Ultrathin grass condoms could make safe sex better than ever

February 11, 2016 by  
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Australian researchers at the University of Queensland have found a way to make latex condoms thinner, stronger, and more flexible than anything else on the market. The scientists extracted nanocellulose from a native variety of grass, spinifex, and used it as an additive in ordinary latex rubber. While a grass condom might sound a little strange, it turns out that adding the natural nanoparticles to rubber actually enhances the latex’s natural properties. This could be the first step toward overcoming some of the most common complaints about condoms reducing sensation during sex, and even enhance safety by making them less likely to break. Read the rest of Ultrathin grass condoms could make safe sex better than ever

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Scientists Find that Tiny Particles in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics May Damage DNA

April 10, 2014 by  
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The makeup , clothing and sunscreen that you use and wear every single day could possibly be damaging your DNA, according to a new study from MIT. Nanoparticles like zinc oxide and nanoscale silver, used by manufacturers to kill microbes, extend shelf life or enhance texture, have been shown to be toxic to cells. These particles produce free radicals which can accumulate in the body and cause harm to DNA. Read the rest of Scientists Find that Tiny Particles in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics May Damage DNA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anti bacterials damage cells , anti bacterials damage DNA , cerium oxide damages DNA , cerium oxide health risks , harvard school of public health , iron oxide damages DNA , iron oxide health risks , MIT , nanoparticles , nanoparticles damage cells , nanoparticles damage DNA , silicone dioxide damages DNA , silicone dioxide health risks , silver damages DNA , silver health risks , zinc oxide damages DNA , zinc oxide health risks

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Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

July 23, 2013 by  
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Over two billion people on the planet lack access to adequate sanitation. That means dirty water, disease, and contaminated medical supplies. Without access to proper infrastructure providing plumbing or electricity, finding a way to create and bring off-the-grid technology to areas of the developing world has proven to be a substantial challenge. A team of engineers at Rice University have captured the power of the sun to invent solar steam sterilization unit that uses light-absorbing nanoparticles that can power autoclaves and sanitize human waste . The project has been awarded a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a part of their efforts to improve the living conditions of the world’s poor. Read the rest of Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autoclave , bill & melinda gates foundation , developing world , human waste , kenya , medical equipment , nanoparticles , naomi halas , rice university , sanitation , sanivation , solar steam system , sun        

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Amazing Chairs Made From Recycled Washing Machine Parts

July 23, 2013 by  
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Israeli industrial designer Antonina sees old defunct washing machines as more than just outdated appliances – she uses them as building blocks to create some pretty spiffy furniture. Her project “I Used to Be a Washing Machine” shows how the parts of just one machine can be transformed into three different stylish chairs. The designer has even included a set of DIY instructions, so that handy homeowners can try their hand at turning yesterday’s laundry set into today’s living room furniture. Read the rest of Amazing Chairs Made From Recycled Washing Machine Parts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antonina , eco design , green design , I used to be a washing machine , recycled washing machine , sustainable design , upcycled furniture        

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3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive

March 2, 2012 by  
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Gas prices have increased at record levels this month, with prices climbing for 20 days in a row , and as gas prices rise, interest in more fuel efficient vehicles go up as well. Automakers have continued to focus on hybrids, electric vehicles and more efficient gasoline and diesel engines, but one fuel source has been largely ignored, natural gas. There are several reasons for this (read on to learn more), but the good news is that several companies, like 3M, are working on nanoparticle technology that could make natural gas cars more attractive. While as green transportation supporters, we think it’s important to point out that natural gas is a sort of temporary band-aid that should not distract us from the ultimate goal of getting truly sustainable electric cars on the road, we’re still excited to hear about 3M’s strides to advance this cleaner alternative to gasoline for the time being. Read the rest of 3M’s New Nanoparticle Technology Could Make Natural Gas Cars Cheaper and More Attractive Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3m , automotive , chesapeake energy , green technology , Honda , honda civic , nanoparticle technology , nanoparticles , natural gas , natural gas buses , natural gas fleets , natural gas trucks

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Australians Ditching Sunscreen and Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

February 24, 2012 by  
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Australia reportedly has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so why are many Aussies opting to ditch their sunscreen ? According to a recent study, 17 percent of the respondents down-under said they would rather risk getting skin cancer than wear lotions that contain nanoparticles . The results of the study highlight a growing concern about nanoscale products and the dangers they pose to public health. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , nanomaterials , nanoparticles , nanotechnology , silver nanoparticles , silver nanotechnology , sunscreen , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style

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Nanoparticles or No-No particles?

December 13, 2009 by  
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Image: Flickr, Argonne National Laboratory Could Nanoparticles Cause “Dramatic Mutations?” Nanoparticles, hailed as the solution for everything from the next generation of micro-electronic gadgets to curing cancer , are poorly understood. When scientists first mastered the technology for creating and manipulating microscopic balls and tubes, toxicologists speculated that the tiny particles would have properties similar to the same chemicals on an every-day scale.

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