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Plastic is a wonderful thing. It encases our gadgets, helps keep our food fresh, holds our water, and carries our data, as well as having a multitude of other uses. But there is one major problem with it: plastic does not breakdown on a reasonable timescale. The chemical bonds are so strong it is very difficult for nature to degrade it. The end result is lots of waste plastic being buried or clogging up our oceans for the next several generations. What we need is a way to quickly breakdown plastic waste, and the solution has appeared from an unlikely source.


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Pretty cool solution to all the plastic waste we're producing right now. thumb.gif

They should use it to eliminate that plastic island floating around the ocean, video tape it just disappearing and then fast forward the thing like 1000x times and put on Youtube. Now I wonder what would happen if somehow that fungus got loose in the civilized world. tongue.gif


Fixed the title and format. cheers.gif
Sorry mods, I haven't posted in this section for a long time so didn't how to post things correctly. smile.gif


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Edited by TheBirdman74 - 2/5/12 at 9:16pm
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You forgot the [geek] thing in the title tongue.gif

On topic: Plastic bags take 1000 years to degrade? HA I will now laugh at people who say that.
    
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This is great for waste management but I can just imagine this somehow becoming widespread and eating all plastic...
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Good news for the environment. smile.gif Hopefully they can manufacture this fungus on a large scale to consume all the waste plastic in our oceans and landfills.
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This is great for waste management but I can just imagine this somehow becoming widespread and eating all plastic...

it only eats certain type of plastic, not all of them.
    
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That is an overall win! thumb.gif
Nice find OP!
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Win. Would be even cooler if it could eat all types of plastic.
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Just don't eat my computer. okay?

 
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I'm tired and misread the title as: "Yale students discover they love to eat plastic"
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Win. Would be even cooler if it could eat all types of plastic.

I'm sure they could modify it to do so.
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