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Plastic pollution of oceans is a growing menace

Microbes living on floating pieces of discarded plastic are affecting the ocean ecosystem. This plastic pollution poses a significant risk to invertebrates, humans and other animals.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Why Samsung can still succeed with plastic Galaxy S5 bodies

Rumors are floating around suggesting that Samsung is holding off on the release of the Galaxy S5 smartphone, which was scheduled for one year later after the Galaxy S4. Whatever the reason may be, they will not disappoint.
In the Media by Milton Este

Plastic bag recycling available to most Canadians

Toronto - Recycling of plastic carry-out shopping bags is locally available to 93 percent of the Canadian population according to a new study.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Use of nanotechnology to fight fungal infections

Researchers have converted recycled plastic bottles into non-toxic and biocompatible materials designed to specifically target and attack fungal infections.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

From plastic to oil: Making waves with a machine and a vision Special

Vancouver - Upgyres, a Vancouver organization, is looking to use the famous Blest machine that converts plastic into oil as a tool to clean up the North Pacifc plastic garbage patch. My interview with its director sheds light on this enterprise.
Digital Journal Report by J Ocean Dennie - 2 comments

New stretchy material conducts electricity

A new stretchy material has been developed which conducts electricity. The material was used to manufacture a transparent loud speaker.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Plastic ocean junk harbors pathogenic bacteria

Pathogenic bacteria are residing in the masses of plastic debris that float over large areas of the world's oceans. Scientists have named this ecological hazard the "Plastisphere."
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Cooking oil recycled to make cheaper plastics

Scientists have developed a method for producing cheaper 'bioplastics' made from used cooking oil combined with certain microorganisms. This would not only lead to cheaper plastics, it would also help with environmental recycling.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Can fruit salad hold the key to the cars of the future?

Driving a lemon is not something a motorist wants to do, but studies by Brazilian scientists are looking to change that.
In the Media by John Duarte

Plastic-eating fungi found in Amazon may solve landfill problems

Just when you thought that plastic waste was never going to break down in the environment, along comes Mother Nature to solve the problem.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 20 comments
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Mold resistant bioplastics

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have devised a new method of applying an Aspergillus strain called K49...
Dec 30, 2012 in  Reason and Science by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Del Monte is now packaging single bananas in plastic?

It is with great sorrow I pass along this news. Bananas have now been snackified. Del Monte, the great provider of...
Mar 8, 2011 in  I Heart Food by David Silverberg - 6 comments
 

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