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Microplastics – News and Features

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New Sustainable Coating for Paper Packaging Could Help Reduce Microplastic Pollution

What if there was a biodegradable packaging material with high performance without leaving microplastics? A new coating for paper packaging could be the answer.
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Turning Waste Beer Yeast Into Water Filters

Engineered yeast-containing hydrogel capsules could be used to remove lead from contaminated water rapidly and inexpensively. The work could be especially useful in low-income areas with high lead contamination.
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Water Analysis: A Pollution Solution?

Water represents a means to hydrate, wash, cook, clean and even to dispose of waste, but these activities are not without consequences. This article will discuss current areas of concern in water quality analysis and highlight some of the key techniques in detection and remediation efforts.
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Swarms of Miniature Robots Clean Up Microplastics and Microbes, Simultaneously

Microscale robots that mimic natural swarms, like schools of fish, have been designed to capture microplastics and bacteria from water.
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Modeling the Journey of Inhaled Plastic Particles With Every Breath

With recent studies having established the presence of nano and microplastic particles in the respiratory system, a new study has modelled what happens when people breathe in different kinds of plastic particles and where they end up.
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Cell Contraction Shapes Human Embryo Development

Study finds the contraction of embryonic cells is the force behind the initial shaping of human embryos. These findings could help further refine assisted reproductive technology.
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Researchers Develop Bioplastic From Eggshells as Sustainable Alternative to Plastic

What if there was plastic-like material that could absorb excess nutrients from water and be used as a fertilizer when it decomposes?
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Microplastics: What’s the Latest Research?

Exploring the latest scientific research on microplastics, their environmental impact and novel remediation strategies.
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New Hydrogel Material Removes Microplastics From Water

Scientists have developed a new 3D hydrogel material that can adsorb – and degrade – large volumes of microplastic.
Microplastics on the beach.

Microplastics Make Their Way from the Gut to Other Organs

University of New Mexico researchers found that those tiny particles – microplastics – are having a significant impact on our digestive pathways, making their way from the gut and into the tissues of the kidney, liver and brain.