Posts Tagged 'plastic'

‘Terminator’ Polymer Spontaneously Repairs Itself

healingpolyPhys.org reports –

Scientists in Spain have reported the first self-healing polymer that spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention. The new material could be used to improve the security and lifetime of plastic parts in everyday products such as electrical components, cars and even houses. The researchers have dubbed the material a ‘Terminator’ polymer in tribute to the shape-shifting, molten T-100 terminator robot from the Terminator 2 film.
Scientists in Spain have reported the first self-healing polymer that spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention. The new material could be used to improve the security and lifetime of plastic parts in everyday products such as electrical components, cars and even houses.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-self-healing-polymer-spontaneously-independently.html#jCp

Teen Makes Plastic Decompose Fast

One ecological problem, plastic in landfills, may have been solved by a Canadian teen.

Wired reports –

Plastic takes thousands of years to decompose — but 16-year-old science fair contestant Daniel Burd made it happen in just three months. The Waterloo, Ontario high school junior figured that something must make plastic degrade, even if it does take millennia, and that something was probably bacteria.

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