Writing

The Kilogram is Dead. Long Live the Kilogram!

New York Times – After a vote (and a century of research), the standard measure for mass is redefined, and the long reign of Le Grand K is ended.

A Huge Mystery About Ocean Plastics Remains Unsolved

HuffPost – Scientists say there’s more to the pollution problem than the huge masses of debris that grab public attention.

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 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