Eight million tons: Researchers calculate the magnitude of plastic waste going into the ocean
A plastic grocery bag cartwheels down the beach until a gust of wind spins it into the ocean. In 192 coastal countries, this scenario plays out over and over again as discarded beverage bottles, food wrappers, ...
First graphene-based flexible display produced
(Phys.org) —A flexible display incorporating graphene in its pixels' electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, the first time graphene has been used ...
A breath reveals a hidden image in anti-counterfeit drug labels
An outline of Marilyn Monroe's iconic face appeared on the clear, plastic film when a researcher fogs it with her breath.
Ekocycle 3D printer uses recycled plastic bottles as component in filament cartridges
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.
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.
3D pen-in-air aims for professional heights
Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur
Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team ...
Container rethink: Ooho team cooks up water holder
Team builds implantable piezoelectric nanoribbon devices strong enough to power pacemaker (w/ Video)
Researchers use plant oils for novel bio-based plastics
Washington State University researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, ...
Recipe for antibacterial plastic: Plastic plus egg whites
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such ...
Novel plastic could spur new green energy applications, 'artificial muscles'
A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of the material ...
Many plastics labeled 'biodegradable' don't break down as expected
Recycling plastic works; additives to biodegrade plastic do not.