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Video: Using microbes to generate bioplastics

European scientists are experimenting with bacteria and algae and turn them into bioplastic factories. Their vision: these microorganisms should produce a large portion of our plastic materials without any petroleum.

Mar 12, 2014
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Uncovering the secret world of the Plastisphere

Scientists are revealing how microbes living on floating pieces of plastic marine debris affect the ocean ecosystem, and the potential harm they pose to invertebrates, humans and other animals. New research ...

Feb 25, 2014
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Plastics highly concentrated in Australian waters

Microplastics less than 5mm in diameter are contaminating Australia's sea surface at a concentration of more than 4000 pieces per square kilometre, according to research from UWA and CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans ...

Feb 13, 2014
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Urban bees using plastic to build hives

Once the snow melts, Canada's bee population will be back in business—pollinating, making honey and keeping busy doing bee things. For at least two urban bee species, that means making nests out of plastic waste.

Feb 11, 2014
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Converting polyethylene waste into liquid fuel

Researchers in India have developed a relatively low-temperature process to convert certain kinds of plastic waste into liquid fuel as a way to re-use discarded plastic bags and other products. They report full details next ...

Jan 27, 2014
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Burning plastic as cleanly as natural gas

Yiannis Levendis, Distinguished Professor Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern, keeps a photograph of a burning plastic foam cup tacked to the wall above his desk. Thick black smoke emanates ...

Dec 05, 2013
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Testing smart plastics in real time

Nano additives can make plastics scratch and flame proof, or give them antibacterial properties. For this to work, the particle distribution within the plastic compound must be absolutely correct. A new device ...

Nov 05, 2013
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