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Bees using scavenged plastic to build hives

The scientists who discovered that urban bees are using plastic bags and building sealant to construct hives say it demonstrates bees’ resourcefulness and flexibility in adapting to a human-dominated world. The study, published in the journalEcosphere, was carried out by University of Guelph researchers Scott MacIvor and Andrew Moore. MacIvor says it’s an important discovery […]

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Chin augmentations skyrocket

The always fascinating annual statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that chin augmentation is the fastest growing plastic surgery procedure – a phenomenon, speculate surgeons, sparked by a desire for success in the workplace and the increased usage of video chat technology. According to the report, chin procedures increased across […]

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Men fueling plastic surgery boom

Statistics released this week by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that more men are going under the knife to try and preserve their youthful looks. While cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in men were up only 2 percent overall in 2010, many individual procedures increased significantly. Facelifts for men rose 14 percent in […]

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Decomposing plastic refuse releasing BPA into oceans

Plastic waste in the ocean isn’t just unsightly and a danger to marine animals. Scientists have now found that certain plastics breakdown rapidly in the ocean, releasing a heady cocktail of toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) which is known to interfere with mammalian reproductive systems. In the first study to look at how […]

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GM Bacteria Making Plastics

Scientists are starting trials to see if a genetically modified form of the bacteria E. coli could be used to make succinate, a key ingredient of many plastics, drugs, solvents and food additives. With fossil fuel reserves dwindling, finding replacements for key chemicals previously extracted from fossil fuels is a matter of some urgency for […]

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Boffins Mourn Passing Of The Slide Rule

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Jerry Ross, along with about 200 other Purdue University alumni, have added their slide rules to a new exhibit at Purdue that testifies to the utility of these human-powered computational devices. The display, at the university’s Potter Engineering Center, includes some rules which were made in the 19th century. They range […]

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K Meson Decay May Upset Standard Model Of Particle Physics

An international team of physicists examining an extremely rare form of subatomic particle decay – a veritable needle in a micro-cosmic haystack of 7.8 trillion candidates – has discovered evidence for the highly sought process, which could be an indication of new forces beyond those incorporated in the Standard Model of particle physics. That long-standing […]

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