ingest them. (2020-04-08)
Litter problem at England's protected coasts
Beaches in or near England's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have the same levels of litter as those in unprotected areas, new research shows. (2020-04-07)
Coffee grounds show promise as wood substitute in producing cellulose nanofibers
Researchers at Yokohama National University (YNU) meticulously examined cellulose nanofibers extracted from spent coffee grounds, identifying them as a viable new raw source. (2020-04-06)
Reduced off-odor of plastic recyclates via separate collection of packaging waste
Plastic recyclates produced from waste packaging have to meet high sensory requirements in order to be used for new products. (2020-03-31)
Studies confirm breast surgery health benefits
New studies highlighting the chronic health burden of oversized breasts outline the long-term benefits of breast reduction surgery to health, levels of wellbeing, and quality of life. (2020-03-29)
German scientists identify microbe that could help degrade polyurethane-based plastics
One of the most widely used oil-based plastics, polyurethane, is particularly hard to recycle or destroy safely. (2020-03-27)
Scientists predict the size of plastics animals can eat
A team of scientists at Cardiff University has, for the first time, developed a way of predicting the size of plastics different animals are likely to ingest. (2020-03-27)
Seafloor of Fram Strait is a sink for microplastic from Arctic and North Atlantic Ocean
Working in the Arctic Fram Strait, scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have found microplastic throughout the water column with particularly high concentrations at the ocean floor. (2020-03-27)
Printing complex cellulose-based objects
Researchers from ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have set a new world record: they 3D printed complex objects with higher cellulose content than that of any other additively manufactured cellulose-based parts. (2020-03-25)
Graphite nanoplatelets on medical devices kill bacteria and prevent infections
Graphite nanoplatelets integrated into plastic medical surfaces can prevent infections, killing 99.99 per cent of bacteria which try to attach -- a cheap and viable potential solution to a problem which affects millions, costs huge amounts of time and money, and accelerates antibiotic resistance. (2020-03-23)
Environment: Opening plastic bags and bottles may generate microplastics
Opening plastic packaging, such as plastic bags and bottles may contribute to the generation of small amounts of microplastics -- small plastic particles less than 5 mm long -- during daily tasks, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. (2020-03-19)
Microplastics found in a quarter of San Diego estuary fish
Nearly a quarter of fish collected from a San Diego stream contain microplastics. (2020-03-18)
Physicists propose new filter for blocking high-pitched sounds
Need to reduce high-pitched noises? Science may have an answer. (2020-03-17)
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