Breakthrough in making plastic from pine trees

Breakthrough in making plastic from pine trees

university-of-bath-pine-trees-1BATH, UK: Most current plastics are made from oil, which is unsustainable. But, researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath have developed a renewable plastic from a chemical called pinene found in pine needles. Pinene is the fragrant chemical from the terpene family that gives pine trees their distinctive “Christmas smell” and is a waste product from the paper industry. The researchers hope the plastic could. Read More

Blood-repellent materials: A new tactic to medical implants

colorado-state-university-blood-repellent-1FORT COLLINS, US: Medical implants like stents, catheters and tubing introduce risk for blood clotting and infection – a perpetual problem for many patients. Colorado State University (CSU) engineers offer a potential solution: A specially grown, “superhemophobic” titanium surface that’s extremely repellent to blood. The material could form the basis for surgical implants with a lower risk of rejection by the body. It’s an outside-the-box innovation achieved. Read More

Strength of hair inspires new materials for body armor

university-of-california-hair-1SAN DIEGO, US: In a new study, researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) examine why hair is incredibly strong and resistant to breaking. This results could lead to the development of new materials for body armour and help cosmetic manufacturers create better hair care products. Hair has a strength to weight ratio similar to steel. It can be stretched up to one and a half times its original length before breaking. “We wanted to understand the mechanism. Read More

Test Sweet craving…. after meal

sweetsSuppose you had finished a delicious, big meal and your feeling full in your stomach but nevertheless hungry for having sugary sweets! This habit may derive from brain chemistry and your diet’s makeup cause one to crave sweets. These sweets are beneficial for your health and some sneak fiber into your diet to keep you full until your next meal and some Norwegian researchers have discovered that eating sugary desserts could help facilitate digestion and loosen stomach. Read More

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