The New York Times today carries an article that deals with the recent Cornell University research describing how blending nanoscale particles of clay into a biodegradable plastic made it stronger yet quicker to decompose in compost.
The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) and The Dow Chemical Company today announced a research alliance combining AIBN's research expertise with Dow's market knowledge.
Researchers have developed a new generation of biomimetic membranes for water treatment and drug delivery. The highly permeable and selective membranes are based on the incorporation of the functional water channel protein Aquaporin Z into a novel A-B-A triblock copolymer.
Opponents to nanotechnology say it's a much scarier prospect than GM (genetically modified) food, and while it can make food look better and last longer, there are fears about how it might affect the human body.
Scientists in New York are reporting development of a new biodegradable 'nanohybrid' plastic that can be engineered to decompose much faster than existing plastics used in everything from soft drink bottles to medical implants.