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New Self-Healing Plastic Repairs Its Own Puncture Wounds by Bleeding and Clotting Like Humans

Is it strong? Listen, bud. It's got radioactive plastic blood.

We've seen self-healing materials in the past and expressed our T-1000-related concerns, but things have now progressed one step further with a plastic that can actually bleed to heal itself like humans do. I don't know if androids dream of electric sheep, but if you prick their plastic skin, does it not bleed? Now it does.

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Vacuum-Packed Couples: Preserving Love In Plastic and Photographs

Because nothing says "love" better than curling naked in your lover's arms in a little plastic bag as an old vacuum cleaner sucks the air from around you, the plastic closing in on you, compressing the life (and love, don't forget love) out of the body that used to be you. If you come out alive, you get to see photos. Photos of your love at its very height. Right before you were going to die.

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Canadian Government Announces Plastic Bills

Starting in November, Canada will be seeing some new, plastic currency making its way into circulation. The Bank of Canada lists a couple of reasons for this change, one of which is to combat counterfeiting. New bills will have a number of security measures including the good old fashioned transparency check in addition to some other presumably new ones that were not explained in detail. Big surprise. Another bonus is the plastic currencies' increased durability and lifespan. The new polymer bills are estimated to last 2.5 times longer than cotton-paper bills and although they fold and crease, they don't rip.

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Sickening: All This Plastic Was Found in a Single Sea Turtle’s Stomach

All of this plastic debris was found in the belly of just one juvenile green sea turtle found off the coast of Argentina. More background on the underreported ocean plastic pollution problem which led to this sickening image:

Humans currently produce 260 million tons of plastic a year. When those products are pulled into the sea's currents, the plastics do not biodegrade but are broken into smaller pieces which are consumed by marine life at the bottom of the food chain. An examination of gastrointestinal obstruction in a green turtle found off Florida discovered that, over the course of a month, the animal's faeces had contained 74 foreign objects, including "four types of latex balloons, different types of hard plastic, a piece of carpet-like material and two 2-4mm tar balls."
(Independent via Nothing to Do with Arbroath)

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Pepsi Shows Off New, All-Plant Bottles

Your move, Coca-Cola: Yesterday, Pepsi showed off a new type of bottle made entirely from plant material. According to the AP, the bottle as currently made incorporates switch grass, pine bark, and corn husks, though Pepsi plans ultimately to incorporate "orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business." While the bottle isn't yet poised for wide rollout, Pepsi says it will begin limited testing in 2012, and, if successful, will begin to convert all of its bottling to the new material. The bad news, and the good news, about this new material is that it's not really new: The material produced by Pepsi's process may be made from plant scraps, but it's actually PET plastic, a common packaging material. This may be reassuring for consumers in that they know that their newly-packaged Pepsi won't taste like corn husks, but the packaging will be functionally identical to what they're used to. But PET is not biodegradable or compostable, though it is recyclable. Still, this is an upgrade in that PET is normally made from fossil fuels: Though Coca-Cola makes a bottle using thirty percent plant material, a 100% plant material bottle is unmatched in the industry, and its adoption by a giant like Pepsi could spur competitors to move towards petroleum-free packaging. (CS Monitor via Reddit)

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Report: China Manufacturing Plastic Rice, Selling It as Real Food

In what is the most diabolical thing I have read today, a report from Very Vietnam alleges that some Chinese food producers are creating synthetic rice out of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic. The "rice" is made by mixing the potato material together, shaping it into grains, and then adding an "industrial resin" as a binding agent. Very Vietnam says that these resins can be very harmful if eaten. Going on to indicate exactly how much plastic is involved, the website says:

A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag.
The obvious motivation behind this scheme is money, since the synthetic "rice" is cheaper to produce. This is just another, albeit somewhat more disquieting, in the long line of tainted or defective products apparently coming out of China. These would include the poisonous drywall, and tainted milk. If true, this a cruel, calculated maneuver worthy of Orson Well's character Harry Lime from The Third Man. It's hard not to think of his famous speech atop the ferris wheel, gesturing at the people below:
Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare?
(via Very Vietnam, image via Wikipedia)

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