FIPEL lights could replace LEDs

The lighting, based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology, also gives off a soft, white light, rather than the yellowish tone of fluorescents or LEDs' bluish tinge.

Bug wings inspire low-cost, biodegradable material 

We are addicted to plastic. For a material that's only been around for about 60 years, we sure do like to use (and waste) a lot of it.

Ocean plastic boosts sea skater numbers

The amount of plastic swirling around in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has increased 100-fold since the 1970s, altering marine habitats.

Plastic debris found littering ocean

There's far more little bits of plastic in the ocean than previous studies have indicated, according to new research.

Plastic bleeds red and heals like human skin

A new type of plastic 'bleeds' when damaged and then heals like human skin, offering hope for those of us who can't own a gadget for five minutes without scratching it.

Plastic-eating fungus could help deal with landfill

A team from Yale University has discovered a fungus deep in the South American rainforest that can live entirely on plastic - offering hope for new methods of waste disposal.

Can wood replace plastic?

Plastic packaging could one day be replaced by a derivative of wood, if European scientists are successful.

Temperature sensors printed on plastic

A new, printed sensor can monitor the temperature of perishable goods such as food and pharmaceuticals.

Insectoid material could replace plastic

Researchers at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new super-strong material based on the shells of creatures such as shrimps.

New OLED manufacturing method promises lower-cost, flexible screens

Engineering researchers at the University of Toronto say they've developed the world’s most efficient organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) on plastic.

'Garbage patch' fish found full of plastic

North Pacific fish are eating tens of thousands of tons of plastic debris, say researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Ford looks at dandelions as material for car parts

It might sound more suitable for a fairy or a pixie, but your next car could be made in part from dandelions, if Ford researchers get their way.

Pineapple fibres make plastic as strong as Kevlar

The cars of the future could be made from pineapples or bananas, Brazilian scentists say.

New materials have steel's strength and plastic's moldability

Yale University scientists say they've come up with a set of new metals that are stronger than steel but as easy to mold as plastic.

Plastics can now conduct electricity

The discovery of a new technique will make it possible to create a whole new collection of plastics with metallic and/or superconducting properties.  

Oceanic 'Garbage Patch' smaller than claimed

The amount of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean's 'Great Garbage Patch' is nowhere near as great as has been made out, an Oregon State University scientist says.

Discovery paves way for cheap plastic solar cells

A new discovery at Rutgers University looks likely to lead to the creation of efficient and inexpensive solar cells made of plastic.

Massive garbage patch found off coast of Atlanta

Scientists have cataloged a new and enormous aquatic garbage dump in the western North Atlantic.

Electrolux aims to clean up the oceans (a little bit)

Elextrolux is attempting to bolster its green credentials by hauling a team on a global journey - to save six vacuum cleaners' worth of plastic.

Team builds effective antibodies from plastic

UC Irvine researchers have created the first 'plastic antibodies' and  successfully tested them in mice.