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Phthalates now linked to fat, related health risks

...alates, a common chemical found in everything from plastics to soaps, already has been connected to reproductive problems and now, for the first time, is linked to abdominal obesity and insulin resistance in adult males, according to a study by the University of Rochester Medical Center. The research adds to...

Researcher examines polymers created with poultry feathers

...ech, is investigating ways to create biodegradable plastics from agricultural byproducts such as poultry feath... to Barone, the technology to create biodegradable plastics from biomass, such as corn and soybeans, has been around for more than 70 years. However the recent ...

Carnegie Mellon scientists use 'green' approach to transform plastics manufacturing

...ogy used to generate a diverse range of industrial plastics for applications ranging from targeted drug delive...ing in a product. For example, many ATRP-generated plastics for medical implants would be acceptable from a health perspective because they contain so little co...

Iowa State researchers improving plastics made from corn and soy proteins

...lecule. And that's how biorenewable, biodegradable plastics can be made from the proteins in Iowa crops. Bu... a team of Iowa State researchers to reinforce the plastics with nanoclays, pieces of clay that are just 10 to 20 billionths of a meter thick. It's not easy ...

Biofuels can replace about 30 percent of fuel needs with significant research and policy effort

...hydrogen, bio-fuel cells and next-generation green plastics and materials prepared from sustainable sources such as plants, sunlight and wastes. Other team leaders on the project include Dr. Charlotte Williams and Dr. Richard Murphy from the Imperial College London and Dr. Brian Davidson from Oak Ridge Natio...

Microbes convert 'Styrofoam? into biodegradable plastic

...t also be used to convert other types of discarded plastics into PHA, according to O’Connor. PHA has numerous uses in medicine and can be used to make plastic kitchenware, packaging film and other disposable items. The biodegradable plastic is resistant to hot liquids, greases and oils, and can have a long s...

Environmental chemical cocktail may sabotage sperm

...e diet and exposure to other compounds coming from plastics etc, we need to investigate their possible effects on the fertility of human sperm as quickly as possible." ...

Engineers improve plastic's potential for use in implants by linking it to biological material

...l screening, to look for peptide linkers for other plastics such as polyglycolic acid under study for tissue-repair or tissue-engineering purposes. "This is a powerful technique that can be used for biomaterials modification," Schmidt said, "and it hasn't really been explored very much until now." ...

DuPont's first biologically derived polymer receives global recognition

...ed in 1942, SPE has membership of more than 20,000 plastics professionals in the United States and more than 70 countries around the world. Conference Chairman Tim Kettering said, "The story of Sorona® is unique because it demonstrates that the use of renewable materials and processes can create new performan...

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