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Biodegradable bridges

January 3, 2020

Researchers are looking into new materials to lay the foundations for living structures that respond to their environment.…
Microbial cooperation at the micron scale impacts biodegradation

November 19, 2019

The carbon cycle, in which CO2 is incorporated into living organisms and later released back into the atmosphere through…
Deepwater Horizon oil buried in Gulf Coast beaches could take more than 30 years to biodegrade

September 11, 2019

Golf ball-size clods of weathered crude oil originating from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe could remain buried in…
Making polyurethane degradable gives its components a second life

August 29, 2019

Polyurethane waste is piling up in landfills, but scientists have a possible solution: They have developed a method…
Why plastic bags are so hard to get rid of

August 14, 2019

In June, Canada joined a growing list of countries frustrated with the inability of market forces to shrink…
Biodegradable alternative to replace microplastics in cosmetics and toiletries

August 12, 2019

Plastic microbeads were banned from shower gels and toothpaste in the UK last year, but could still be…
When biodegradable plastic isn’t

May 20, 2019

The ubiquitous plastic bag is handy for transporting groceries and other items home from the store. However, this…
Study shows potential for Earth-friendly plastic replacement

April 11, 2019

The quest to keep plastic out of landfills and simultaneously satisfy the needs of the food industry is…
Wireless, battery-free, biodegradable blood flow sensor

January 9, 2019

Transforming super-sensitive touch sensors, Stanford engineers and medical researchers build a way to wirelessly monitor blood flow after…
Implantable, biodegradable devices speed nerve regeneration in rats

October 11, 2018

Car accidents, sports injuries, even too much typing and texting can injure the peripheral nerves, leaving people with…
Researcher developing new industrial uses for wax made from soybean oil

October 5, 2018

Petroleum-based paraffin wax commonly coats cardboard and all sorts of other products to improve durability and water resistance,…
Biodegradable plastic blends offer new options for disposal

September 10, 2018

Imagine throwing your empty plastic water bottle into a household composting bin that breaks down the plastic and…
UGA to test first fully biodegradable plastic straw

August 22, 2018

A research team that includes partners from the University of GeorgiaNew Materials Institute and the RWDC Environmental Stewardship…
Growing hemp and mushroom surfboards

August 2, 2018

Surfers care deeply about the health of the oceans—yet paradoxically—traditional surfboards comprise hazardous chemicals and non-biodegradable materials. Three design…
Biodegradable Sensor Monitors Pressure in the Body then Disappears

January 16, 2018

UConn engineers have created a biodegradable pressure sensor that could help doctors monitor chronic lung disease, swelling of…
Michelin Unveils Plan to Launch a Line of Biodegradable Tires for the Driverless Age

September 25, 2017

As the age of autonomous vehicles draws nearer, car manufacturers are beginning to rethink traditional design and focus…
Scientists make biodegradable microbeads from cellulose

June 9, 2017

Scientists and engineers from the University of Bath have developed biodegradable cellulose microbeads from a sustainable source that…
A better sustainable sanitary pad

May 15, 2017

Each year, nearly 20 billion sanitary pads, tampons and applicators are dumped into North American landfills every year,…
A step toward biodegradable plastics

November 15, 2016

MIT chemists have determined the structure of a bacterial enzyme that can produce biodegradable plastics, an advance that…
Process could make key biodegradable polymer stronger and longer-lasting

July 27, 2016

Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a biodegradable polymer commonly used to make a variety of products from disposable…
New Cotton Disposable Disinfecting Wipes – Effective, Biodegradable

June 28, 2016

People concerned about the environmental impact of synthetic disposable wipes accumulating in landfills can now take comfort in…
Researchers Take First Steps to Create Biodegradable Displays for Electronics

October 17, 2015

Americans, on average, replace their mobile phones every 22 months, junking more than 150 million phones a year…
Offshore wind farms could be more risky for gannets than previously thought, study shows

September 29, 2015

Offshore wind farms which are to be built in waters around the UK could pose a greater threat…
Flexible, biodegradable device can generate power from touch

August 18, 2015

Long-standing concerns about portable electronics include the devices’ short battery life and their contribution to e-waste. One group…
A new kind of wood chip: collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips

May 27, 2015

Portable electronics — typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials — are discarded at an alarming…
Fewer surgeries with degradable implants

November 4, 2014

Until now, in cases of bone fracture, doctors have used implants made of steel and titanium, which have…
Turning waste from rice, parsley and other foods into biodegradable bioplastics

August 21, 2014

Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable…
Tiny plastic dwellers have big impact on our oceans

June 19, 2014

Microscopic creatures that live on tiny ocean plastics greatly affect the fate and ecological impacts of marine plastic…
Biodegradable Packaging from Cotton Waste

December 11, 2013

Proprietary agricultural waste blends provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists to industry partners are being used in a…
Nanogrid, activated by sunlight, breaks down pollutants in water, leaving biodegradable compounds

November 11, 2013

Oil spills do untold damage to the environment–to the waters they pollute and to marine and other wildlife.…
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