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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Plastic Bags, Researchers Say

Wax worms are able to break down the bonds in a popular synthetic polymer, which may someday help to reduce pollution.

How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic

15 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see. That’s a total of about 19 billion pounds of garbage. Show More Summary

Clothing drive for Working Wardrobes at Fullerton’s Choux Creme brings in nearly 900 pieces of professional attire

The plastic bags were filled with gently worn collared shirts and pants, dresses and blazers. In the trunk of Khinsey Vong’s car, there appeared to be enough clothing to fill dozens of closets. Last week, Working Wardrobes, an Orange County nonprofit that helps people dress professionally for job interviews, received 884 pieces of clothing from […]

These Caterpillars Chow Down on Plastic Bags

2 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Scientists say wax worms may be a way to help dispose of non-biodegradable plastic waste.

A Worm May Hold The Key To Biodegrading Plastic

2 days agoNews : The Two-Way

More than a trillion plastic bags are used annually. They're made of a notoriously resilient kind of plastic called polyethylene – but scientists have found that wax worms are able to break them down.

Researchers create artificial womb for premature babies

Researchers in Philadelphia have successfully gestated premature lambs in sealed plastic bags outside the womb, giving some hope for critically premature human babies (and their parents) at some point in the future. According to the paper published in Nature Communications, the Biobag was the result of multiple tries at recreating a womb. Show More Summary

Artificial Wombs: Scientists Successfully Helped Premature Lambs be Born, are Babies Next?

Scientists have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using an artificial womb that looks like a plastic bag, according to a study published today. The authors of the study, published in Nature Communications, hope that the new approach will lead to better survival chances for babies born prematurely. The “artificial womb” used […]

This worm eats plastic bags

2 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Humans discard a trillion single-use plastic bags every year. If you were a wax worm, this statistic would make you drool. The caterpillar loves to eat them. From Atlas Obscura: Frederica Bertocchini, a biologist at the Institute ofShow More Summary

Artificial womb helps premature lamb fetuses grow for 4 weeks

A fluid-filled plastic bag can help extremely premature lambs to develop and grow – and will be used to support premature babies in three years’ time

Tuesday News: NC, First in Pollution

2 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

SENATE GOP LOVES PLASTIC BAGS, HATES RIPARIAN BUFFERS: Banning plastic shopping bags from Outer Banks beaches – a personal mission of former Democratic Senate leader Marc Basnight eight years ago – would be undone in a bill Republican lawmakers are pushing. Show More Summary

Beekeepers’ nuisance could offer solution to our plastic problem

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Plastic bags are a bane of modern life. As you read this, nearly two million of them are being used around the world right now. By the time the year is over, this number will probably reach a trillion, clogging up landfills, oceans, streams, and the digestive tracts of marine animals. Show More Summary

Icky wax worms could offer solution biodegrading plastic bags - CNET

A simple worm commonly used as a fisherman's bait could be the key to getting rid of the plastic bags clogging landfills.

Would-be kidnapper messed with the wrong 8-year-old girl

2 days agoNews / Crime : NYPost: Crime

An 8-year-old girl in Chicago fought off a would-be kidnapper — kicking him and running away — as he tried to put a plastic bag over her head, a report says. “I am extremely proud that I raised a fighter,” the child’s mother, Cheniece Kidd, told WLS-TV on Monday. “She is not going to give...

Very hungry caterpillars could be the answer to the Earth's massive plastic bag problem

A Spanish biologist and amateur beekeeper may have discovered a way to deal with some of the trillion plastic bags humans use and toss annually — and the answer lies in the humble caterpillar. Or, more specifically, the Galleria mellonella,...Show More Summary

How tiny worms could solve the world’s plastic problem

Scientists in Italy may have discovered a small solution to a big problem: they’ve found a caterpillar that eats plastic bags and shits out antifreeze. The author of a paper published today in Current Biology, Federica Bertocchini, discovered this by accident: An amateur beekeeper, she considered waxworms pests. Show More Summary

These pesky caterpillars seem to digest plastic bags

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

An amateur beekeeper and professional biologist plucked worms from her beehives and dropped the caterpillars into a plastic bag — only to find “the worms all around and the plastic bag full of holes.”

Wax Worms Have a Voracious Appetite—for Plastic Bags

Plastic is pretty much forever. That polyethylene plastic bag you used to bring your groceries home can last for centuries in a landfill or the ocean. Scientists have tried using bacteria and fungus to break down plastics, but a team...Show More Summary

Watch Amazing Caterpillars Degrade a Plastic Bag | Video

The wax worm caterpillar (Galleria mellonella) can degrade plastic polyethylene bags.

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