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  • Self-healing plastic mimics blood clotting

    05/11/2014 12:02:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 May 2014 Last updated at 03:26 ET Share this pageEmail | James Morgan
    A new plastic that "heals itself" has been designed, meaning your cracked phone screen or broken tennis racquet could mend its own wounds. The polymer automatically patches holes 3cm wide, 100 times bigger than before. Inspired by the human blood clotting system, it contains a network of capillaries that deliver healing chemicals to damaged areas ... But even the best self-healing plastics and polymers can only repair small-scale damage, the Science magazine authors note. "Although self-healing of microscopic defects has been demonstrated, the re-growth of material lost through catastrophic damage requires a regenerative-like approach," said Prof White. To fix larger...
  • Chain-store plastic bag ban: 'Just change your behavior'

    04/30/2014 7:39:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 30, 2014 | Meredith Rodriguez
    Chicago lawmakers’ decision to ban plastic bags in chain stores next year goes beyond the arguments over the city’s economic and environmental conditions. The measure that’s set to take effect a year from August touches on everyday decisions people make. People walking along Michigan Avenue on Wednesday said it will affect a range of habits, such as how they pick up after their dogs and line the trash cans in their bathrooms. Maiwand Mayar, 22, said that he uses them to transport his laundry and, like “anyone in every society,” his trash can. He couldn’t immediately think of how he...
  • New Process Recycles Milk Jugs Into 3D Printer Filament (10 cents per KG, vs. $50 now)

    03/06/2014 11:00:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Red Orbit ^ | March 6, 2014 | Staff
    Not only is manufacturing goods using a 3D printer far cheaper than purchasing items, new research appearing in a recent edition of the Journal of Cleaner Production reveals that it can actually help preserve the environment. The 3D printing process was very expensive when Charles W. Hull of 3D Systems Corp created the first working model in 1984, and while the costs have dropped dramatically over the past 30 years, the cost of purchasing plastic filament still needs to be factored in. The new study, however, shows how old milk jugs can reduce those expenses. In their study, Michigan Technological...
  • Those much maligned plastic grocery bags can run your diesel truck or car

    02/13/2014 1:37:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Watts Up with That? ^ | February 12, 2014 | By Diana Yates
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report. The conversion produces significantly more energy than it requires and results in transportation fuels – diesel, for example – that can be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels. Other products, such as natural gas, naphtha (a solvent), gasoline, waxes and lubricating oils such as engine oil and hydraulic oil also can be obtained from shopping bags. A report of the new study appears in the journal Fuel Processing Technology....
  • The Expiring Ban on Plastic Guns

    11/19/2013 9:27:52 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 19, 2013
    Even after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, Republican opponents of reasonable firearms restrictions in Congress blocked proposals for strengthened background checks and other steps to make future gun tragedies less likely. Now the question is whether anti-gun-control extremists will allow a federal ban on the manufacture, sale, import or possession of guns that are undetectable by metal detectors and X-ray machines to expire on Dec. 9. When Congress first approved the Undetectable Firearms Act in 1988, and renewed it in 1998 and 2003, the possibility of undetectable plastic guns being taken onto planes and into government buildings where guns are prohibited...
  • "Awwww ... How Cute!" Baby Orca Spotted with Plastic Trash Bag in Its Mouth

    08/01/2013 8:12:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    LiveScience ^ | August 01, 2013 | Megan Gannon,
    Orca Spotted with Plastic Bag in Mouth Researchers snapped a picture of a baby killer whale in the Pacific Northwest holding a plastic bag in its mouth, just the latest example of plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Last month, scientists from the Center for Whale Research monitoring orcas in the Salish Sea say they spotted a calf playing with what at first looked like a small scrap of blubber. When the baby whale dropped the item from its mouth, they realized it was actually a plastic bag.
  • Could an Italian Scientist Pave the Way for Human Head Transplants?

    07/02/2013 11:40:26 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    USNews ^ | 2 Jul 2013 | ALLIE BIDWELL
    In what sounds like a science-fiction novel come to life, one scientist says he is close to being able to affix one person's head to another human body. Italian scientist Sergio Canavero believes he has come up with an outline to successfully complete the first human head transplant in history, which could lead to solutions for those suffering from muscular dystrophy or tetraplegics with widespread organ failure. Head transplants have been attempted since the 1950s, when Russian scientist Vladimir Demikhov experimented with dogs. Twenty years later, American neurosurgeon Robert White conducted a successful head transplant by moving the head of...
  • Bag Ban, Fracking Limits Rejected (In California!)

    05/31/2013 6:49:32 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 27 replies
    KMJ 580 ^ | May 31, 2013 | Unknown
    "A bill that would have phased out single-use plastic bags was rejected by the state Senate Thursday, joining several other failed bids in previous years." "Defeated three bills to place limits on hydraulic oil and gas drilling, known as “fracking.” One bill would put a temporary moratorium on new drilling until more impact studies are completed. Another would impose safeguards to protect groundwater supplies."
  • Workable AR15 from LEGO bricks

    05/27/2013 4:34:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2013 | Dean Weingarten, Feinsteinproject
    This Young Lady is holding a rifle made with a Cavalry Arms LowerThe AR for Plastic Brick LoversThe article below is from the feinsteinproject. I just added the picture and title. You're going wait, wait, wait. Even if you WANT to build a gun out of plastic blocks, a gun made out of plastic is just a toy. Even that 3-D printed single shot is just a single shot toy. Ah. Let's talk about the AR-15, designed by Eugene Stoner in 1958. In the conventional fashion, he attached the barrel to a metal receiver that the bolt slides back...
  • Schumer: U.S. needs to block 3D plastic guns like ‘The Liberator’ from Defense Distributed

    05/06/2013 7:25:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/6/13 | Edgar Sandoval / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    The future just got a lot scarier. A Texas company is set to release blueprints for making a plastic gun with a 3-D printer — a development Sen. Chuck Schumer called “stomach-churning” Sunday. Defense Distributed, a collective of gun access advocates headed by self-described “free-market anarchist” Cody Wilson, has announced it made such an untraceable gun with the new plastic-making technology. The nonprofit Texas group intends to post blueprints for “The Liberator” (pictured) online this week. The Liberator may look like a toy, but “this gun can fire regular bullets,” Schumer said, calling for legislation outlawing the technology’s weapons potential....
  • This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos)

    05/03/2013 12:17:28 PM PDT · by null and void · 61 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/03/2013 @ 7:00AM | Andy Greenberg
    The 3D-printed gun that Cody Wilson calls the "Liberator." Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun. Now he has. Early next week [the] founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls “the Liberator,” All sixteen pieces of the Liberator prototype were printed in ABS plastic, [except] a single nail that’s used as a firing pin. The gun is designed to fire standard handgun rounds, using interchangeable barrels for different calibers of ammunition. Technically, Defense Distributed’s gun has one other non-printed...
  • Texas Lawmaker Wants To Stop Plastic Grocery Bag Bans

    03/20/2013 9:21:36 PM PDT · by mom of young patriots · 51 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 15, 2013 | Anna M. Tinsley
    Texas State Rep. Drew Springer embraces freedom. Even for plastic bags. The Republican from Muenster recently filed "The Shopping Bag Freedom Act," a bill intended to block plastic-bag bans in Austin and other Texas cities. Such bans are designed to push customers into buying reusable bags at the checkout stand or bringing some to the store. Supporters praise the bans as a boost for the environment. Critics deride them as unwarranted government intrusion that could increase costs for consumers. "At a time of economic recession and with food prices at an all-time high, this hidden social tax on the poor...
  • Store owners say plastic bag ban causes more shoplifting

    02/28/2013 1:50:46 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 51 replies
    www.seattlepi.com ^ | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Casey McNerthney
    When the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic bags and required businesses to charge a nickel for paper bags, city leaders believed it would be better all around. "I think we've gotten to a place where it's really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general," Councilman Mike O'Brien said at the time. But the bag ban is contributing to thousands of dollars in losses for at least one Seattle grocery store, and questions have been raised about the risk of food-borne illness from reusable bags that shoppers don't often wash.
  • Assembly Democrat wants grocery store ban on plastic bags [California]

    01/22/2013 10:27:56 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 48 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Kevin Yamamura
    Assemblyman Marc Levine announced today he will revive a proposal banning all single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores. Under the proposal, most grocery retailers could no longer provide thin plastic bags for customers starting in 2015. For 18 months, retailers could offer paper bags made of recycled materials or reusable plastic bags for customers to bag their milk, eggs and other groceries. Starting in July 2016, grocery retailers could only provide reusable plastic bags, which many stores already offer at a fee. The new proposal, Assembly Bill 158, also leaves room for stores to provide recycled paper bags at...
  • Guide to Personal 3D Printers

    01/13/2013 8:38:15 PM PST · by null and void · 49 replies
    Retrevo ^ | 1/10/13 | Andrew Eisner
    Guide to Personal 3D Printers 3D Systems’ Cube 3D There is an emerging new category in the gadget world. The products are called 3D printers and although still evolving, they are becoming relatively affordable and quite workable. The term and the idea of a personal 3D printer came from the work of two MIT grad students who in 1995 modified an inkjet printer to deposit layers of plastic in a process sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing. RepRap was also early on the 3D printer scene with an open source 3D printer project that helped inspire an early 3D printer...
  • Concord’s Plastic Bottle Ban in Effect

    01/01/2013 6:35:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    WGGB ^ | 1/01/13
    CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — A new ban on the sales of single-serving plastic water bottles has taken effect in Concord. The ban began Tuesday and follows an April vote by Town Meeting, which made historic Concord one of the first communities in the nation to make the bottles illegal.
  • 'Plastic gun' ban would make even less sense now than in 1988

    12/11/2012 10:59:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 December, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea reports that Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) has announced his intention to renew the ban on "plastic guns," set to expire next December: A test of a printed plastic lower firearm receiver has resulted in an anti-gun politician demanding renewal of a law against a gun that does not exist, Live Science reported today, citing a call by Rep. Steve Israel, D- N.Y., to renew “the federal ban on plastic guns just days after members of the ‘Wiki Weapon’ project tested a 3D-printed gun part in a live-fire test.” The "Undetectable Firearms Act" was first...
  • Plastic light bulbs have all the benefits of LEDs, none of the downsides

    12/03/2012 8:54:16 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/3/12 | Ben Kersey
    Scientists at the Wake Forest University have created a new type of light bulb that promises to be just as efficient as LED equivalents, but without any of the drawbacks. The new field-induced polymer electroluminescent bulbs — FIPEL for short — produce light when an electric current is passed through the nano-engineered plastic layers. The team says that the new type of bulbs are malleable, allowing them to take any shape like compact fluorescent lamps. They also won’t shatter like traditional bulbs, nor will they generate the same hum or flicker. The inventor of FIPEL, Dr David Carroll, believes that...
  • Peninsula cities queue up to vote on plastic bag bans [San Mateo County, Calif.]

    11/28/2012 7:51:06 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/2012 | Bonnie Eslinger
    [snip] Under the ordinance, stores will be prohibited from offering customers plastic bags for carrying out purchases and will be required to charge a dime per paper bag. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the price of paper bags will go up to 25 cent each. [snip] "Most of the comments I've gotten to date are not only supportive, but they are really enthused about it," said Moura, adding that the only complaint he's heard involves the paper bag charge. County officials are hoping as many of the bans will go into effect as possible by April 22, which is Earth...
  • Memo to greens: Maybe grocery bags should be disposable for a reason

    08/18/2012 7:17:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNSON
    From the Property and Environment Research Center, here’s a thought-provoking little vid about why we should all think a little more deeply about the unintended consequences of even our best intentions before we push for government fiat to make them a reality. The environmental movement in particular tends to be a big fan of forcing society to comply with what they deem to be virtuous behavior via government crackdown. The EPA is constantly justifying it’s many regulations by claiming that they’re only safeguarding the public’s health and welfare — for instance, that the costs of their clean-air regulations are trumped...
  • Freep a Poll! (The eternal debate: Paper or Plastic?)

    07/12/2012 2:39:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7-12-12 | Fox News
    What do you think: paper, plastic -- or both? Not sure. Isn't this an issue local governments should decide? Ban plastic, use paper. The environment is too important. Educate, don't legislate. Then let shoppers decide for themselves . Other (post a comment)
  • Freep a Poll! (The eternal debate: Paper or Plastic?)

    07/12/2012 2:39:39 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7-12-12 | Fox News
    What do you think: paper, plastic -- or both? Not sure. Isn't this an issue local governments should decide? Ban plastic, use paper. The environment is too important. Educate, don't legislate. Then let shoppers decide for themselves . Other (post a comment)
  • Only cameras can see through Black-Ops Plastic

    06/30/2012 3:44:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Geek ^ | 6/30/12 | Matthew Humphries
    Monitoring a location or person with a camera or microphone has become a lot easier in recent years due to cameras having much higher resolutions while being fitted into ever smaller devices. Just about every smartphone now carries a high resolution camera capable of recording video along with a decent microphone. If you want to record someone covertly though, you still have the issue of hiding your recording devices from view. You’re also going to want to leave them recording for long periods of time without being discovered. Qwonn, a manufacture of security products, has come up with the...
  • LA City Council Approves Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags

    05/23/2012 2:44:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    CBS) ^ | May 23, 2012 12:51 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags across the city. The ban was approved 13-1 and will affect 7,500 grocery stores in the city. Large retailers will have six months to phase out the bags, while small retailers would have one year. Paper bags would also cost customers 10 cents. City Councilman Eric Garcetti, who recently announced his candidacy for the mayor of L.A., told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO less than 5 percent of the bags used across the city ever reach a recycling bin. "Tese plastic bags clog our...
  • Ban on plastic bags at L.A. markets is approved

    05/23/2012 4:04:44 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 42 replies
    LATimes Blog ^ | May 23, 2012 | LA Times Blog
    Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation Wednesday to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a major victory to clean-water advocates who sought to reduce the amount of trash clogging landfills, the region’s waterways and the ocean. Egged on by actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and an array of environmental groups, the City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 12 months at an estimated 7,500 stores. Councilman Bernard Parks cast the lone no vote.
  • S.F. LEGISLATION - Where windbags dare to outlaw plastic bags

    12/04/2011 5:38:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/4/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    On his official website, San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi starts his list of accomplishments with this item: "Plastic Bag Ban: First-in-the-Nation ban on plastic bags in chain grocery stores and drug stores, which sparked similar legislation around the world from Oakland to Canada to Paris to Beijing." In his final month as supervisor before he becomes sheriff, Mirkarimi wants to expand the ban so that it applies to all stores and requires retailers to charge customers for bags at the checkout counter. "First in the nation" is rarely a good thing for a law. First, it means the measure is...
  • New startup believes it has a way to cheaply convert methane to ethylene

    10/04/2011 7:29:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | 10-04-2011 | Bob Yirka
    When people think of uses for petroleum, they generally think of oil and gasoline, but doing so means ignoring the production of ethylene, a compound used to make many of the products most people use every day, such as plastics. Unfortunately though, as the price of petroleum goes up, so too does the cost of producing ethylene and all the products that come from it. This is why chemical researchers have been searching for years for a way to produce ethylene via anther process. Now, startup company San Francisco based Siluria, believes it has found a pathway there using methane...
  • The Plastic Sandwich Bag Flunks

    08/28/2011 5:27:23 PM PDT · by mathprof · 100 replies
    new york times ^ | 10/26/11 | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
    Many retailers and schools are advocating waste-free options for back-to-school shoppers this year, especially when it comes to lunch. School lists call for Tupperware instead of Ziplocs, neoprene lunch bags instead of brown paper ones, and aluminum water bottles, not the throwaway plastic versions. Sales of environmentally friendly back-to-school products are up just about everywhere. At the Container Store, the increase is 30 percent over last year for some items, said Mona Williams, the company’s vice president of buying. “We have seen a huge resurgence,” she said. The trend makes the schools happy (much less garbage). It makes the stores...
  • Cheap Plastic Made from Sugarcane

    07/25/2011 11:56:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 07-25-2011 | Kevin Bullis
    Dow Chemical is building a plant to make polyethylene from sugarcane at costs that rival petrochemical production. Making plastic from sugar can be just as cheap as making it from petroleum, says Dow Chemical. The company plans to build a plant in Brazil that it says will be the world's largest facility for making polymers from plants. The project will begin with the construction of a 240-million-liter ethanol plant, a joint venture with Mitsui, that is set to begin later this year. By the beginning of next year, Dow will finish engineering plans for facilities that will convert that ethanol...
  • Plastic, Heal Thyself

    04/24/2011 12:48:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 20 April 2011 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge Image Light Therapy. Metal atoms (circles) absorb UV light, allowing them to move and reform bonds with binding groups on polymers (semicircles), healing a damaged polymer. Credit: Gina Fiore for Adolphe Merkle Institute/Case Western Reserve University/US Army Research Laboratory. Leave your child’s plastic toys out in the backyard over the summer, and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays bleach them and make them brittle. But UV light can be a healer, too, according to a new study. Researchers have created a polymer that mends itself when hit with a bright beam of UV light. The new self-healing plastic could...
  • The First Plastic Computer Processor

    03/25/2011 12:18:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Technology Review ^ | 3/25/11 | Tom Simonite
    Two recent developments—a plastic processor and printed memory—show that computing doesn't have to rely on inflexible silicon.Silicon may underpin the computers that surround us, but the rigid inflexibility of the semiconductor means it cannot reach everywhere. The first computer processor and memory chips made out of plastic semiconductors suggest that, someday, nowhere will be out of bounds for computer power. Researchers in Europe used 4,000 plastic, or organic, transistors to create the plastic microprocessor, which measures roughly two centimeters square and is built on top of flexible plastic foil. "Compared to using silicon, this has the advantage of lower price...
  • A whole new Romney for 2012 presidential run (Romney is still a fake RINO poser)

    03/04/2011 8:45:31 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 2011-03-05 | Paul West
    Washington — Defying his reputation as a 1950s square, the new, more casual Mitt Romney is popping up around the country as he readies a second run for president. He's going tieless on network TV, strolling NASCAR pits in Daytona and sporting skinny Gap jeans bought for him by his wife. His latest campaign book, just out in paperback, opens with a regular-guy scene: wealthy Mitt in a Wal-Mart checkout line, buying gifts for his grandsons and comparing the surroundings to Target, another discount store he says he's familiar with.
  • L.A. County passes sweeping ban on plastic bags

    11/16/2010 5:13:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/16/10 | Staff
    Enacting one of the nation's most aggressive environmental measures, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban plastic grocery bags in unincorporated areas of the county. The vote was 3-1, supported by Supervisors Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Zev Yaroslavsky, and opposed by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Supervisor Don Knabe was absent. The ban, which will cover nearly 1.1 million residents countywide, is to the point: “No store shall provide to any customer a plastic carryout bag.” An exception would be made for plastic bags that are used to hold fruit, vegetables or raw meat in order...
  • Organic Crystal Allows Excitons to Travel Further, Produces More Efficient Plastic Solar Cells

    10/12/2010 10:33:05 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | October 11, 2010 10:56 AM | Tiffany Kaiser
    Rubrene crystal raises hope for the use of organic semiconductors and cheaper, more efficient solar cells Rutgers University physicists have found new properties within a material that could lead to the production of less expensive and more efficient plastic solar cells. Vitaly Podzorov, co-author of the study and assistant professor of physics at Rutgers University, along with his research team have discovered that organic semiconductors allow energy-carrying particles -- which are created by "packets" of light -- to journey a thousand times farther than researchers previously thought. "Organic semiconductors are promising for solar cells and other uses, such as video displays, because they can be...
  • 150 people fined for throwing plastic bags in drains

    07/01/2010 7:39:44 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 2 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 30, 2010
    Cracking the whip on all those throwing plastic bags in drains, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has fined nearly 150 people and collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh in a fortnight. After having learnt lessons from July 26 deluge, when plastic bags had blocked drains and led to flooding in the metropolis, the civic body has formed two 'plastic ban' squads consisting of six people. "We have collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh from 146 people who were caught throwing plastic in drains in the last 12-13 days. These people are largely hawkers and shopkeepers," Deputy Municipal Commissioner...
  • Dead squid gets plastic surgery

    06/02/2010 1:52:43 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies · 360+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 1, 2010, 7:00AM | NATE TRAYLOR
    The patient needed just a nip and a tuck — nothing three experienced plastic surgeons couldn't handle. But the patient in this case was a 12-foot Pacific giant squid, and already dead. On Friday, surgeons hunched over a gelatinous carcass, laid out like a wet dress on a stainless steel table outside the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Their mission: Stitch up its battle wounds and reattach its head. OIMB's director, Craig Young, said the goal was to make the creature a presentable attraction at the future Charleston Marine Life Center. Plans call for a 6,000-square-foot, two-story public museum and...
  • Calif. moves to ban plastic bags at grocery stores

    06/02/2010 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1,125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2010
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the grocery store. Legislation passed Wednesday by the California Assembly would prohibit grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags.
  • Back to the ObamaCare Future (price controls in Massachusetts)

    03/01/2010 5:01:37 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 917+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 1, 2010 | Editorial Board
    Natural experiments are rare in politics, but few are as instructive as the prototype for ObamaCare that Massachusetts set in motion in 2006. The bills for "universal coverage" are now coming due, and it appears the state political class is prepared to do lasting damage to one of America's top-flight health-care systems. Last month, Democratic Governor Deval Patrick landed a neutron bomb, proposing hard price controls across almost all Massachusetts health care. State regulators already have the power to cap insurance premiums, which Mr. Patrick is activating. He also filed a bill that would give state regulators the power to...
  • Most Indian Plastic Toys Are 'Toxic' [Mostly made in China]

    01/15/2010 9:50:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 577+ views
    BBCNews ^ | January 15th 2010
    Most Indian Plastic Toys Are 'Toxic' The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) studied a sample of Indian toys and found that all of them contained high levels of phthalates. Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastic and the group says India has no regulations to control their use. The use of these chemicals in Europe and the US is strictly regulated. 'Most vulnerable' The CSE studied a sample of toys sold in India and found that all of them contained high levels of phthalates, Sunita Narayan, director of CSE told a press conference in Delhi. Nearly half of them...
  • Plastic chemicals 'feminise boys'

    11/17/2009 5:01:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,076+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/17/09 | BBC
    Chemicals in plastics alter the brains of baby boys, making them "more feminine", say US researchers. Males exposed to high doses in the womb went on to be less likely to play with boys' toys like cars or to join in rough and tumble games, they found. The University of Rochester team's latest work adds to concerns about the safety of phthalates, found in vinyl flooring and PVC shower curtains. The findings are reported in the International Journal of Andrology. Plastic furniture Phthalates have the ability to disrupt hormones, and have been banned in toys in the EU for some...
  • Study: Chemicals in plastic can make boys act more like girls (Does this explain man-child Hussein?)

    11/16/2009 3:27:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 663+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/16/09 | Rosemary Black
    Study: Chemicals in plastic can make boys act more like girlsBy Rosemary Black DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Monday, November 16th 2009, 4:09 PM Chemicals found in many plastics are causing little boys to act more like little girls, according to new research. A team at the University of Rochester studying the safety of phthalates -- chemicals in the plastic used in many household objects – found that they can actually disrupt hormones, according to BBC News. The chemicals affect the baby's developing brain by deactivating testosterone, the male sex hormone, according to the BBC. In the study, scientists tested urine...
  • U.S. Army orders bridges made of recycled plastic

    11/13/2009 3:12:38 AM PST · by Willie Green · 4 replies · 421+ views
    CNET -- Planetary Gear ^ | November 12, 2009 | Candace Lombardi
    Axion International Holdings has won a $957,000 contract to provide the U.S. Army with two bridges made from a thermoplastic composite and recycled plastic, the company announced Wednesday evening. The two bridges, which are replacing old wooden ones, will be constructed at Fort Eustis in Virginia from a proprietary Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) developed by Axion in conjunction with scientists at Rutgers University. The railroad cross-ties will be made entirely of a plastic composed of recycled materials from both consumer and industrial plastic waste. Axion asserts that its recycled plastic railroad ties are actually longer-lasting that typical creosote-treated wood railroad...
  • Missouri lawmakers ban wrong plastic

    08/25/2009 3:24:50 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 26 replies · 1,156+ views
    KWMU.News ^ | August 24, 2009 | staff reporter
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KWMU) - A law taking effect this week could make criminals out of people who bring Tupperware onto many Missouri rivers. The law was intended to reduce the floating debris from discarded foam coolers. But lawmakers confused their chemistry and barred the wrong plastic. The white foam coolers commonly called "Styrofoam" are made from expanded polystyrene. But the law bars polypropylene instead. That's a plastic found dishwasher-safe plastic containers. The mix up means river floaters can use foam coolers without fear. But someone caught with a plastic container could risk up to a year in jail.
  • Plastic Surgery Tax Eyed As Revenue Raiser

    07/27/2009 4:30:30 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 24 replies · 977+ views
    Face-lifts, tummy tucks and hair transplants could be hit with a new tax to help finance the trillion-dollar healthcare overhaul plan, according to sources familiar with the Senate talks. The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes. The idea was broached in a meeting with OMB Director Orszag in mid-July, after which Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some "interesting," "creative," and "kind of fun" ideas. The tax, which has not been officially scored, would plug some of the revenue gap senators are seeking...
  • Those Reusable Grocery Bags Can Cause Food Poisoning

    05/20/2009 7:44:01 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 27 replies · 1,548+ views
    National Journal/The Lid ^ | 5/20/09 | The Lid
    Once again the cure is as bad as the illness. Remember when you went to the grocery store and brought your food home in brown paper bags. Those bags were great, they had so many uses once you brought them home, everything from trick or treating, to trash bags. Throughout my school years every text book I had was covered with one of those brown paper bags. But those bags used paper and the environmentalists wanted to save the rain forests so they switched to those thin plastic bags. The plastic could still be used for Halloween, and are perfect...
  • Mineral water in plastic bottles contaminated with hormones (Chems act like female hormones in body)

    03/13/2009 1:01:18 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 39 replies · 2,197+ views
    The Local.de ^ | 13 Mar 09
    Scientists at Frankfurt University have shown that mineral water in plastic bottles is contaminated with chemicals which act like female hormones in the body. A research project in conjunction with the German Environment Ministry showed that some were as contaminated as water from sewage works for the oestrogen-like substances. Martin Wagner, who worked on the study, said in a statement, “When we started the work we did not expect to find such a massive oestrogen contamination in a foodstuff which is so strictly controlled.” The scientists examined 20 different brands of mineral waters, 12 of which displayed heightened hormone content.
  • Retailers Pull Plastic Bottles From Shelves Citing Safety Concerns

    11/17/2008 4:02:46 PM PST · by dvan · 19 replies · 1,424+ views
    AVIVA ^ | NA | NA
    Retailers Pull Plastic Bottles From Shelves Citing Safety Concerns Concerns about the chemical component Bisphenol-A (BPA) lead several major Canadian retailers to pull plastic bottles from their stores today. Chains including The Bay, Zellers, Canadian Tire, Sport Chek and Athlete’s World have removed conventional plastic water bottles from their stores following the lead of other retailers including Mountain Equipment Co-op, Lululemon and Aviva Natural Health Solutions. Health Canada is widely expected to officially list BPA, a chemical component frequently used in clear, moldable, polycarbonate plastics, as a potentially dangerous chemical substance as early as today. In the United States, the...
  • Hey Buddy, wanna buy a bag (plastic bag ban)

    07/24/2008 10:25:11 PM PDT · by BJungNan · 36 replies · 85+ views
    http://www.desertvalleystar.com/desert_hot_springs_plastic_bags_07-24-08.html | July 24, 2008 | Wiley Smith
    By Wiley Smith; July 24, 2008 Just saw that Los Angeles banned plastic bags and will charge 25 cents for each paper bag the store supplies to customers. Three percent of the bag fee will be returned to the retailer (0.045 cents), 3 percent (0.045 cents) will go to the state, and the rest (0.16 cents) will go back to the city to fund an education campaign. Of course, some enterprising individuals likely will be selling the bags for less, buying them at a landed cost of 0.05 cents and doubling their money for a sell price of 0.10 cents...
  • Plastic Eaters

    06/17/2008 5:22:19 AM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies · 99+ views
    Reality Sandwich ^ | 6-16-08 | Morgan Maher
    The problem and plague of plastic bags was eating away at Daniel Burd. So, for his science fair project he decided to find out what eats away at plastic bags. After testing various methods and reaching the formidable goal of isolating two strains of plastic-eating microorganisms (Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas), Burd found that plastic bags could be significantly decomposed in about six weeks, with total decomposition taking around three months. Scaling this to industrial applications should be easy, Burd says: "all that's needed is a fermenter, a growth medium and plastic, and the bacteria themselves provide most of the energy by...
  • How Plastic We've Become - Our bodies carry residues of kitchen plastics

    01/20/2008 9:13:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 234+ views
    Science News ^ | Jan. 19, 2008 | Janet Raloff
    In the 1967 film classic The Graduate, a businessman corners Benjamin Braddock at a cocktail party and gives him a bit of career advice. "Just one word…plastics." Although Benjamin didn't heed that recommendation, plenty of other young graduates did. Today, the planet is awash in products spawned by the plastics industry. Residues of plastics have become ubiquitous in the environment—and in our bodies. A federal government study now reports that bisphenol A (BPA)—the building block of one of the most widely used plastics—laces the bodies of the vast majority of U.S. residents young and old. Manufacturers link BPA molecules into...