Data security firm Blancco has announced it is working with the Device Renewal Forum to develop a data-erasure certification for used phones and mobile devices. Citing the market potential for used smartphones, the two organizations say they will work together on formal data security guidelines for mobile devices — possibly including Blancco Mobile security software.
Japanese firm Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. has filed Patent Application No. 20130018115, which covers a method of recovering polycarbonate resin from discarded optical disks.
Researchers at Purdue and Tuskegee Universities are working on a five-year project, funded with a $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, that will develop "nanocomposites" for structural applications in casings and circuit boards. The researchers also plan on creating lignin and soy-based resins for circuit board construction to replace petroleum-derived resins. Other goals include development of adhesives from marine organisms for the construction and disassembly of electronics and green replacements for brominated flame retardants.