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Biodegradable Plastic Straw

UGA to Test First Fully Biodegradable Plastic Straw

New Materials Institute and the RWDC Environmental Stewardship Foundation will develop a fully biodegradable plastic straw thanks to an award from Singapore’s Temasek Foundation...
recyclable polymer

‘Infinitely’ Recyclable Polymer Shows Practical Properties of Plastics

The world fell in love with plastics because they’re cheap, convenient, lightweight and long-lasting. For these same reasons, plastics are now trashing the Earth. Colorado...
Nanocellulose

Cheap, Eco-Friendly, Biocompatible: Bright Prospects For Nanocellulose

Nanocrystalline cellulose is said to be the material of the future. It can be synthesized from wood and recycled from paper, which makes it highly...
cancer cells

Fishing for One Bad Cell out of Trillions of Good Ones

Cancer cells can break away from a tumor and circulate through the blood. There are few of the cancer cells compared to the trillions...
Parkinson's disease

Toxic Agents Behind Parkinson’s Disease Seen at Work for the First...

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative nervous system disorder that affects more than six million people worldwide and causes nearly 120,000 deaths per year. In...
germs

Thinking About Germs Makes People Concerned About How They Look

Simply thinking about potential infection seems to increase people’s concerns about their own physical appearance, especially if they are chronic germ worriers, according to...
3D printing

New Generation of 3D Printing Requires Almost No Post-Processing

3D printing in metal requires some finishing, because the finished prints have very rough surfaces, which is why the industry primarily uses 3D printing...
3D printed plasticvideo

In First, 3-D Printed Objects Connect to Wifi Without Electronics

Imagine a bottle of laundry detergent that can sense when you’re running low on soap — and automatically connect to the internet to place...
dialysis technology

Chemist Studying Electric Fields, Microfluidics to Improve Dialysis Technology

About the time Robbyn Anand began studying concentration and separation technologies for her doctoral research, her older brother David was diagnosed with end-stage renal...
uraniumvideo

Uranium to Replace Plastic? Chemistry Breakthrough Could Pave the Way for...

Uranium can perform reactions that previously no one thought possible, which could transform the way industry makes bulk chemicals, polymers, and the precursors to...
phosphorescent

Development of High-Brightness, Long-Lasting Phosphorescent Material Suitable for LED Lighting

A phosphorescent material was developed with around three-times the afterglow luminance and twice the emission time of conventional materials, even when used with LED...
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Better Properties for Magnesium Alloy

Magnesium alloy can be made stronger and more workable by hot pressing under optimized conditions to produce an ultra-fine crystalline structure, A*STAR researchers have...
3D printervideo

New 3-D Printer Is 10 Times Faster Than Commercial Counterparts

MIT engineers have developed a new desktop 3-D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts. Whereas the most common...
landmines

Sophomore Helps Develop Method to Detect Landmines

A 5-year-old plays with his friends on the outskirts of a town in rural Afghanistan. As he runs around, a smooth, green object shaped...
soft robots

Artificial Muscles Give Soft Robots Superpowers

Soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers around the world have experimented with different materials and designs to...
cancer

How Disposable Diapers Can Improve Measurements of Tumor Growth

Catching cancer early can make all the difference for successful treatment. A common screening practice measures tumor growth with X-ray computed tomography (CT), which...
wastewater treatment

EU Testing Way to Use Sun to Break up Plastics in...

While exposure to sunlight can degrade plastics into harmless elements, it’s a slow process. In some cases plastics can take several years to decompose....
plastic

The Super Material That Can Replace Plastic

Plastic is in many ways a wonder material. It’s easy to shape, and it’s strong and cheap to produce. But plastics have also become...
communications

Lightning-Fast Communications

A mineral discovered in Russia in the 1830s known as a perovskite holds a key to the next step in ultra-high-speed communications and computing. Researchers...
flash memory

Highly Flexible Organic Flash Memory for Foldable and Disposable Electronics

A KAIST team reported ultra-flexible organic flash memory that is bendable down to a radius of 300 μm. The memory exhibits a significantly-long projected...