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Sustainability

A project for bioplastics - 10,000 bioplastic bottles

I while ago I wrote a quick piece exploring the use of algae to produce bacterial-based bioplastics. While this blog tends to focus more on the academic side of research, it's important to appreciate that in order to gain large-scale importance, research does at some point need to venture out of a purely academic environment and delve into the world of companies and industrial research.Ivan Goloborodko is one of a team of three people from Sydney currently looking into a more commercial and large-scale application of bioplastics; the production of bioplastic bottles...

November 30, 2011 — S.E. Gould
The Sciences

Global Handwashing Day - why you probably have poo on your phone.

Apparently yesterday was Global Handwashing Day! This is a day designed to encourage awareness of proper handwashing procedures and in the spirit of this I thought I'd take a look at a paper that came out recently about the amount of faecal matter found on mobile phones in the UK.Carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine the report measured the bacterial load of people's hands and phones, including the amount of the faecal bacteria E...

October 16, 2011 — S.E. Gould
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