What's new in biobased polymers? How about high-strength plastics made from bananas and pineapples? I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. I'm seeing headlines from all over the world today about an announcement from scientists in Brazil who are developing "super-strong automotive plastics" that may be commerialized in as little as two years. "The properties of these plastics are incredible," project leader Alcides LeÃ£o of Sao Paulo State University said in a news release. "They are light, but very strong -- 30 percent lighter and three to four times stronger. We believe that a lot of car parts, including dashboards, bumpers, side panels, will be made of nano-sized fruit fibers in the future. For one thing, they will help reduce the weight of cars and that will improve fuel economy." LeÃ£o revealed the materials at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, Calif. The U.K.'s Daily Mail calls the announcement "the ultimate green development."
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