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  • Plastic Trash Vortex Menaces Pacific Sealife

    11/07/2006 2:20:00 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 81 replies · 2,523+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 06, 2006 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON — Old toothbrushes, beach toys and used condoms are part of a vast vortex of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, threatening sea creatures that get tangled in it, eat it or ride on it, a new report says. Because plastic doesn't break down the way organic material does, ocean currents and tides have carried it thousands of miles to an area between Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, according to the study by the international environmental group Greenpeace. This swirling vortex, which can grow to be about the size of Texas, is not far from...
  • Plastic planes 'set to rule sky'

    07/16/2006 8:03:59 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 80 replies · 2,220+ views
    BBC ^ | : Sunday, 16 July 2006, 19:25 GMT 20:25 UK | Staff
    Britons travelling abroad are likely to be flying in plastic planes in the future, says the chief of Boeing. All 737 planes would be made from non-metal materials, or composites, said president Alan Mulally. Ahead of the Farnborough Air Show, the US plane giant boss said "all future planes will be made out of composites", because it does not corrode. Millions of tourists fly in 737 planes each year. The Farnborough Air Show begins on Monday. Composite are formed when two or more materials with differing properties are combined. Such materials are already used in items such as tennis rackets...
  • Scientists Fear Chemical in Plastic Could Be Harmful

    07/06/2006 1:47:08 PM PDT · by oxcart · 33 replies · 1,136+ views
    ABC News ^ | 07/06/2006 | By JAIME J. HENNESSEY
    From food-storage containers to disposable silverware, plastic products are such a part of our lives that it's easy to forget they contain chemicals that could harm us. But last month, San Francisco banned a type of sturdy, hard plastic made with a molecule known as bisphenol A , or BPA. Any toys, bottles and pacifiers made with BPA must be replaced, according to the law the mayor signed in June. Why did the city take such drastic action? BPA, like many other man-made chemicals, is now detectable in most people's bloodstreams and could cause dangerous hormonal changes in children. BPA...
  • It's, like, a pot fest, dude (MN college libs smoking pot for 'social justice')

    04/19/2006 7:10:27 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 17 replies · 616+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-19-06 | MATT PEIKEN
    The CHEEBA Club's celebration of marijuana is 'part entertainment (free food and dodge ball), but it's also about social justice.' So, like, check this out. These dudes at Macalester College are throwing this righteous party Thursday. They're calling it CHEEBAdanza — "the Twin Cities premier marijuana festival." Says so right on the green flier. This isn't one of those mediocre pot fests — it's A-grade all the way. Excellent. First of all, OK, you have the date, right? Thursday, April 20. That's 4/20. And you know the party starts at 4:20 p.m. That's the legendary tokin' hour, my friends. So...
  • New biodegradable plastic phonecovers which you can plant and a sunflower will grow from it.

    03/30/2006 6:44:52 AM PST · by S0122017 · 10 replies · 436+ views
    Plastic problems Smooth, shiny plastic covers may make our mobiles look good - but they last for hundreds of years in landfill sites. Producing plastics creates a lot of nasty waste and products that can be difficult to get rid of or recycle. But Kerry Kirwan, an engineer at Warwick University, may have come up with an answer to our plastic problems. Plant power Kerry has been working with plastics manufacturer PVAXX Research to develop a new type of phone cover made from biodegradable plastics. These covers are created from a mixture of plastics and minerals. They break down into...
  • U.S. Soldier Starts Tikrit Chapter of Hobby Club

    03/02/2006 3:39:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 616+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. William Jones
    Dozens of donated plastic models are available for deployed service members to assemble in their free time. U.S. Army photo U.S. Soldier Starts Tikrit Chapter of Hobby Club The Tikrit chapter of the International Plastic Models Society has fifty members and that number is growing. By U.S. Army Spc. William Jones 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, March 2, 2006 — Some U.S. soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division are passing the time during their deployment by doing something they enjoyed doing as kids – building plastic models. “It is something that totally immerses you in to...
  • Beyond Bar Codes: Tuning Up Plastic Radio Labels

    02/14/2006 2:37:36 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 309+ views
    Science News Online ^ | 2-14-2006 | Peter Weiss
    Beyond Bar Codes: Tuning up plastic radio labels Peter Weiss Electronic labels made from plastic semiconductors can now pick up and respond to radio signals at a frequency suitable for use on products. At an electronics conference in San Francisco this week, two European industrial-research teams described plastic radiofrequency-identification (RFID) prototypes with those advanced capabilities. Although silicon-based RFID tags are already in wide use—for instance, in so-called smart cards used to pay mass-transit fares—the new developments bring closer the prospect of RFID tags becoming as common as bar codes, or perhaps even more so, the researchers say. Besides labeling consumer...
  • Diabetes From Plastic? Estrogen Mimic Provokes Insulin Resistance

    01/23/2006 3:03:47 PM PST · by blam · 33 replies · 2,069+ views
    Science News ^ | 1-23-2006 | Ben Harder
    Diabetes from a Plastic? Estrogen mimic provokes insulin resistance Ben Harder Exposure to small amounts of an ingredient in polycarbonate plastic may increase a person's risk of diabetes, according to a new study in mice. The synthetic chemical called bisphenol-A is used to make dental sealants, sturdy microwavable plastics, linings for metal food-and-beverage containers, baby bottles, and numerous other products. When consumed, the chemical can mimic the effects of estrogen. Previous tests had found that bisphenol-A can leach into food and water and that it's widely prevalent in human blood. The newfound contribution of the chemical to insulin resistance, a...
  • High-tech explosives stolen from US store

    12/20/2005 12:13:44 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 19 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Tuesday, December 20, 2005 11:13:53 am | The Press Trust of India
    NEW YORK: Huge amounts of high-tech explosives, including 67 kgs of commerical plastic explosives, which could be used to make numerous bombs, have been stolen from a private storage facility in the southwestern US state of New Mexico, officials said on Tuesday. The thieves used blowtorches to cut through the thick steel walls of a bunker where the explosives were stored, ABC news said quoting the officials. The missing 400 pounds of explosives includes 150 pounds of what is known as C-4 plastic, or 'sheet explosive,' which can be shaped and moulded and is often used by terrorists and military...
  • Plastic toys affect boys' hormones: Study

    11/26/2005 9:31:52 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 26 replies · 1,265+ views
    HT.com ^ | Sydney, November 26, 2005 | HT.com
    Plastic toys may have subtle effects on the male reproductive system, as chemicals found in products ranging from plastics to cosmetics may slowly reduce testosterone production in newborn boys, a new study has found. Danish paediatric endocrinologist Professor Niels Skakkebfk, of the Rigs hospitalet in Copenhagen, and team report their study of newborn exposure to phthalates in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "It gives a small piece of information that the newborn testis may be fragile to such toxins," Skakkebfk, was quoted by ABC Online, as saying. "Whether the effects will persist we can't tell but we were quite surprised...
  • Plastic deer threatened in city hunt

    09/26/2005 3:31:18 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 89 replies · 1,908+ views
    duluth news trib ^ | 9-26-05 | Jim Heffernan
    Homeowners who decorate their yards with life-sized plastic deer are complaining the sculptures are being damaged by those stalking real deer during Duluth's special season for bowhunters. "My decorative doe, Felicity, had an arrow sticking out of her hind quarter," Orval Pussywillow of Hunter's Park complained yesterday. "This has got to stop. We paid good money for our beautiful deer." Pussywillow said his four plastic pink flamingos and a lawn ornament depicting the posterior of a fat woman bending over were unmolested.
  • Australian scientists use plastic to make steel

    08/10/2005 10:50:30 PM PDT · by Dundee · 19 replies · 805+ views
    Yahoo News - Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 10 | Paul Tait
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have developed a technique to use waste plastic in steel making, a process that could have implications for recycling scrap metal that accounts for 40 percent of steel production. Professor Veena Sahajwalla of the University of New South Wales has won a prestigious Australian science award for what she calls "the hottest research in town," which she hopes will turn an environmental headache into a valuable resource. Under the process, waste plastics are fed into electric steel-making furnaces as an alternative source of carbon and heated to super-hot temperatures of 1,600 degrees Celsius (2,912 Fahrenheit)....
  • Study: Common plastic a threat- Bisphenol-A, prevalent in bottles,doubles as a potent sex hormone

    04/17/2005 6:00:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 1,849+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 4/17/05 | Douglas Fischer
    Mounting evidence suggests a plastic additive common in baby and sports bottles and used to line the inside of soda and tin cans is accumulating in our bodies at levels far beyond those known to cause considerable health problems in lab animals. At least that's the conclusion in research underwritten by the government or an independent source such as a university, a new review of 115 peer-reviewed publications has found. Industry-sponsored research has so far found no problem with the additive, bisphenol-A. And that, say the authors of a report published in the current edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, contributes...
  • (vanity) NATEC polymer cased ammunition...the future?

    03/22/2005 10:34:07 PM PST · by Sender · 32 replies · 1,973+ views
    NATEC ammunition ^ | 3/22/2005 | Dr Nabil Hussaini
    Sorry for the shameless vanity, but...plastic rifle ammo? I just bought a few boxes of NATEC polymer-cased ammunition. I'm extremely impressed.
  • Recycling is in the bag

    02/25/2005 12:37:40 PM PST · by JZelle · 10 replies · 452+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-25-05 | Ann Geracimos
    Plastic grocery bags: environmental curse or cure? Unlike paper products that come from trees, a renewable resource, plastic items are a petroleum-derived material and almost never are biodegradable. That would seem to give the environmental advantage to paper bags -- except that harmful chemicals and pollutants also are involved in the manufacture of paper. The debate remains a standoff, with the choice in most places ultimately up to consumers. However, a number of countries and locales have chosen, or are considering, taxing both kinds of disposable bags and using the money for research and education.
  • Special Appearance at the State Of the Union

    02/03/2005 7:07:54 AM PST · by GOP and the City · 17 replies · 685+ views
    GOP and the City | 2/3/05 | GOP and the City
    Did anyone catch this moment last night?
  • We Done Something Good...

    01/11/2005 9:16:42 AM PST · by Conservative Canuck · 16 replies · 3,989+ views
    In a paper published on the Nature Materials Web site on January 9, senior author and Professor Ted Sargent, Nortel Networks -- Canada Research Chair in Emerging Technologies at the University of Toronto's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his team report on their achievement in tailoring matter to harvest the sun's invisible, infrared rays. "We made particles from semiconductor crystals which were exactly two, three or four nanometres in size," Sargent said. "The nanoparticles were so small they remained dispersed in everyday solvents just like the particles in paint," explains Sargent. Sargent's team then tuned the tiny nanocrystals...
  • Ashes to ashes, grass to turf

    10/12/2004 9:58:13 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 1 replies · 275+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Tuesday, October 12, 2004 | Dan Majors
    Nobody wants to be pushing up daisies. But you kind of like to think that when you one day find yourself doing it, at least the daisies will be real. But not if you're six feet under Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, Calif. The Associated Press reported yesterday that the famous cemetery is giving up grass in favor of artificial turf. The owners of Sunset Hills Memorial Park say the switch will save as much as $180,000 in water and maintenance costs over the next three years. "I actually believe it will revolutionize the cemetery industry eventually," said...
  • kerry gun lies question

    10/06/2004 4:57:17 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 12 replies · 602+ views
    me ^ | 10-6-04 | Rakkasan1
    info needed on letter I'm writing...
  • Want to convert your old plastic cups into petrol? Read on !

    08/11/2004 7:02:17 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 38 replies · 979+ views
    Warsaw Business Journal ^ | 11th August 2004
    Several dozen Polish companies are interested in cooperation with Zbigniew Tokarz, inventor of a peculiar machine that is able to produce petrol out of plastic joghurt cups, car bumpers or foil. One machine can produce 500 liters of petrol per hour, which means that 360 tones of waste could be recycled this way each month by a single unit. Since Monday, when Gazeta Wyborcza's advertisement of the machine was published, the editor's office received hundreds of thousands calls. Association of Plastic Products Producers (Stowarzyszenie Przetwórców Tworzyw Sztucznych) and many other companies that are flooded with tones of plastic waste have...