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Articles tagged with: plastic

Dow Chemical Converts Sugar Into Cheap Plastic

For all of those who are concerned with global warming and renewable energy, it looks like we can now make cheap plastic from sugar cane. But at what cost? Well, surprisingly, it wouldn’t cost more than what we currently pay for petrochemical production.

Dow Chemical claims to be working on the world’s largest facility to make polymers from plants. The project will use 240 million liters of ethanol plant and the company will convert that product into hundreds of thousands of metric tons of polyethylene- the most commonly used plastic around the world.

MIT Prints Durable Solar Cells On Paper

Okay, so it might sound a bit counter intuitive to print solar cells on paper. After all, isn’t the whole purpose of solar technology so we can print less paper and save more trees from being destroyed?

Well maybe so, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find other applications for solar celled paper. MIT has been working on this project since last year, and the findings are quite incredible. The paper itself is an ordinary sheet of paper with a fine layer of colored rectangles, that, when connected to a few designated wires, generates solar electricity.

Pepsi’s Plan To Beat Coke: Build Interactive Vending Machines

I can’t say I actively seek Pepsi when I am out at a restaurant or near a vending machine, it usually finds me. Yes, I am one of those people who can tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. I find Pepsi to be far too sweet for my tastes, and I find the diet version to be undrinkable. Call me a snob, it doesn’t bother me, I like to drink Coke, and that’s that. Well, it looks like Pepsi may have found a solution to this problem with people like me, and that’s through touchscreen innovation. Pepsi will bring the social media experience to a plain ol’ vending machine, wait what?