Electronic waste. Photo courtesy of Curtis Palmer on Wikimedia Commons

Electronic waste. Photo courtesy of Curtis Palmer on Wikimedia Commons

By XiaoZhi Lim
Science

Our electronic gadgets are notoriously difficult to recycle and have created waste problems few know how to deal with. The challenges of breaking down electronics begin with their plastic encasement: It is tedious to take apart, yet hazardous to burn or melt. Now researchers report that they have designed new plastics that break down upon exposure to light.

Continue reading at Science. Originally published on Nov 19, 2014.

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