A £61.4 million package to find new ways of cleaning up and preventing plastic waste is expected to be announced
17 April, 2018, 18:51
It has the capacity to digest PET plasticthat was patented in the 1940s and now used in million tons, especially to manufacture bottles. During this study, they inadvertently engineered an enzyme that is better still at degrading the plastic than the one that evolved in nature.
We may have a new weapon in our fight against the rising tide of plastic pollution - and it was discovered by accident.
British scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the plastic used in single-use plastic bottles and other common packaging.
One possible improvement being explored is to transplant the mutant enzyme into an "extremophile bacteria" that can survive temperatures above the 70C melting point of PET - the plastic is likely to degrade 10-100 times faster when molten.
Independent of the U.S. DOE and United Kingdom work, researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology were studying the natural enzyme's structure and they too claimed they found a way to improve its PET degradation potential. They believe it could offer a viable long-term and large-scale solution to global plastic pollution by supporting a circular recycling model in which plastics are broken-down and reused at end-of-life.
"We can all play a significant part in dealing with the plastic problem, but the scientific community who ultimately created these "wonder materials" must now use all the technology at their disposal to develop real solutions".
Plastic waste is a massive issue for the environment, with tonnes of it entering our oceans and being dumped in landfills every day. But instead of the mutated PETase proving more ineffective at degrading PET, the team found the opposite, that it actually performed better.
Band members thanked fans as they accepted their award after a speech from Ann Wilson , who praised their "natural intelligence". The ceremony will air as an edited special on HBO May 5, but you can also see their backstage press room chat below.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was holding meetings on Syria and expected to make decisions "fairly soon". The Downing Street statement did not mention parliament, and a spokeswoman did not comment on those reports.
The strong winds will also keep temperatures well above average, reaching the upper 70s again on Thursday afternoon. Precipitation will start mainly as rain after midnight in Central Wisconsin, then begin to track north .
This incident is believed to be the twelfth suspected murder case involving teenagers in the capital since the beginning of 2018. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course".
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Denver will sit on the western edge of potential blizzard conditions developing on the adjacent plains by Friday afternoon. Area school, including RE-1 Valley and Merino, called off school for today yesterday based on anticipated conditions.
Manchester City could still miss out on winning the Premier League title this season, says manager Pep Guardiola . Now we have in front of us the most important title in the season by far. "We have to do it tomorrow".
Jennifer Cobbe , a tech law researcher at the University of Cambridge, shared screenshots of the prompts on her Twitter page. A California judge on Monday gave the green light to a three-year-old case claiming the social network violated IL law.
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Another winter storm set to slam this area
Gusty northerly winds are expected through the day as well, which may create areas of blowing and drifting snow. Eventually it will turn cold enough late Sunday for rain showers to change to snow showers in southern MI .