Monday, June 22, 2009

Teen Discovers Plastic Eating Microbe. Plus, Bill Maher.

This is so cool and exciting!! It's awesome a teen-ager figured this out!! Now if we could figure out a way to breakdown nuclear waste quicker and remove its radioactivity. So that it would be turned into lawn clippings or something harmless.

Daniel Burd, a high school student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, presented his research on microorganisms that can rapidly biodegrade plastic. Daniel had a thought it seems even the most esteemed PhDs hadn't considered. Plastic, one of the most indestructible of manufactured materials, does in fact eventually decompose. It takes 1,000 years but decompose it does, which means there must be microorganisms out there to do the decomposing.

Could those microorganisms be bred to do the job faster? That was Daniel's question which he put to the test by a very simple and clever process of immersing ground plastic in a yeast solution that encourages microbial growth, and then isolating the most productive organisms.
The preliminary results were encouraging, so he kept at it, selecting out the most effective strains and interbreeding them. After several weeks of tweaking and optimizing temperatures Burd was achieved a 43 % degradation of plastic in six weeks, an almost inconceivable accomplishment.

TPJ: In other news, Bill Maher is criticizing a Democratic Party, which lately has ceased being much of a left-wing party:
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1 comment:

TRUTH 101 said...

The bad news is this kid probably hasn't done anything to contain these microbes. Soon all our dashboards and bottles and zippers will be eaten by renegade microbes. Of coursen depending on what the zippers are keeping us from seeing, this may also be a good thing.