Pour yourself a cup of melted butter and check out this story about University of Maine researchers who are using lobster shells to mold biodegradable golf balls. The best parts: the lobster-dervived balls are made from a waste material, and they may be cheaper to make than biodegradable golf balls already on the market. In conjunction with the Lobster Institute, Professor David Neivandt and undergraduate student Alex Caddell developed the technology. These balls aren't meant for the PGA Tour, or even for duffers like me. The ball was created for use on cruise ships. According to the university, the balls are the first to be made with crushed lobster shells with a biodegradable binder and coating. The shells would otherwise end up in a landfill. Biodegradable golf balls now on the market retail for just under $1 per ball. The raw materials for the lobster shell balls cost as little as 19 cents each. "The flight properties are amazing," Caddell told the university. "It doesn't fly quite as far as a regular golf ball, but we're actually getting a similar distance to other biodegradable golf balls." UMaine has filed a provisional patent for the lobster-shell mixture, which can also be used for such products as plant pots that decompose in the ground, surveying stakes and other applications.
Golf balls molded from lobster shells
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