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Bioplastic elastomer debuts in safe, soft toys
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For the first time, a soft plastic has been introduced that is safe, biodegradable and sustainable. A small Kansas-based startup company called Green Dot, which styles itself as a "biotechnology social enterprise that makes the world's only plant-based, compostable elastomer verified to meet U.S. and E.U. standards for 'compostability' has launched a pioneering material specifically designed for customers looking for a soft plastic solution that "treats the planet with respect." More


Toward improved impact performance of injection-molded plastic parts
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Plastic components for demanding industries, such as the automotive and aeronautic ones, are often required to withstand deformation at high strain rate during their service life. Safety regulations impose increasingly demanding specifications for energy absorption during impact loading of plastic components. However, knowledge of the impact behavior of polymeric materials is sketchy, and the use of valid predictive methodologies and tools is rare. More

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Stronger eco-film for food packaging and medicine
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Biosynthesized polyhydroxyalkanoates are biodegradable and renewable. As a result, they have attracted much attention recently as candidates to replace petroleum-derived plastics. Among them is the copolymer poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate), commonly known as P(3HB-co-4HB). Its processing properties are superior to those of pure poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), and its mechanical properties are adjustable. More


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Deadline for paper submission has been extended for ANTEC Mumbai
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The deadline for submitting papers for ANTEC Mumbai has been extended to Sept. 14. You are invited to submit a paper in any of the following areas: advances in materials, advances in processing, advances in materials performance, advances in machinery and advances in rheology, modeling and simulation. More

Polymer-linking technology joins the 'unjoinable'
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Ever tried to paint on top of silicone? After a few hours, the paint will peel off. Silicone is a so-called low surface energy polymer, well known from flexible baking forms: A synthetic material that has an extremely low adhesion or "stickiness." Teflon is similarly nonsticky and well known from frying pans. Researchers have now developed the first technology that is capable of joining these two "unjoinable" materials. More

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Army sends 3-D printing labs to Afghanistan for on-demand gear
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3-D printing has yielded items both fascinating and potentially troubling. Now we can add one more to the list of printed achievements: The U.S. Army has had a rapid prototyping wing for some time, and now they've deployed full teams — complete with scientists and 3-D printers — to Afghanistan. The Rapid Equipping Force, as the wing is known, will be there to print one-off tools from a 20-foot shipping container stuffed to the gills with technology. More

InVivo will use 46 3-D printers to make spinal scaffolds
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The use of plastic scaffolds to treat human spinal cord injuries is moving close to reality. InVivo Therapeutics has developed a treatment based on a biocompatible polymer scaffold to provide structural support to a damaged spinal cord in order to stop tissue from scarring following a serious spinal cord injury. Each plastic unit will be custom produced for a specific location using 3-D printers. More

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Nano-scale analysis without the destruction
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With a new tool, scientists can analyze nanostructures at an unprecedented level of detail without destroying them in the process, say researchers. The nuclear magnetic resonance apparatus will allow for further developments and new applications for nanotechnology, which is increasingly used in harvesting solar energy, computing, communication developments and also in the medical field. More

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Watching single nanoparticles work
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By shining laser light on the modified tip of an atomic force microscope, researchers in Germany and the Netherlands have been able to watch a catalytic reaction in real time, zoomed right in to the nanoscale. The technique combines AFM with Raman spectroscopy, using the silver-coated AFM tip to boost the reaction's Raman signal while also acting as the catalyst. More


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Illinois governor rejects plastic bag recycling bill
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Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a bill that would have required Illinois plastic bag manufacturers to set up collection and recycling programs, calling it a "roadblock" for local communities to make their own choices. The proposed law says manufacturers must set up recycling programs with the goal of increasing the recycling rate by 12 percent by 2015 and to eventually make bags from at least 30 percent recycled content. More

Common metals promise electricity bounty
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Less expensive solar technology using common metals could cover America's rooftops and supply a significant part of the country's electricity, scientists say. With enough sunlight falling on home roofs to supply at least half of America's electricity, shingles that generate electricity from the sun and can be installed like traditional roofing could be a source of cheaper and more sustainable solar power, researchers reported. More

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Consultant pushes for change in Mexico's plastics sector
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A leading plastics industry consultant has urged the sector in Mexico to shake off the years of "lean growth" that have, in his words, plagued it since 2001 and to cease to behave "like drowsy prawns at the mercy of the tide." More

India to introduce plastic currency
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The Indian government plans to bring in plastic currency to tackle the increasing menace of counterfeiting in the country. The proposed currency would be launched with enhanced security features, and government has directed the Reserve Bank of India to conduct field trial on INR 10 denomination in five cities having different climatic conditions and geographical locations, according to Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena. More

Intel, team turn plastic waste into pencil holders for children in need
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Intel, which receives some of its manufacturing material on plastic reels, has assembled a team of companies to assist in melting down the reels and molding them into pencil boxes — dyed Intel blue — for distribution to kids as part of a back-to-school drive. More

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