The banana in your tailpipe
March 28th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Get ready for a bananamobile or a pineapple wagon.

Scientists in Brazil say they've developed a way to use fibers from the fruits to make strong, lightweight plastics that could be used to form car parts.

"The properties of these plastics are incredible," the leader of the project, Alcides Leão of Sao Paulo State University, said in a press release. "They are light, but very strong — 30 per cent lighter and three to four times stronger. We believe that a lot of car parts, including dashboards, bumpers, side panels, will be made of nano-sized fruit fibers in the future. For one thing, they will help reduce the weight of cars and that will improve fuel economy."

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  1. Jdizzle McSmokeypants

    Funny title considering banana kush is what I'm getting after work. LOL

    March 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  2. Axel Foley

    Damn! Love me a good movie reference!

    March 28, 2011 at 10:49 am |
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