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ocean plastics

We’re ruining Earth’s oceans one piece of plastic at a time

April 28th, 2021

Humans have irreversibly altered Earth in many ways, but one of our longest-lasting legacies will always be our invention of plastics. Plastics are cheap, durable, and easy to produce. They’re both a blessing and a curse, and plastic waste has piled up in every corner of the globe. Because most of our planet is covered …

fully recyclable plastic

New breakthrough could yield the first 100% recyclable plastics

May 7th, 2019

We’re surrounded by plastics for much of our lives. Plastics are cheap and easy to make, they’re often incredibly durable, and they last just about forever. Unfortunately, those upsides are also terrible news for the environment, as plastic waste continues to pile up despite recycling efforts and public awareness campaigns. One of the biggest problems …

Shape-Shifting Sheet Plastic

I can’t stop looking at this slim shape-shifting sheet of plastic

January 15th, 2016

Technology advancements of the 21st century, in any shape and form, are simply incredible, and I’m not talking just about that powerful yet tiny computer in your pocket. All around us, start-ups and researchers are thinking of new products that can improve various aspects of life. Take, for instance, researchers from the Zhejiang University, who have …

Scientists create self-healing plastic, the ‘Holy Grail of Material Science’

March 29th, 2012

Cell phones, tablets, cars and even weapons systems that can heal themselves when scratched or cracked are no longer confined to science fiction. During the American Chemistry Society’s annual conference on Monday, University of Southern Mississippi Professor Marek Urban demonstrated the new material and discussed numerous potential applications. When scratched or cracked, the new plastic …