A new type of self-repairing plastic can generate material to fill holes and repair other damage.
Maybe you should throw open a window or two the next time you're printing a new case for your smartphone
Places you'll see plastic currency (bills and such): futuristic science-fiction films, Phillip K. Dick novels and, now, Canada. That's right, the land of cable-done-smart is getting cool money now, too.
In 2008, 85.8% of all of the plastic used in the United States ended up in a landfill. It wasn't reused or recycled, and it wasn't turned into energy. A new study from Columbia University says that turning landfill-bound plastics into energy instead would not only produce energy, but save money and the environment all at the same time.
Scent is an important sense; things just taste better when they smell good as well. With that in mind, the Aroma coffee lid claims to improve the taste of coffee by enhancing its smell.
Remember that plastic made from fruit? Scratch that. A team of researchers at the University of Florida might well be on their way to cutting our dependence on valuable natural resources to create plastic. Instead of using food carbohydrates or petroleum, new plastics can be made with discarded plant wastes. Yes, that's leaves, grass and petals.