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Recycling plastics in space? NASA can do this! National Aeronautics and Space Administration will start a special plastics recycling programme next year. Next spring, NASA will get a new piece of equipment called the Refabricator. It can take a plastic component, melt it down, and print a new component out of the same plastic.It’s the first machine to combine recycling and 3D printing into one device.It costs about US$ 10 000 to launch one pound of material into space. This method is more safety becasue pulverises plastic considering the lack of gravity in space means that any powder-type material poses...

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Natural rubber production. Rubber is produced naturally from the latex obtained from rubber trees. The top producers of natural rubber in the world is a number of nations in Southeast Asia and India. Rubber is useful because of its high resilience, waterproof properties, and large stretch ratio. They are various sources of rubber, but the most common is the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Another one is the vines in the genus Landolphia yield the Congo rubber or dandelion milk. In 2013, nearly 28 million tons of rubber was produced in the world and natural rubber accounted for 44% of this production. The most popular countries are Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia,...

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