Herbivore uproar not enough to stop tallow-based currency

In the United Kingdom, vegan outrage over the use of animal fat in currency will not halt the introduction of £10 notes that contain...

Cambridge scientists reboot artificial spider silk production

In Cambridge, United Kingdom, scientists have created artificial spider silk made from water, silica, and cellulose. The fibers are spun out of a hydrogel that...

Soybean sealant helps keep Minnesota road-worthy

In Minnesota, BioSpan Technologies’ soybean-based pavement additive has been helping cut costs in road upkeep for several years. RePLAY Agricultural Oil Seal and Preservation Agent...

Bioplastic set to launch in South Africa

In South Africa, scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Polymer and Composite Research Group in Port Elizabeth have reported 100%...

Double-digit annual growth forecast for biodegradable paper packaging

In the United Kingdom, Technavio analysts expect the global biodegradable paper packaging market to grow 11% per year through 2021, driven by increased adoption...

DSM taps Amyris for nutritional ingredient

In California, Amyris and DSM have entered into their first product development and production deal for a food and nutrition molecule made via Amyris’...

Building a better blob: Jamaican students look to upgrade algae-based water encapsulant

In Jamaica, University of the West Indies St Augustine students are working to adapt Ooho—a gelatinous, edible water packaging being developed from algae by...

Coal country eyes hemp as new economic driver

In West Virginia, residents are now able to apply to the agriculture commissioner for a license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes. Morgan Leach,...

Biobased route to butadiene eyed as solution to supply crunch

In Delaware, researchers at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation have announced a new method for converting plant-based sugars into butadiene, a key component...

Keeping rats from eating your car: Consumer Reports investigates

In New York, product safety and quality watchdog Consumer Reports has evaluated techniques from car makers and internet posters alike on keeping vermin from...

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Finland’s First Lady stuns in birch tree-based gown

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UK aims to grow bioeconomy to half a trillion by 2030

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In California, an entrepreneur is developing a biodegradable pill bottle made from molded pulp. Jared Koett, 35, founded Invert and has launched a Kickstarter...