Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

June 28, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin discovered, the starches and cellulose contained in their outer layer can also be used to create materials that insulate wires and form medical protheses. Bilgin developed a chemical process that turns the peels into a non-decaying bioplastic that she hopes will help replace the need for petroleum and combat pollution. Bilgin’s endeavors won her the top prize and $50,000 at the Scientific American Science in Action competition, as well as the honor of becoming a finalist in the Google Science Fair . Read the rest of Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ann makosinksi , banana , bioplastic , canada , elif bilgin , fruit , Google Science Fair , marie curie , mountain view , peel , petroleum , science in action , scientific american , thomas edison , turkey        

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Communauto Introduces 100% Electric Car Sharing Service in Montreal

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Communauto , the oldest car sharing service in North America, has introduced a 100% electric one-way car sharing pilot program in the Montreal borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal called Auto-mobile. One-way car sharing allows users to pick up a vehicle at one point and take it another destination without having to return it. Twenty vehicles will be introduced to the borough for one-way car sharing. The reason behind the pilot program is to analyze the benefits and impacts of one-way car sharing and if the program proves successful, more vehicles will be added to the fleet. Read the rest of Communauto Introduces 100% Electric Car Sharing Service in Montreal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: auto-mobile , benoit robert , bixi , car sharing with reservation , communauto , communauto subscribers , electric vehicles , le plateau-mont-royal , Nissan Leaf , one-way car sharing , one-way car sharing pilot program , OPUS card , stm , using transit card for car sharing        

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