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  1. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Nurdle Beach (for the Week of May 24, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-nurdle-beach-week-may-24-2009-0

    of plastic manufactured in the world for the last fifty years or so still remains. It's ... accidentally spilled nurdles — plastic pellets used to make plastic things (doll heads, P-51 models, the ... we were talking about — this: "Floating plastic litter is one of the most widespread and ...

  2. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Using Your Nurdle (for the Week of May 10, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-using-your-nurdle-week-may-10-2009-0

    I'm thinking that isn't funny. A. You're right. OK. This. Nurdle: a small, round plastic ... closely, and imagine it's made out of plastic, that's a nurdle. Factories make them by the ... use them by the billions and billions to make plastic things. They melt and mold the nurdles into just ...

  3. Agriculture and Plastics Sectors Join to Develop Ohio Bio-composites Industry

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/agriculture-and-plastics-sectors-join-develop-ohio-bio-composites-industry

    fibers and plastic resins-- a formula that also brings together Ohio’s two largest industries, ... agricultural-based fibers and bio-based materials and blend them with plastic resins to create a very unique ... President Prabhat Krishnaswamy. “While we had the plastics technology well in hand, we needed help with the ...

  4. Forum to Focus on Emerging Bio-Based Technologies

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/forum-focus-emerging-bio-based-technologies

    development of renewable specialty chemicals, polymers and plastics. As part of the initiative, OBIC is ... the plastics and polymer industries to explore Ohio's role in emerging bio-based technologies. ... Freedonia, a leading international business research company, demand for degradable plastic in the United ...

  5. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Whole Lot of Nurdles Going On (for the Week of May 17, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-whole-lot-nurdles-going-week-may-17-2009-0

    a year. (Remember, nurdles are plastic pellets. They're melted, molded and made into plastic stuff.) ... Twig P.S. We've made more than 1 billion tons of plastic in the past 50 years. Most of it's ... still around.-- Notes: Most of the plastic we've made is still around because it doesn't ...

  6. Mulch Options Exist for Tomato Growers

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/mulch-options-exist-tomato-growers

    the wallet. Many vegetable growers, especially in fresh-market tomato production, use black plastic as ... The black plastic, the same as what growers use in strawberry production, does well to capture and ... retain heat, a main ingredient in tomato plant performance success. However, black plastic is labor ...

  7. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: All I Got Was a Bellyache (for the Week of May 31, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-all-i-got-was-bellyache-week-may-31-2009

    marine animals sometimes eat nurdles — plastic pellets — and scientists say it can hurt them. The animals ... Marine animals eat other plastic trash, too, by mistake, often more of it than nurdles. Seabirds called ... albatrosses mistake shiny plastic trash bits for fish, snatch them and swallow them whole. Leatherback sea ...

  8. Chow Line: Many options for storing fresh herbs (for 6/1/08)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/chow-line-many-options-storing-fresh-herbs-6108-1

    escape. So, McGee suggests storing fresh herbs in partially open plastic bags, loosely wrapped in a paper ... barely damp paper towels, placing them in a sealed plastic bag and storing in the refrigerator. Or, put ... the stems in a glass of water, place a plastic bag over the leaves (securing with a rubber band), and ...

  9. Chow Line: Sanitize countertops and cutting boards (for 5/21/09)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/chow-line-sanitize-countertops-and-cutting-boards-52109-0

    are smooth cutting boards free of cracks or crevices made of hard maple, plastic or other non-porous ... material commonly used for plastic cutting boards. Most were ammonia-based cleaners, although chlorine (as ... manufacturers' directions. Those that required a longer surface time (some as long as 10 minutes) weren't ...

  10. OARDC, Ford Partner to Test Russian Dandelion Rubber for Car Parts

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/oardc-ford-partner-test-russian-dandelion-rubber-car-parts

    synthetic rubber used in plastic parts such as cupholders, floor mats and interior trim with natural, ... sticky substance. The better-performing plants are now grown in greenhouses, high tunnels (plastic ... improve the impact strength of plastics. “It’s strange to see weeds being grown in perfectly manicured ...

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