Green Chemistry News Roundup April 21 – April 28, 2017

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A Circular Economy Approach to Business Growth

April 28, 2017 | Business Live

Circular economy actors need to collaborate with governments, customers and industry chains to create joint value and to innovate using new business models and technologies.

Researchers Develop Green Materials for Industry

April 27, 2017 | Pravda Report

Researchers University of Coimbra, University of Aveiro and the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria develop biodegradable plastics from pine sawdust & cellulose fibers

How Worms Turn Trash into Nutrient-Rich Compost

April 27, 2017 | Washington Post

Here's the biology, physics and chemistry behind worms' ability to transform food scraps into nutrient-rich soil, as told by ACS Reactions.

Machine Learning Dramatically Streamlines Search for More Efficient Chemical Reactions

April 25, 2017 |

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stand University used machine learning – a form of artificial intelligence – to prune away the least likely reaction paths, so they can concentrate their analysis on the few that remain and save a lot of time and effort.

“Wax Worms” Can Rapidly Biodegrade Polyethylene Bags

April 24, 2017 | Research Gate

[Conventional] methods for breaking down polyethylene, which use corrosives like nitric acid or certain bacteria, take months to work. By contrast, 100 wax worms can biodegrade 92 milligrams of polyethylene in a mere 12 hours.

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