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Has US oil consumption decreased because of peak oil?
By Stefanie Heerwig
Since 2008, U.S. oil consumption has declined by more than 20 percent, giving peak-oil theorists their confirmation — world crude oil production is decreasing. And no matter how much U.S. production increases, everyone will feel the squeeze in the face of rising international oil prices. It is really hard to argue against this. After all, rising oil prices and decreasing consumption could be easily explained by one of the core peak-oil theories: the export-land model. So is this truly the end of oil?
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Functionalized graphene oxide in flame-retardant polypropylene
SPE Plastics Research
Graphene, a 2-D sheet material composed of carbon atoms in a hexagonal lattice, has aroused extensive interest in both scientific and industrial fields. The most promising strategies for the efficient preparation of large amounts of graphene sheets currently rely primarily on the chemical conversion of graphite to graphene oxide (GO). However, graphene and GO layers have a tendency to stack (‘agglomerate’) during the process of machining due to van der Waals forces.
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Scientists create 'self-healing' plastic inspired by human vascular system
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A new breakthrough in "self-healing" plastics has scientists looking forward to a future in which broken smartphones, utility pipes, and even satellites can repair themselves. Developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, the new polymer is 100 times stronger than previously designed self-repairing plastics, making it capable of fixing holes as wide as 3 cm.
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Plastics made out of shrimp are 100 percent biodegradable
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Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new type of fully biodegradable bioplastic that is made from chitosan, a material extracted from shrimp shells. Chitosan, a form of chitin, is a long-chain polysaccharide responsible for the hard shells of shrimps and other crustaceans.
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Plastics and packaging M&As have a good quarter
Plastics Today
Plastics and packaging mergers and acquisitions (M&As) continue to be on a roll. Following a strong finish in 2013, transactions in Q1 2014 matched the volume of Q4 2013, reports the M&A Quarterly - Plastics & Packaging, published by middle-market investment firm P&M Corporate Finance. With a year-on-year M&A increase of 25 deals and a total of 92 transactions, Q1 2014 was "the second consecutive quarter of deal flow above the quarterly average from the past three years, and the fourth consecutive quarter where activity remained flat or increased," says the report.
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Has US oil consumption decreased because of peak oil?
By Stefanie Heerwig
U.S. oil consumption has declined by more than 20 percent, giving peak-oil theorists their confirmation — world crude oil production is decreasing. And no matter how much U.S. production increases, everyone will feel the squeeze in the face of rising international oil prices. It is really hard to argue against this. After all, rising oil prices and decreasing consumption could be easily explained by one of the core peak-oil theories: the export-land model. So is this truly the end of oil?

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Plastics in construction: A vision of the future
By Adolfo Benedito
Plastics and their technology are youthful. We must remember the short history of plastic materials — which began in the late 19th century and grew throughout the 20th century — in relation to the wide experience of materials traditionally used in construction (metals, granite, ceramic and cellulosic). Initially, plastic materials were not considered as structural elements that were able to bear sustained loads. Undoubtedly, the characteristics of plastics were not the same as the ones of traditional cement or steel used for construction.

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Automotive lightweighting — Flash-forward material highlights
By Don Rosato
Automotive lightweighting with alternative plastic materials will remain an important technology trend into the foreseeable 2020-2025 time period. The lightweighting potential of every vehicle component is currently under investigation, and advanced plastics and plastic composites offer significant lightweighting potential. Fiber-reinforced plastic composites are typically 25-35 percent lighter than steel parts of equal strength. Low and ultra-low density sheet molding compound advances are also facilitating weight reductions.

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UK recyclers hit by rising insurance bills
Plastics News
The rising cost of insurance is the "most dangerous issue" facing plastics recyclers in the United Kingdom in the wake of high profile fires, according to Ben Gerry, general manager of Boomerang Plastics. "We won't quote exact figures but our premium for next year has increased by around 2,000 percent," he said.
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Paint-on plastic electronics align polymers for high performance
Product Design and Development
Semi-conducting polymers are an unruly bunch, but a new method for getting them in line could pave the way for cheaper, greener, "paint-on" plastic electronics. Jinsang Kim's group has developed and demonstrated a technique for creating high-performance semiconducting plastic surfaces.
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New report on global flexible packaging markets
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Materials such as plastics, paper, aluminum foil and cellulose are majorly used in flexible packaging. Factors such as increasing demand for food products, technological innovation in the packaging industry, rising disposable income of the individual, and changing consumer lifestyle are primarily driving the market. Moreover, flexible packaging is increasingly being preferred over rigid packaging due to several advantages such as less raw material requirement, low storage space, and lower shipping cost.
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Shining a light on polymer welding
Chemistry World
Chinese chemists have created an epoxy that can be rapidly hardened and reshaped by shining a light on it. Unlike traditional epoxies which are cured using heat, this approach uses carbon nanotubes to translate light energy into localized heat to set the epoxy. Shining additional light on the set polymer initiates self-healing and reshaping.
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3-D printing touching lives layer by layer
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Kelli Miller was holding her infant son, Luke, as he pawed at an odd-shaped object the size of a child's fist. The 8-month-old boy, at Phoenix Children's Hospital for a recent checkup, was touching a plastic replica of his heart — made by a 3-D printer the size of a large copying machine. Doctors used that brightly colored model as a guide for a delicate surgery performed on the boy in September, two weeks after his birth.
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Polymer nanoparticles deliver genes to brain tumor cells
Chemical & Engineering News
Delivering genes that trigger cell death to tumors could be an effective way to fight glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer. Now, researchers report biodegradable nanoparticles that can carry DNA into brain tumor cells in mice. The technique, which spares healthy cells, could be safer and more effective than other proposed gene therapy methods, researchers say.
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    Conducting polymer films decorated with biomolecules for cell research use
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    The ability to create conducting polymer films in a variety of shapes, thicknesses and surface properties rapidly and inexpensively will make growing and testing cells easier and more flexible, according to a team of Penn State bioengineers. "The ultimate goal of this collaborative project is to be able to create a substrate for growth and manipulation of cells," said Sheereen Majd, assistant professor of bioengineering. "Cells on a surface need to recognize biomolecules like extracellular matrix proteins to be able to adhere and grow."
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    House passes permanent research tax credit over WH veto threat
    UPI
    Defying a veto threat from the president, the House passed a bill on May 9 to make permanent a tax credit meant to give American businesses an edge by boosting research funding. The Republican-backed measure is an extension of the Research and Experimentation Credit, first implemented in 1981, which has expired eight times and extended 14.
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    UT Dallas moves towards 3-D implantable electronics
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    A team of researchers from The University of Texas, Dallas, in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, has been working on shape-memory polymers (SMP) in the form of thin-film transistors, a type of material that allows electronic devices to change and restore shape according to their exposure to a stimulus, such as light or heat, as they go from being rigid to soft and adjustable 3-D objects.
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