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Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans? - The Atlantic
the more sustainable your civilization becomes, the smaller the signal you’ll leave for future generations.
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1 hour ago by mirthe
Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles | Environment | The Guardian
The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis
Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.
The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.
The international team then tweaked the enzyme to see how it had evolved, but tests showed they had inadvertently made the molecule even better at breaking down the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic used for soft drink bottles. “What actually turned out was we improved the enzyme, which was a bit of a shock,” said Prof John McGeehan, at the University of Portsmouth, UK, who led the research. “It’s great and a real finding.”
science  environment 
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Was Passiert Wenn ein Winziges Schwarzes Loch Neben Dir Auftaucht? - YouTube
Was passiert wenn plötzlich ein winziges schwarzes Loch, so groß wie eine Münze, in deiner Hosentasche auftaucht? Lasst es uns herausfinden!Soundcloud: Erde in Gefahr – Was pass
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