The substance that gives plant cells their rigid nature, the same substance that binds trees together, is typically discarded as waste in the agricultural process. But a Kansas State University student is researching how that waste, lignin, may be used in construction.
A Drexel University professor is trying to reduce the environmental impact of cement — one of the most ubiquitous materials on earth. So far, he's had success in all of the areas that matter.
When a body is cremated, if it has any metal parts, like a titanium hip, those metal parts are left behind. For years it was either buried in graves or sent to the dump. But a Dutch company, OrthoMetals, has a business that gathers those materials and processes them for industrial reuse, sending the proceeds to charity.
After a lengthy quiet period, activity on the surface of the sun is picking up again and it's sending radiation toward Earth. Though there's no risk on the ground, certain satellites and high-flying airplanes could be at risk to communications breakdowns.
Crows can sled down roofs, of course, but distinguish between styrofoam and rocks to help make their lives easier to eat? They can do that too, according to new research.
Amelia Rivera has a genetic disorder that has presented her with many challenges in life. She also needs a kidney transplant. Her mother says a hospital told her she wouldn't be getting the transplant because of her mental disability.
Late last year, the FDA said it would no longer seek to formally regulate the use of the most common antibiotics in farm animals. A month later, though, the FDA said it would regulate the use of cephalosporins, which represent less than 1 percent of the antibiotics used on farms.
A panel of scientists are urging the U.S. government to cut dramatically the level of lead exposure that's believed to be safe, after continued research suggested that even at levels considered safe, neurological damage was occurring.
Despite its position as a leading cause of death and debilitating disease afflicting many Americans, funding for research on Alzheimer's is sparse. Critics say that's hurting efforts to find a cure.
The French company PIP is accused of using industrial grade silicone, rather than medical grade material, in its breast implants, and now the implants have been linked to a rare form of cancer.