Device captures energy from walking to recharge wireless gadgets
By the end of 2014, Earth will be home to more mobile electronic devices than people. Smartphones, tablets, e-readers, not to mention wearable health and fitness trackers, smart glasses and navigation devices—today's ...
Shrinky Dinks close the gap for nanowires
(Phys.org) —How do you put a puzzle together when the pieces are too tiny to pick up? Shrink the distance between them.
All the world's oceans have plastic debris on their surface
The Malaspina Expedition, led by the Spanish National Research Council, have demonstrated that there are five large accumulations of plastic debris in the open ocean that match with the five major twists ...
Development of the world's strongest magnesium alloy
There is strong demand for the improvement of the mechanical properties (particularly the strength) of magnesium (Mg) alloys to meet the growing industrial applications of structural materials.
Plastic tide 'causing $13 bn in damage', UN says
The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13 billion a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the United Nations warned Monday at the launch of a global ...
Researcher invents continuous, zero-toxic-emission system that converts nonrecycled plastics into crude oil
Plastic is becoming a major problem worldwide: In 2012, the United States alone produced roughly 32 million tons of plastic waste, while only recycling about 9 percent of its plastic, according to the Environmental ...
Tiny plastic dwellers have big impact on our oceans
(Phys.org) —Microscopic creatures that live on tiny ocean plastics greatly affect the fate and ecological impacts of marine plastic pollution, according to researchers from The University of Western Australia.
Ford and Heinz explore potential of repurposed tomato parts
Scottish residents to help put an end to microplastic pollution on beaches
"From whales to wellies, syringes to cigarette butts and fishing lines to fridges – it's all been found around the Forth. But not many locals realise they are sharing their beach with nurdles." So says ...
Microplastic pollution hits the headlines
Over the last few weeks we have seen an upswing in the coverage of microplastic pollution in the media, bringing this important issue to the fore.
A new class of recyclable thermoset plastics
Plastics comprise around 10% of solid waste in Australia. And while we can recycle certain types, there is a group of particularly stable plastics called thermosets, common in electronic devices, which c ...
Team made great improvements of nanogenerator power efficiency
Nanogenerators are innovative self-powered energy harvesters that convert kinetic energy created from vibrational and mechanical sources into electrical power, removing the need of external circuits or batteries ...
Regenerating plastic grows back after damage (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —Looking at a smooth sheet of plastic in one University of Illinois laboratory, no one would guess that an impact had recently blasted a hole through it.
Plantable containers show promise for use in groundcover production, landscaping
Consumer demand for groundcover plants for residential and commercial landscapes is on the rise. Low-growing, low-maintenance groundcovers are favored not only for their aesthetic appeal, but also for their ...