IIT Students to Transform PET Bottles to Toilets in Rural India


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan aims to eradicate open defecation by October 2, 2019, the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. However, as per 2015’s Swachhta Satus Report, over half of rural India (52.1%) still defecates in the open. The same report also reveals that only 45.3% households have access to sanitary toilets. Furthermore, […]

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Turning Plastics Waste into Viable Low-Cost Fuel


Given the need to meet the world’s rising energy needs, policy makers have been calling for a comprehensive energy policy program. The energy recovery from plastic waste is one such example of innovative energy approach, that has been getting a lot of attention lately. There are a couple of reasons plastic is considered as a […]

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Wearable Patches – The Future of Wearable Technology in Medicine


Wearable technology has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. In 2015, 84 million wearables were sold worldwide and as per a forecast, the number is expected to reach 245 million by 2019. Today, smartwatches and fitness trackers are the most commonly seen wearables. These gadgets, however, are made of hard components that are […]

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Beninese Farmers Use Polyethylene Film to Increase Pineapple Yield


Application of plastics in agriculture has grown exponentially over the years. Use of plastics increases crop production, enhances food quality, and reduces carbon footprint. Moreover, they have enabled farmers to grow fruits and vegetables in all seasons. Plastics make it possible to employ sustainable solutions and promote recycling. For example, greenhouses facilitate farmers to create […]

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This 3-D Printed Cast Could Replace Plaster for Broken Bones


Though there have been several advancements in the field of medicine, the treatment of fractures has been the same for generations. Due to sweat accumulation and lack of ventilation, plaster splints can cause infections, ulcers or even amputations. To avoid these problems, a group of young graduates from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) established […]

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Plasticulture Has the Potential to Boost Production of Crops and Double Agricultural Income!


The need for a revolutionary technology in agriculture for efficient use of water is on the agenda of most governments across the world. At a recently concluded event in Jaipur, Ms. NeelKamal Darbari (Principal Secretary -Agriculture), Government of Rajasthan highlighted the importance of incorporating ‘Plasticulture’ in the agricultural sector in India. Ms. Darbari elucidated, “In […]

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Real Madrid And Bayern Munich’s new Adidas Kits are Made from Recycled Ocean Plastics


Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will wear special kits made from recycled ocean plastics for one-off games in November. These football clubs are sponsored by Adidas, which is launching its first kits made from Parley Ocean Plastic. Parley is an ocean protection organisation that seeks corporate partners like Adidas to address the issue of plastic […]

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An Environment-Friendly and Improved Conductive Coating for Medical Devices


Biotectix, a company that creates conductive coatings for medical devices has developed a highly durable electro-conductive polymer coating – Amplicoat. This new coating aims to enhance signaling at the interface between the human tissue and a medical device. Amplicoat comprises of a proprietary surface modification technology, Photolink that conducts electronically and ionically with lessened stimulation […]

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