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Bioplastic from Australian Bee’s Nesting Material

Written by , on June 20, 2018

A New Zealand company, named Humble Bee, is reverse-engineering the nesting material of the Australian solitary masked bee in a bid to manufacture a biodegradable alternative to plastic on a large scale and at a competitive price.  Read more »

Solar PV Cells Made with Spinach

Written by , on September 11, 2012

A team of researchers at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee has developed a technique to combine the protein in spinach that converts light into electrochemical energy with silicon to create “biohybrid” solar cells. It has been known for more than 40 years that spinach (and most other plants) contains a protein, called PS1, which converts sunlight […]  Read more »