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Earth’s tiniest bugs are officially evolving to eat plastic

Earth’s tiniest bugs are officially evolving to eat plastic

In the first large-scale study of its kind, researchers have found that microbes living in oceans and soils around the world have learned to eat at least ten different types of plastic. Plastic is by far the world’s biggest issue when it comes to pollution. Most types are notoriously hard to recycle and even single-use plastics can remain in-tact for 500 years once thrown out. Although human led clean-up efforts are commendable,...

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Seaweed film could be the future of single use plastic packaging

Seaweed film could be the future of single use plastic packaging

London-based company Notpla was granted $13 million to boost sustainable packaging using seaweed. It hopes to replace hard-to-recycle plastic films used for food and clothing wrapping. The magical plant that holds together sushi rolls, adds flavour to our ramen bowls, and grows abundantly in the ocean has become an unlikely, yet perfect alternative to plastic film. Notpla, short for ‘not plastic’, is based in London. The company started its venture...

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Psychedelics are on course to be a catalyst for mass mental health

Psychedelics are on course to be a catalyst for mass mental health

Poised to be the hottest new therapeutics since Prozac, psychedelics have come a long way since their hallucinogenic hippy heyday. Last year, upon discovering that a growing number of scientists had begun asking whether mind-altering drugs such as DMT, magic mushrooms, and LSD could help treat trauma, addiction, and depression, I posed a question: do psychedelics have the potential to transform mental health? Almost twelve months on, and the answer is...

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NASA launches its first asteroid-deflecting spaceship

NASA launches its first asteroid-deflecting spaceship

Named DART, the spacecraft has no other purpose but to slam into and redirect an asteroid 6.8 million miles out in space. It’s the first planetary defence mission of its kind. Considering that we exist on a floating rock in the endless, chaotic abyss of the universe, NASA’s plan to practice deterring an asteroid from hitting our planet is warranted. Though DART’s target isn’t a threat to Earth at present, there...

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