Scientists Used Lasers to Transform Plastic Into Tiny Diamonds

They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.  Now, an international team of scientists has managed to make that statement literal by turning cheap polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic into nanodiamonds–synthetic, microscopic diamonds. “Within nanoseconds, […] 10 percent of all the carbon atoms inside this plastic sample are transformed toContinue Reading

Scientists: Atmospheric carbon might turn lakes more acidic

The Great Lakes have endured a lot the past century, from supersized algae blobs to invasive mussels and bloodsucking sea lamprey that nearly wiped out fish populations. Now, another danger: They — and other big lakes around the world — might be getting more acidic, which could make themContinue Reading

UP scientists race to find plastic-eating microbes

‘MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES’ | A team of researchers from the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute collects sediment samples at the heavily polluted Manila Bay (top photo) to study how microbes and other bacterial species could be harnessed to break down plastic waste. (Photos from the UP Marine Science Institute)Continue Reading