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Are food-based plastics a good idea?

Once upon a time, food was used for one thing: eating. Today, it has a much more complicated role. And one of those roles might be serving as an upstart in the world of plastics.


How Brazing Works

 How Brazing Works

HowStuffWorks looks at brazing to see how it works and why someone might choose the technique over welding. Read more about brazing at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Crazy Uses for Completely Frictionless Surfaces

 10 Crazy Uses for Completely Frictionless Surfaces

What could we use a completely frictionless surface for? Lots of things. Learn about 10 uses for completely frictionless surfaces. See more »

 What is glass ionomer cement?

Glass ionomer cement is a kind of cement used in restorative dentistry. Learn what glass ionomer cement is in this article. See more »

How Kinesio Tape Works

 How Kinesio Tape Works

Kinesio tape helps protect and treat athletes' muscles. Learn how kinesio tape works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Dyneema Works

 How Dyneema Works

Dyneema is trademarked as the world's strongest fiber. Find out how the high-strength synthetic material Dyneema works. See more »

How Ultrasonic Welding Works

 How Ultrasonic Welding Works

Ultrasonic welding uses high pitched sounds to bond materials together. Learn how ultrasonic welding works. See more »

Are food-based plastics a good idea?

 Are food-based plastics a good idea?

Food-based plastics are plastic products that are made out of the food we eat. Learn about food-based plastics in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Electroluminescent (EL) Wire Works

 How Electroluminescent (EL) Wire Works

Electroluminescent wire is widely used by artists to illuminate clothing, bicycle spokes, turntables and even cars. Learn about electroluminescent wire. See more »

How Aerogels Work

 How Aerogels Work

Aerogels are incredible materials that could have dozens of uses from insulation to oil spill cleanup. Learn about aerogels in this article. See more »

What is nanotechnology?

 What is nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is one of the hot buzzwords of the 21st century. Learn what is technology and some of the applications for nanotechnology. See more »