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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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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

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.
In the Media by Tucker Cummings

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.
Digital Journal Report by Andrew Reeves - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin

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.
In the Media by Saikat Basu - 10 comments

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.
In the Media by Laura Trowbridge - 24 comments

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.
In the Media by Chris Stewart - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Stephanie Dearing - 10 comments

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.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Kevin Jess

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?
In the Media by David Zetland - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Haley January Eckels - 2 comments

Giant microwave turns plastic back to oil

A United States company is taking plastics recycling to another level, turning them back into the oil they were made from, and gas. No, really. Could it be that simple? Looks like it.
In the Media by RobotGod - 6 comments

Scientists Take Step Closer to Growing Plastic on Trees.

The recent edition of the journal Science contains a report that scientists working at the DOE/Pacific Northwest National laboratory have directly converted sugars ubiquitous in nature to an alternative source for those products that make oil so valuable
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 16 comments

Scientists create 'Plastic' Blood

Sheffield Univeristy researchers create plastic blood and claim it can be stored in any temperature and for a longer period.
In the Media by Chris V. Thangham - 3 comments

Is your Keyboard healthy?

How to keep your keyboard healthy for a long time?
In the Media by Chris V. Thangham - 12 comments
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An albatross chick killed by eating plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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An example of the plastisphere - plastic junk on the sea

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