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Sunlight degrades polystyrene faster than expected
A study published by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that polystyrene, one of the world's most ubiquitous plastics, may degrade in decades or centuries when exposed to sunlight, rather than thousands of years as previously thought. (2019-10-10)
Reducing, reusing Europe's 2.5 million tonnes of plastic in e-waste each year
Plastics account for about 20% of materials in electronic and electrical equipment (EEE); most isn't designed for recovery and reuse. (2019-10-10)
Particles emitted by consumer 3D printers could hurt indoor air quality
The particles emitted from 3D printers can negatively impact indoor air quality and have the potential to harm respiratory health, according to a study from researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and UL Chemical Safety. (2019-10-07)
Plastic teabags release microscopic particles into tea
Many people are trying to reduce their plastic use, but some tea manufacturers are moving in the opposite direction: replacing traditional paper teabags with plastic ones. (2019-09-25)
Ditch the delicate wash cycle to save our seas
The volume of water used during a wash cycle, rather than the spinning action of the washing machine, is the key factor in the release of plastic microfibres from clothes. (2019-09-25)
Getting mac and cheese to Mars
Washington State University scientists have developed a way to triple the shelf life of ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese, a development that could have benefits for everything from space travel to military use. (2019-09-24)
Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Becoming benthic
From the Great Pacific garbage patch to inland rivers, plastics are among the most widespread contaminants on Earth. (2019-09-23)
Complexity of plastics make it impossible to know which are dangerous
A recent study found that 3 out of 4 plastic consumer products contain harmful chemicals. (2019-09-17)
Combination of wood fibers and spider silk could rival plastic
Combination of wood fibres and spider silk could rival plastic The unique material outperforms most of today's synthetic and natural materials by providing high strength and stiffness, combined with increased toughness (2019-09-16)
Army research looks at pearls for clues on enhancing lightweight armor for soldiers
By mimicking the outer coating of pearls (nacre, or as it's more commonly known, mother of pearl), researchers at University at Buffalo, funded by the Army Research Office (ARO), created a lightweight plastic that is 14 times stronger and eight times lighter (less dense) than steel and ideal for absorbing the impact of bullets and other projectiles. (2019-09-16)
Four billion particles of microplastics discovered in major body of water
While collecting water samples and plankton, researchers discovered a high concentration of microplastics, which are known to disrupt the marine food chain. (2019-09-12)
Microplastics stunt growth of worms -- study
New research shows that the presence of microplastics can stunt the growth of earthworms, and even cause them to lose weight -- potentially having a serious impact on the soil ecosystem. (2019-09-11)
Major environmental challenge as microplastics are harming our drinking water
Plastics in our waste streams are breaking down into tiny particles, causing potentially catastrophic consequences for human health and our aquatic systems, finds research from the University of Surrey and Deakin's Institute for Frontier Materials. (2019-09-09)
Speech impairment in five-year-old international adoptees with cleft palate
In a group of internationally adopted children with cleft lip and/or palate, speech at age five is impaired compared to a corresponding group of children born in Sweden, a study shows. (2019-09-06)
Beetle scales hold secret to creating sustainable paint from recycled plastic, research shows
The structure of ultra-white beetle scales could hold the key to making bright-white sustainable paint using recycled plastic waste, scientists at the University of Sheffield have discovered. (2019-08-29)
Bottles made of lignocellulose, perfumes of apples
Many companies are working on materials that would be as light and resistant as plastic but at the same time fully biodegradable. (2019-08-19)
Microplastic drifting down with the snow
Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in sea-water, drinking water, and even in animals. (2019-08-14)
Enhanced natural gas storage to help reduce global warming
Researchers have designed plastic-based materials that can store natural gas more effectively. (2019-08-09)
Green turtles eat plastic that looks like their food
Green turtles are more likely to swallow plastic that resembles their natural diet of sea grass, new research suggests. (2019-08-09)
3D printed rocket fuel comparison at James Cook University
James Cook University scientists in Australia are using 3D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they've built to test the fuels. (2019-07-30)
Study shows non-lethal impacts of seabirds' plastic ingestion
An IMAS-led study of seabirds that had ingested plastic debris has revealed a range of non-lethal impacts on their health and physiology. (2019-07-30)
Scientists find clue to 'maternal instinct'
Oxytocin is referred to as the love hormone and is important in the regulation of social and maternal behavior. (2019-07-25)
Magnetic eyelashes: A new source of MRI artifacts
American Journal of Roentgenology researchers used a phantom to show that magnetic eyelashes worn during MRI can cause substantial artifact and that detachment of the eyelashes from the phantom can occur. (2019-07-24)
A new concept for self-assembling micromachines
Polarisable microrobots components can be designed to find each other in an electric field. (2019-07-23)
Cigarette butts hamper plant growth -- study
Researchers have shown for the first time that cigarette butts reduce plant growth. (2019-07-19)
Research shows black plastics could create renewable energy
New study looks at how plastics can be recycled and could help reduce plastic waste. (2019-07-16)
Facial plastic surgery in men enhances perception of attractiveness, trustworthiness
In the first of a kind study, plastic surgeons at Georgetown University found that when a man chose to have facial plastic surgery, it significantly increased perceptions of attractiveness, likeability, social skills, or trustworthiness. (2019-07-11)
Bringing the blockchain into the physical world
A team of computer scientists from Lancaster University, the University of Edinburgh in the UK, and the Universiti Teknologi MARA, in Malaysia, created the prototype BlocKit because blockchain -- the decentralised digital infrastructure that is used to organise the cryptocurrency Bitcoin and holds promise to revolutionise many other sectors from finance, supply-chain and healthcare -- is so difficult for people to comprehend. (2019-07-10)
Awareness of product transformation increases recycling
A plastic bottle becomes a jacket, an aluminum can a bicycle. (2019-07-10)
Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic
Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world's oceans, new research shows. (2019-07-04)
Recycling plastic: Vinyl polymer broken down to aspirin components
Not a day goes by without news of microplastics in our oceans. (2019-07-01)
(Not only) the wind shows the way
When the South African dung beetle rolls its dung ball through the savannah, it must know the way as precisely as possible. (2019-06-25)
Shaken and stirred: Scientists capture the deformation effect of shock waves on a material
Understanding how shock waves affect structures is crucial for advancements in material science research, including safety protocols and novel surface modifications. (2019-06-21)
Boomers back on the dating scene seek cosmetic procedures to put their best face forward
In today's dating world, singles make snap judgments about potential dates as fast as they can swipe. (2019-06-19)
A forest of nano-mushroom structures keep this plastic clean and stain-free
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering have created a flexible optical plastic that is stain-resistant and superomniphobic, finding inspiration in a surprising place: the shape of Enoki mushrooms. (2019-06-19)
Virus genes help determine if pea aphids get their wings
Researchers from the University of Rochester shed light on the important role that microbial genes, like those from viruses, can play in insect and animal evolution. (2019-06-14)
More men undergo plastic surgery as the daddy-do-over trend rises in popularity
Just as women can turn to a suite of procedures, known as the 'Mommy Makeover,' more men are embracing their own set of treatments, the 'Daddy Do-Over,' to boost their confidence and improve their physical appearance. (2019-06-12)
Reaching and grasping -- Learning fine motor coordination changes the brain
When we train the reaching for and grasping of objects, we also train our brain. (2019-06-12)
LED-ing the way: A clean and convenient method to oxidize plastic surfaces for industry
A Japanese research team at Osaka University used chlorine dioxide to oxidize polypropylene. (2019-06-11)
57% of the plastic waste on the Tarragona coast is clothing fibers from washing machines
The sea water, beaches and sediments on the Tarragona coast contain quantities of plastic similar to those in a big city like Barcelona. (2019-06-10)
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