Ines Nastali

The brick detector

Researchers have found a way to determine whether clay bricks have ever been near a radiological source, and identify the specific type of source, such as high enriched uranium or plutonium.

Bury it

With plastic packaging under attack for its environmental credentials, how can its design be improved for reuse and how viable are alternative wrapping materials? Ines Nastali investigates.

Second lease of life

A UK company reuses ring pulls to design sustainable luxury handbags.


After his father died, Danish artist Dan Stockholm created a special memorial.

Red Sea surface waters contain little plastic

The Red Sea has relatively low amounts of floating plastic debris in its surface waters due to fewer sources or faster removal, research by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, has found.

Material Marvels: Tame the river

In the 1930s, during a time of global depression, the Hoover Dam project brings work to the western American states and valuable lessons for future dam engineering. Ines Nastali reports.

Stop the pirates

Researchers are working on fluorescent 3D polymers that, when embedded into bank notes and product tags, help tackle forging and counterfeiting. Ines Nastali reports.

Blowing in the wind

The electricity market reform is supposed to prepare the UK for future power demand, but how will it be delivered? Ines Nastali reports on ideas to secure sustainable capacity.

EU delays recycling process, trade association claims

Although scientific opinions confirm that recycled plastic is safe to use for food packaging, the EU delays publication of an official framework, trade association European Plastics Converters claims.

The plane in the living room

Two brothers from Bath created a business in 2012 that turns plane scrap into custom-made furniture


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