Writing

This Ocean Cleanup System Aims To Collect 50 Tons Of Plastic. But Then What?

HuffPost – If the much-hyped system is a success, the tricky question is how to deal with all the plastic waste it will bring back.

These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

New York Times – Museum conservators are racing to figure out how to preserve modern artworks and historical objects that are disintegrating.

Designing the Death of a Plastic

New York Times – Decades ago, synthetic polymers became popular because they were cheap and durable. Now, scientists are creating material that self-destructs or breaks down for reuse on command.

Membrane knocks out antibiotic-resistant bacteria

C&EN – Combining UV disinfection with a photocatalytic membrane helps to reduce the bacteria and their genes in wastewater.

Mining archived data for emerging pollutants

C&EN – Data sharing project lays groundwork for contaminant “early warning network.”

Using nature’s motors to deliver drugs

C&EN – Bacteria and sperm have natural advantages over synthetic nanomotors when navigating the body’s byways.

New Species of Sponges Found on the Pacific Seafloor

New York Times – The tiny creatures live on rock nodules containing metals like iron, cobalt and copper that are targeted for deep-sea mining in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone.

The architecture of structured DNA

Nature – Researchers are exploiting the structural properties of DNA to build nanoscale models for use in medicine and materials science.

Thirsty MOF sucks more water from air

C&EN – A high-capacity, water-adsorbent metal-organic framework could help improve the performance of both water capture and adsorption cooling devices.

    “The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can't destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don't they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?” - Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone