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Plastic waste disintegrates into nanoparticles, study finds
There is a considerable risk that plastic waste in the environment releases nano-sized particles known as nanoplastics, according to a new study from Lund University. The researchers studied what happened when takeaway coffee cup lids, for example, were subjected to mechanical breakdown, in an effort to mimic the degradation that happens to plastic in the ocean. (2018-12-19)

Baby teethers are a novel source of infant exposure to endocrine disruptors
A new study has found that endocrine disrupting chemicals -- which can interfere with the actions of hormones in the body -- are present in some plastic teethers for babies, and the chemicals can leach out of the products. (2015-05-18)

Billions of plastic items are sickening coral reefs
A new study estimates that 11.1 billion plastic items are lodged along coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific, and that their presence increases the risk of coral disease from 4 to 89 percent, in some cases. (2018-01-25)

Gold nanoparticles enrich everyday products
A new technique for dispersing nanoparticles through polymers opens a world of new properties for diverse products. (2010-05-04)

Researchers use high tech in mold watermark to protect plastic products from piracy
Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have devised a high-tech way to add anticounterfeiting to plastic products as they are created in the molding process. The process could cost less than one percent of the total cost of manufacturing the product. (2008-03-28)

Over 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced and most of it thrown away
More than 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been manufactured since the material was initially mass-produced in the 1950s, according to 'the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics,' which reports the majority has ended up in landfills or natural settings. (2017-07-19)

Plastic products leach toxic substances
Many plastic products contain hazardous chemicals that can leach to the surroundings. In studies conducted at the University of Gothenburg, a third of the tested plastic products released toxic substances, including five out of 13 products intended for children. (2011-05-16)

Ocean current dumps plastic in remote Arctic waters
The Arctic Ocean is a dead-end for plastics floating in the North Atlantic, a new study reports. The study confirms that plastics are abundant and widespread in seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia, even though human populations -- contributors of plastic waste -- are low there. (2017-04-19)

Cool gas makes more than great fizzy drinks - New "Koolgas" injection method increases plastic production by 40%
Many people think the most useful use of a cool gas in a product is as a key part of fizzy drinks but researchers at the University of Warwick's Warwick Manufacturing Group have found that that cool gases also prove amazingly useful if injected into plastics. (2001-07-03)

Does science have a plastic problem? Microbiologists take steps to reducing plastic waste
A research group based at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute, developed an approach to reduce plastic waste produced by their lab. They have shared their approach in the journal Access Microbiology, with the hope that other labs will follow suit. (2020-10-15)

For malignant biliary obstruction, plastic stents may be cost-effective alternative
Preoperative biliary drainage (PBD) with stent placement has been commonly used for patients with malignant biliary obstruction. In PBD, the placement of fully covered self-expandable metal stents may provide better patency duration and a lower incidence of cholangitis compared with plastic stents. But a new study in the November issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy suggests that plastic stents may provide similar outcomes at a potential cost savings. (2016-11-03)

Some patients stop needing antidepressant medication after having plastic surgery
It has been proven that plastic surgery can improve self-esteem, but can it also act as a natural mood enhancer? A significant number of patients stopped taking antidepressant medication after undergoing plastic surgery, according to a study presented today at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Plastic Surgery 2006 conference in San Francisco. (2006-10-08)

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)

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. While seabird deaths due to swallowing plastic debris or becoming entangled in it have received global attention, the non-lethal effects on seabirds that survive plastic ingestion are less well-known. (2019-07-30)

Plastic packaging industry is moving towards completely bio-based products
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technique to significantly improve the quality of bio-based plastic packaging. (2012-12-04)

Dramatic rise in ethnic plastic surgery in 2005
The number of ethnic patients who chose to enhance their appearance or minimize the signs of aging through cosmetic plastic surgery took a substantial jump in 2005, with nearly 2.3 million procedures performed. Hispanics continue to lead all ethnic groups with more than 921,000 cosmetic procedures, up 67 percent from 2004; followed by African Americans with 769,000 procedures, up 67 percent; and Asians with 437,000 procedures, up 58 percent. (2006-03-16)

Even immediate, significant efforts to reduce plastic pollution could leave Earth with 710 million metric tons by 2040, modeling suggests
Immediate and globally coordinated action to limit plastic consumption and waste could reduce the rate of plastic pollution by nearly 80% over the next two decades, according to a new modeling report. (2020-07-23)

Trawl of Red Sea surface waters finds little plastic
The Red Sea has relatively low amounts of floating plastic debris in its surface waters due to fewer sources or faster removal. (2018-01-08)

Giant larvaceans transfer ocean pollution by ingesting plastic waste
Pinkie-sized plankton called giant larvaceans can ingest tiny pieces of plastic and pass them in their fecal pellets, which then sink to the bottom of the ocean. (2017-08-16)

New plastic electrochromic devices
The NANOEFFECT 'Nanocomposites with High Colouration Efficiency for Electrochromic Smart Plastic Devices' project, led by the Fraunhofer-Institut Silicatforschung (ISC), is designing new electrochromic devices that are totally plastic and flexible, capable of changing colour on the simple application of an electric current. (2005-11-21)

Plastic debris releases potentially harmful chemicals into seabird stomach fluid
A recent study has found that plastic ingested by northern fulmars, a common seabird, could release potentially toxic chemicals in their stomachs. Using plastic waste from the shore and stomach fluid from fulmars, the researchers closely mimicked fulmar plastic consumption. The findings highlight that plastic waste in the sea not only poses physical risks for seabirds, but could also have toxic effects. (2020-08-19)

Faces age due to fat loss, skin changes - not gravity
To the surprise of many people, the loss of fat and sun exposure play a bigger role than gravity in aging the face, according to a study presented today at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2004 conference in Philadelphia. (2004-10-12)

Can facial plastic surgeons correctly estimate age from a photograph?
The lack of scientific tools to translate perceptions - such as more beautiful or rejuvenated -- into numbers that can be analyzed is a challenge in the field of facial plastic surgery and it can get in the way of producing high-quality scientific publications. (2016-11-17)

TECNALIA develops innovative and sustainable material for wine bottle stoppers
TECNALIA, through its construction unit, is developing a revolutionary material, which is both innovative and sustainable, to make stoppers for wine bottles. The aim of PLACOTOP project is to substitute the plastic stoppers used for wine bottles with stoppers that are made up of a composite material. (2010-09-20)

Mangroves threatened by plastic pollution from rivers, new study finds
Mangrove ecosystems are at particular risk of being polluted by plastic carried from rivers to the sea. Fifty-four per cent of mangrove habitat is within 20 km of a river that discharges more than a tonne of plastic waste a year into the ocean, according to a new paper published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. Mangroves in southeast Asia are especially threatened by river-borne plastic pollution, the researchers found. (2021-01-26)

Rivers carry plastic debris into the sea
Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic debris ends up in the sea. The path taken by plastic to reach the sea must be elucidated before it will be possible to reduce the volume of plastic input. To date, there was only little information available on this. It has now been followed up by an interdisciplinary research team who were able to show that plastic debris is primarily carried into the sea by large rivers. (2017-10-17)

'Fringe' plastic surgery procedures more hype than reality, ASPS says
Vaginal rejuvenation, pectoral implants, buttock implants and calf augmentation have been touted in the media recently as the (2006-03-15)

Plastic debris crossing the Pacific can transport more species with the help of barnacles
The smooth surfaces of much of the plastic waste rapidly increasing in the ocean appear to provide poor habitat for animals -- that is, until barnacles step in. (2016-02-04)

Breast implant Website launched by leading plastic surgery societies
Information regarding the safety and effectiveness of breast implants, silicone or saline-filled, has been confusing and controversial for more than a decade. To help potential patients become fully informed about implants, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons today launched an informational Web site, (2005-03-07)

Brain damage in fish affected by plastic nanoparticles
A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that plastic particles in water may end up inside fish brains. The plastic can cause brain damage, which is the likely cause of behavioral disorders observed in the fish. (2017-09-25)

Scientists calculate impact of China's ban on plastic waste imports
Scientists from the University of Georgia have calculated the potential global impact of China's ban on plastic waste imports and how this policy might affect efforts to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the world's landfills and natural environment. (2018-06-20)

The fungus among us: A new way of decomposing BPA-containing plastic
Just as cooking helps people digest food, pretreating polycarbonate plastic -- source of a huge environmental headache because of its bisphenol A content -- may be the key to disposing of the waste in an eco-friendly way, scientists have found. Their new study is in ACS' Biomacromolecules, a monthly journal. (2010-07-28)

Plastic surgeons or nurses: Who are the better injectors?
In recent years, minimally invasive aesthetic injectable procedures have grown in popularity as more and more men and women are seeking age-defying treatments. As Botulinum toxin -- generally known as Botox -- use has increased, a growing number of nonaesthetic health professionals have emerged to perform procedures utilizing this and other injectables. According to a survey, plastic surgeons consider themselves the most capable injectors, as reported in the official journal of ISAPS Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, published by Springer. (2014-08-01)

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)

Microbial answer to plastic pollution?
Fragments of plastic in the ocean are not just unsightly but potentially lethal to marine life. Coastal microbes may offer a smart solution to clean up plastic contamination, according to Jesse Harrison presenting his research at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh today. (2010-03-28)

Study reveals reason women are more sensitive to pain than men
For centuries, it has been generally believed women are the more sensitive gender. A new study says that, when it comes to pain, women are in fact more sensitive. According to a report published in October's Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), women have more nerve receptors, which cause them to feel pain more intensely than men. (2005-10-24)

From plastic bag to railway sleeper
Railway sleepers made from waste plastic, including recycled bumper scrap and old computer cases could be putting in an appearance on railway tracks soon. UK company Micron is making sleepers from waste polystyrene and polyethylene. Polystyrene is commonly used in disposable coffee cups, and polyethylene is more likely to be seen hanging from trees in the form of carrier bags. But the longevity of this plastic means that railway sleepers made using it can potentially last for centuries. (2007-05-07)

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)

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)

Seabirds study shows plastic pollution reaching surprising levels off coast of Pacific Northwest
Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Columbia. (2012-07-04)

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