Fruit fi­bre made cars

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CARS made from pineap­ples and ba­nanas could soon be among the fruits of the green revo­lu­tion. Sci­en­tists in Brazil have used fi­bres from the plants to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of su­per­strong au­to­mo­tive plas­tics. They be­lieve the ma­te­rial may in fu­ture not only be used to build car bod­ies, but also en­gine parts. Man­u­fac­tur­ers are al­ready test­ing the plas­tics and could be us­ing them in cars within two years. Dr Al­cides Leao, from Sao Paulo State Univer­sity, said re­in­forc­ing plas­tic with mi­cro­scopic fi­bres from del­i­cate fruits such as pineap­ples and ba­nanas made them su­per-strong. ‘‘ The prop­er­ties of these plas­tics are in­cred­i­ble,’’ he told the 241st meet­ing of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal So­ci­ety in Ana­heim.

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