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XNA is synthetic polymer DNA that's stronger than the real thing
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New research has brought us closer than ever to synthesizing entirely new forms of life. An international team of researchers has shown that artificial nucleic acids — called "XNAs" — can replicate and evolve, just like DNA and RNA. Every organism on Earth relies on the same genetic building blocks: the information carried in DNA. But there is another class of genetic building block called "XNA" — a synthetic polymer that can carry the same information as DNA, but with a different assemblage of molecules. More


Improved properties of hybrid epoxy nanocomposites
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Polymer-clay nanocomposites are a new, emerging class of organic-inorganic hybrid materials consisting of nanometer-scale (layered and irregular-shaped) inorganic particles dispersed in an organic polymer matrix. Compared to conventional polymers filled with microsized particles, they possess superior specific strength and stiffness, and good fire-retardant and enhanced barrier properties with as little as a few percent of nano-additives. Using both halloysite and recycled cellulose fibers as fillers in epoxy composites enhances their thermal stability, mechanical and fracture properties. More


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Bio-inspired polymer synthesis enhances structure control
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In a study published in the prestigious journal Nature Chemistry, researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom have outlined a new method of polymer synthesis based on a combination of segregation and templating — a pair of natural approaches that have evolved over billions of years to direct complex biological processes. More

DSM sees big future in regenerative medicine, resorbable plastics
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DSM, the Dutch plastics giant, is making a $360 million bet that biomaterials and regenerative medicine will play an important role in future medical care. The acquisition continues a trend at DSM away from commodities and toward specialties, particularly in the life sciences. Kensey Nash Corp. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement in which DSM will acquire all of its stock for $38.50 per share in cash. More

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Fine-tuning nanotech to target cancer
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For more than a decade, researchers have been trying to develop nanoparticles that would deliver drugs more effectively and safely. The idea is that a nanoparticle containing a drug compound could selectively target tumor cells or otherwise diseased cells, and avoid healthy ones. Antibodies or other molecules can be attached to the nanoparticle and used to precisely identify target cells. More

Scientists develop composite material to enhance device response time
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By combining polymer semiconductors and small molecules into a composite material to make organic thin-film transistors — a process known as composite collaboration — researchers have found a way to increase the speed of the electrical charge moving through a device's components. The end result could someday be a smartphone that reacts to your touch much more quickly than your current handset. More

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Researchers develop new asphalt blends using nanoclays
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In a paper titled "Nanoclay-Modified Asphalt Materials: Preparation and Characterization," Zhanping You, an associate professor at Michigan Technological University, has reviewed the effect of nanomaterials in the preparation and characterization of asphalt. The paper also discusses new inventions of You's group that demonstrate that nanoclay-modified asphalt materials can be used to build safer and longer-lasting roadways. These new asphalt blends are capable of preventing potholes, rutting and cracks. More

Carbon nanotubes: A new wonder material
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What are carbon nanotubes exactly? As the name suggests they are tubes that have one or even multiple walls. Their diameter is more than 50,000 times smaller than that of a human hair. Carbon nanotubes are very good conductors for heat and electrical currents. This makes them interesting for computer companies, because it is theoretically possible to create transistors out of this material that are 10 times smaller than the smallest transistors used today. More

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The key to lower Ultrabook prices? Plastics
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With laptop manufacturers struggling to keep costs down as they try to emulate the MacBook Air with Ultrabooks, they may have figured out one way to shave dollars off the price. Intel's Taiwan chief believes Ultrabook pricing could fall as low as $599 later this year — though $699 might be a more popular "sweet spot" — in part because vendors will move away from sleek metal chassis and toward plastic-based ones. More

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Plastics industry lobbying LA not to outlaw bags
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With Los Angeles on the verge of becoming the nation's largest city to ban single-use bags at supermarkets and convenience stores, the plastics industry is beginning to fight back. With a series of radio and television commercials along with a website (, the American Progressive Bag Alliance also is lobbying city lawmakers to try to head off the plans to outlaw use of the bags. More


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1st compression blow forming system produces defect-free pharma bottles
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Amcor Rigid Plastics, the world's leading producer of rigid plastic packaging, and Italy's Sacmi Imola S.C., the industry's leading manufacturer of compression molding equipment for closures, have commercialized the industry's first compression blow forming machine for the production of rigid HDPE pharmaceutical bottles. More

Fabrication method can affect the use of block copolymer thin films
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A new study by a team including scientists from NIST indicates that thin polymer films can have different properties depending on the method by which they are made. The results suggest that deeper work is necessary to explore the best way of creating these films, which are used in applications ranging from high-tech mirrors to computer memory devices. More

BASF buys Brazil polyamide polymer business
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BASF announced that it has acquired the polyamide polymer business of the Mazzaferro Group, Brazil. BASF is hereby further strengthening its position with regard to engineering plastics and polyamide polymers in South America. The companies have agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction. More

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China's new resin association aims to clear plastics' name
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The China Synthetic Resin Supply & Sale Association made a debut at the Chinaplas 2012 trade show in Shanghai. The new trade group is formed by merging the former China Engineering Plastics Industry Association and the China Chemicals Supply & Sale Association and will host its first general assembly meeting in June. The new group will aim to "clear the name of plastics," among other tasks, said Chairman Yang Weicai at a news conference at Chinaplas. More

Inexpensive, abundant starch fibers could lead to 'ouchless' bandages
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A process that spins starch into fine strands could take the sting out of removing bandages, as well as produce less expensive and more environmentally friendly toilet paper, napkins and other products, according to Penn State food scientists. More

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Plastic-powered plane aims to soar across England
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A globe-trotting, eco-minded adventurer aims to fly the length of England in a tiny plane powered by plastic rubbish — if he can raise the funds needed to get the flight off the ground. The adventure is the latest in a series of alternative-fuel journeys dreamed up by Andy Pag, a trained engineer who's already driven a chocolate-powered truck across the Sahara Desert and a bus fueled with used cooking-oil around the world. More

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