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mindblowingscience:

alxndrasplace:

mindblowingscience:

Strong, Clear Bioplastic Containers Could Be Made from Rice

Jul 30, 2014 |By William Bergius and ChemistryWorld
Researchers in Finland have transformed rice starch into a temporally stable, optically transparent, biodegradable plastic with a high degree of mechanical strength and good thermal resistance. This important step towards bioplastics made from simple and sustainable resources has potential applications in food packaging and biomedical materials.
Starch is a polysaccharide consisting of two components: a linear glucose polymer called amylose and a highly branched glucose polymer called amylopectin. Most green plants store their energy as starch and it is present in large quantities in grains such as maize, wheat and rice, in addition to tubers like potatoes.

Continue Reading.

Learn to repurpose the mountain of plastic already in existence. Give the rice to the starving millions.

Things don’t have to be so black and white.
You can produce bioplastics like this without touching the food supply, by only using waste vegetable matter (which there are millions of tons produced per year) or otherwise unusable spoiled crops (if flooded, partially eaten by insects, etc).

Do it now! Im sick of seeing ‘not currently recycled’ on film plastic wrappers.

mindblowingscience:

alxndrasplace:

mindblowingscience:

Strong, Clear Bioplastic Containers Could Be Made from Rice

Jul 30, 2014 |By William Bergius and ChemistryWorld

Researchers in Finland have transformed rice starch into a temporally stable, optically transparent, biodegradable plastic with a high degree of mechanical strength and good thermal resistance. This important step towards bioplastics made from simple and sustainable resources has potential applications in food packaging and biomedical materials.

Starch is a polysaccharide consisting of two components: a linear glucose polymer called amylose and a highly branched glucose polymer called amylopectin. Most green plants store their energy as starch and it is present in large quantities in grains such as maize, wheat and rice, in addition to tubers like potatoes.

Continue Reading.

Learn to repurpose the mountain of plastic already in existence. Give the rice to the starving millions.

Things don’t have to be so black and white.

You can produce bioplastics like this without touching the food supply, by only using waste vegetable matter (which there are millions of tons produced per year) or otherwise unusable spoiled crops (if flooded, partially eaten by insects, etc).

Do it now! Im sick of seeing ‘not currently recycled’ on film plastic wrappers.

whatthefauna:

Bobtail squid are tiny nocturnal cephalopods that only reach about 2 inches long. In the daytime, they use their tentacles to bury themselves under the sand and remain undisturbed.
Here is an awesome video of one burying itself.
Image credit: Alexius Sutandio

whatthefauna:

Bobtail squid are tiny nocturnal cephalopods that only reach about 2 inches long. In the daytime, they use their tentacles to bury themselves under the sand and remain undisturbed.

Here is an awesome video of one burying itself.

Image credit: Alexius Sutandio

buggirl:

Another gorgeous cicada at my moth light in Ecuador!
My research in Ecuador

Awesome!!

buggirl:

Another gorgeous cicada at my moth light in Ecuador!

My research in Ecuador

Awesome!!