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Canada unveils 'polymer' money
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The Bank of Canada is rolling out new, plastic-based $100 bills, which will hit the country's wallets by November. In this frankly mesmerizing video, above, a narrator explains the bill's numerous security features, including a hidden circle of numbers that match the note's value. It can only be seen by holding up the "frosted maple leaf window" to a "single-point light source." More


Strong, flexible high-lignin polypropylene blends
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Lignin is a natural amorphous polymer, which, together with cellulose and hemicellulose, is one of the main constituents of wood. It is a byproduct of paper production, when the 'kraft' pulping process separates it out from wood cellulose fibers. Lignin is only slowly broken down and can take 20–38 years to decompose in soil. This presents environmental problems, and so it is desirable to find new applications for it. More

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More homogeneous polyvinyl-silica nanocomposite films
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Most common materials such as metals, ceramics or organic polymers cannot meet all the demands of new technologies. Instead, they require enhancement of mechanical and thermal properties, functional coatings (scratch-resistance, barrier effect), and specific properties required by novel applications in optics, micro-electronics, photonics, etc. Composite materials, such as glass or carbon fiber-reinforced polymers, have been a first response to these challenges. More

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SPI's pellet-containment protocol heads north
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The Society of the Plastic Industry's environmental stewardship program that aims to keep loose resin pellets out of waterways and, eventually, oceans, has been extended northwards to Canada following a licensing agreement among the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, SPI and the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council. More

What new ethylene crackers tell us
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Sometimes a news item informs us about much more than the event in question. The recent announcements of new petrochemical projects in the U.S. fall into that category. Both Shell and Dow Chemical are planning new ethylene crackers in the U.S., a market in which established ethylene facilities were being shut down only a few years ago, as part of the demand destruction necessary to balance natural gas demand with shrinking U.S. supplies. More

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Tech turns junk plastics into diesel
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Normally, potato chip bags, beer rings, gooey food wrappers and other plastics that cannot be recycled go directly to the dump. But improvements on an existing technology could divert billions of tons of "end-of-life" plastics from landfills and turn them into gas to run cars and trucks. More

Mexico plastics industry applauds Mazda investment
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Mazda Motor Corp.'s decision to build a $500 million car and engine assembly complex in central Mexico in partnership with Sumitomo Corp. is a boost for the Mexican plastics industry, sector leader Eduardo Martínez Hernández says. The automotive industry buys about 4 percent of all the plastics consumed in Mexico, Martínez told Plastics News. More

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Canadian plant tests better way to recycle plastic
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A small Canadian company is trying to change the way some plastic is recycled with a pilot plant that will test a new process to reuse the polystyrene that makes coffee cups, food trays and packing material. Switchable Solutions Inc, a joint venture commercializing the new recycling method, said its industrial-scale pilot should begin operation in about a year. More

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'Stretching' technology could improve battery performance
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Designing new materials depends upon understanding the properties of today's materials. One such material, Nafion, is a polymer that efficiently conducts ions (a polymer electrolyte) and water through its nanostructure, making it important for many energy-related industrial applications, including in fuel cells, organic batteries, and reverse-osmosis water purification. More

New way to recycle that ubiquitous plastic
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In coming years, plastic bags, wrap, yogurt containers and other plastic tossed in the trash could be melted into marketable synthetic oil to help one Minnesota county meet higher recycling goals. It's one of several new strategies the county is considering to meet a state mandate requiring all seven metro counties to recycle more waste. Hennepin County is expected to recycle nearly half of its garbage by 2015. More

Vehicle energy recovery hits the road
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Decelerating vehicles lose notable amounts of kinetic energy as heat when the brakes are applied, thus wasting precious fossil fuels. Hybrid vehicles and Formula 1 racecars have the ability to recover part of this energy through the use of kinetic energy recovery systems but in the future, conventional vehicles may be able to contribute to energy conservation as a technology known as MotionPower literally hits the road. More

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Starlinger eyes Brazil for recycling growth
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Vienna-based Starlinger will supply its first bottle-to-bottle line in Brazil in June, offering production capacity of nearly 31 million pounds of pellets per year to an emerging market with a wealth of plastic reuse potential, the firm revealed at Brasilplast in São Paulo. More

Polymer protein templates pave way for new drugs study
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Scientists hoping to discover new drugs have found a way to study proteins from the body using polymer templates of the molecules. A team from Imperial College London and Surrey University is using molecularly imprinted polymers to create crystal forms of proteins that regulate functions in the body. More

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Study: Biodegradable plastics can release methane
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New plastics designed to break down naturally have been hailed as environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional plastics. Instead of taking decades or even centuries to decompose, they vanish in a few years. But new research at North Carolina State University suggests they may not be so green after all. More


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