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Scientists find new way to control light for next gen computing

Scientists have created a device reminiscent of a bee's honeycomb that can twist beams of light around tighter curves than has ever been witnessed before. This could become a powerful way of transmitting data on circuit boards in next gen computers.

Plastic pollution in the oceans consumed by corals

Sydney - Scientists studying Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have discovered that coral will eat microplastic pollution. Microplastics are the remains of plastic pollution discarded into the oceans.

French fries and a tooth? McDonald's Japan takes the heat

On Wednesday, McDonald's Japan Senior Vice President Hidehito Hishinuma held a press conference to apologize to customers over foreign objects, including a human tooth, being found in the company's food items.

Plastic waste builds up to record volume in the oceans

A new survey has revealed the full extent of the plastic problem in the world’s oceans. The research estimates more than 5 trillion pieces weighing nearly 250,000 tons are floating through the seas.

Plastic debris coats 88 percent of the world's oceans

Results from a study carried out during an around-the-world cruise by a research ship, scientists have found that 88 percent of the oceans' surface contains plastic debris, leading to concerns about the effects on both marine life and the food chain.

Recycling in the home to save money and the environment

The sheer quantity of garbage in this world is horrendous. Landfills, covered in glass, plastic, food leftovers and more, blight our landscapes. What we need to do is recycle our trash, not only to save the environment, but also to save a few bucks.

Super plastic mimics blood clotting

Chicago - A new high tech plastic has been developed which "heals itself," meaning that a cracked phone screen could be self-mended.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Forced to resign over a nose job? It happened in Egypt

In Egypt, ultra-conservative party Al Nour takes a strong stance against "sinful" things like popular music and plastic surgery. And under the suspicion of having plastic surgery, one Egyptian lawmaker has been forced to resign.

Portland, Oregon company making oil from discarded plastic Special

Portland - Portland, Oregon-based Agilyx is turning used industrial and municipal plastic waste into synthetic crude oil - and gaining some important allies in their effort to reduce waste and create jobs.

Students create Christmas tree from plastic spoons

Taichung - Students in Taiwan won an award for the best Christmas tree created from recycled materials with their 12 metre high tree made of plastic spoons.

Dying man found wrapped in plastic inside van

Sunningdale - Police found a fatally injured man, wrapped in plastic, in the back of a van which they chased and pulled over in Berkshire on Wednesday.

The unsolved mystery of the Atlantic’s garbage patch

The Great Pacific garbage patch is well documented. The Atlantic garbage patch is relatively less known. Little is known of its origins.

Boat made from 12,500 plastic bottles arrives in Sydney

A 60-foot catamaran made out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles sailed 8,000 nautical miles from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia in four months.

Boat made of plastic bottles crosses Pacific

"Plastiki", a water vessel made out of roughly 12,500 recycled bottles, successfully completed a journey from San Fransisco to Sydney, Australia.

How BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill belongs to every consumer

Think crude oil, and most people make a logical leap to fuel for vehicles. What we forget, because it's not something we discuss every day, is that petroleum is used to manufacture plastic products.

Canadian money to become plastic, coins will be steel next year

Ottawa - The Canadian federal government announced in its budget that paper Canadian currency will become plastic and have new security features next year. Its $2 and $1 coins will also receive new changes.

Plastic debris clogs the North Pacific Gyre, worrying scientists

The North Pacific Gyre - a stretch of ocean 1,000 miles from the California coast - serves as the earth's natural digestion chamber, grinding up terrestrial debris. Scientists now confirm that it is clogged with plastic.

Plastic Surgery Popularity On the Rise in Saudi Arabia

In the past only wealthy Saudis could afford cosmetic surgery but the demand has increased 10 fold in the last five years primarily due to the middle class and cheaper prices.

Op-Ed: The Economics of Shopping Bags

This shopping season is a good time to discuss the little-understood, but commonly-questioned, economics of shopping bags. Why is it that some places give you bags, others charge you, and still others give you a money credit when you bring your own?

Paper or Paper? Whole Foods Market to ban plastic bags

Whole Foods Market joins a growing list of organizations and governments who plan to eliminate the use of plastic grocery bags. The organic food retailer will stop using plastic bags by Earth Day 2008, which is held on April 22.
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An albatross chick killed by eating plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
An albatross chick killed by eating plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on t...
Food shoppers are already using reusable bags at a Blackwood Foodland market in South Australia on the day before a ban on plastic bags went into effect in 2009.
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An example of the plastisphere - plastic junk on the sea
An example of the plastisphere - plastic junk on the sea
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Del Monte s new bananas available in a plastic bag/wrap
Del Monte's new bananas available in a plastic bag/wrap
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A woman eating plastic on the TLC show My Strange Addiction
A woman eating plastic on the TLC show My Strange Addiction
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