Lower IQ seen after exposure to plastic chemicals

Pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of common household chemicals found in plastics, cosmetics and air fresheners had children whose intelligence suffered years later, a US study said Wednesday.

Super-repellent substance without plastic coatings created

 Scientists have created the most non-stick surfaces yet, using microscopic liquid-repellent structures instead of plastic coatings like Teflon.

New plastic to conduct electricity in batteries, solar cells
New plastic to conduct electricity in batteries, solar cells

A new class of electrically conductive plastics may lead to low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries and ultra-thin anti-static coatings for consumer electronics and aircraft, scientists say.

Prenatal exposure to BPA linked to diminished lung function in kids

 A new study has revealed that prenatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA, a common chemical used in some plastics) appears to be inconsistently associated with diminished lung function and the development of persistent wheeze in children.

Kerala to ban flex and plastic material for publicity

Kerala will soon enact a new law to ban the use of flex and plastics for making publicity material, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here Wednesday.

California bans use of plastic bags
California bans use of plastic bags

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a legislation banning grocery stores from using plastic bags.

Nature inspires greener way to make colourful plastics

Scientists have developed a new kind of coating that gives plastic its colour without the use of dyes.

4D printing to allow for shape-changing materials

Imagine buying a dress online that takes shape in front of your eyes in your living room.

Chemical in plastics can adversely affect developing organs in primates

Researchers have found that exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) - a chemical used in a wide variety of consumer products, such as resins used to line metal food and beverage containers, thermal paper store receipts, and dental composites - can cause fetal abnormalities in primates.

Exposure to chemical in plastics may up prostate cancer risk

Researchers have suggested that fetal exposure to a commonly used plasticizer Bisphenol A, or BPA, found in water bottles, soup can liners, could increase the risk for prostate cancer later in life.

Plastics dangerously harming marine ecosystems

Up till now it was unknown to researchers whether ingested plastic transfers chemical additives or pollutants to wildlife, but a new study has shown that toxic concentrations of pollutants and additives enter the tissue of animals that have eaten microplastic.

3-D printers raise concerns over potential misuse for developing plastic firearms

As the three-dimensional (3D) printers make artists` and hobbyists` dream a reality by allowing them to produce virtually anything from garden gnome figures to nuts and screws, analysts believe that the devices raise serious concerns about their potential misuse.

Thousands clean Puerto Rico beaches, rivers

Thousands of volunteers cleaned 200 beaches, rivers and lakes in Puerto Rico to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday.

Exposure to chemical in plastics linked to higher risk of obesity in kids

Children who have higher levels of Bisphenol A, a chemical used in plastics, are more likely to become obese and have abnormal waist circumference, a new study has suggested.

Endangered sea turtles eating more plastic than ever

Endangered sea turtles are swallowing toxic plastic at twice the rate they did 25 years ago, according to a new study.

`Plastics can shield astronauts from cosmic radiat

Data gathered by NASA`s LRO have shown that lighter materials like plastics provide effective shielding against the radiation hazards faced by astronauts during extended space travel.

Exposure to compound found in baby bottles can damage teeth

Early exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound used in the composition of plastics and resins, might damage the enamel of teeth, a new study has revealed.

Chemicals in plastics linked to elevated blood pressure

Certain types of plastic additives known as phthalates could pose risk to children`s heart health, a new study has suggested.

Chemical in plastics may impair developing brain

Environmental exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), may suppress a gene vital to nerve cell function.

Metal handles at public places to fight superbugs: Study

Fitting metal door-knobs, handles and handrails in public places and hospitals can help combat infections from superbugs, scientists say.