Ines Nastali

Oil rigs may end their days as valuable artificial reefs

Researchers encourage environmental authorities across the globe to rethink the idea of removing oil rigs, wind turbines, and other installations in the sea when they are worn out.

Contamination lead

Research has shown that black plastic components made from recycled electrical equipment introduce lead into food-contact items.

Tungsten too brittle for nuclear fusion reactors

Researchers find tungsten – a favoured choice of metal within nuclear reactors – is liable to become brittle, leading to failure.

ACE UK calls for ambitious UK targets

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK has welcomed the final adoption of the revised EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive as a strong foundation on which member states can build towards a circular economy.

Bending for power

Deformed crystals used in solar cell semiconductors could make for more efficient photovoltaic panels. Ines Nastali reports.

The travelling potters

Mankind has known travel and relocating for work for thousands of years, as the tales of women from the Baltic selling clay pottery in the Nordic countries tell. Ines Nastali reports

Economic digest

The number of construction projects has declined in the UK due to bad weather and a woefully unprepared industry. At the same time, more bricks have been manufactured, marking the anticipated start of a busy house building period. Ines Nastali reports.

Wet wipe clean up

UK government plans to ban wet wipes.

Moss on the roof

A holiday home in Norway clad in different materials combines functionality with the comfort of an evening in front of the fire. Ines Nastali reports.

Material Marvels: The bended brain clinic

Only in Las Vegas, USA, could you get a brain clinic that has an alter ego as an events venue, the Lou Ruvo Clinic for Brain Health. Ines Nastali investigates the materials used to build the hospital with a twist.

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