Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

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Spud life

As plastic comes in for muchdeserved criticism for its deleterious effects on marine ecosystems, could an alternative be found lurking in the humble potato? Indian scientists have demonstrated that vegetable waste - potato peels and fruit skins - can be turned into strong packaging material.

The scientists at Tezpur University made 'thin biopolymer films' from potato and lime skins to store food items, according to research published in Ultrasonics Chemistry.

If food waste is proven to be a viable source in the production process, harmless plastic could one day be cheap as chips.

Toy story

Syrian child refugees in Canada are being given a newly designed multilingual teddy bear called Ahlan - Arabic for 'Welcome' - to make them feel more comfortable in their new country. It's programmed to speak helpful sentences like 'What is your name? …

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