Newly discovered plastic-eating bacteria could help clean up plastic waste around the world
“Japanese researchers recently discovered a microorganism that literally eats plastic. The bacterium, now named Ideonella sakaiensis, has been proven to completely break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common type of plastic used in bottles and other containers. That type of plastic makes up a huge proportion of all the plastic waste in the world, particularly in the ocean, and now, scientists are investigating whether the hungry little bug can be used to recycle plastic and reduce pollution.”
I just worry that if it’s strong enough to degrade non-degradable things, what else will it do? Here’s hoping they don’t just dump it into the waters…
Norway to invest $1bn to create 10 ‘bike superhighways’
“As reported by Katie Herzog over at Grist, Norway will be investing close to $1 billion to build “bike superhighways” around its 10 largest cities. The idea is to create two-lane bike paths that facilitate both in-city travel, and connections to the suburbs surrounding each town. As Herzog suggests, the move is part of a broader push to diversify Norway’s economy and invest in infrastructure, largely as a response to plummeting oil prices and job cuts that have accompanied them.”
Magical ball extinguishes any fire immediately, even if no one is around!
“The Elide Fire Ball eliminates the need for training and the risk of panicked fumbling once a fire erupts by instantly unleashing a cloud of extinguishing chemicals. It can even be passively mounted near at-risk appliances for protection when no one is home.”