‘Superworms’ Can Digest Styrofoam, Australian Scientists Find – Slashdot

The idea is that some kind of enzyme engineered from the gut of an insect or bacteria could be used to digest difficult-to-recycle plastic so it could be made into new plastic products, which would reduce the need for virgin plastic. Used for things such as coffee cups and packing peanuts, polystyrene is one of the most common plastics in production. It accounts for “up to 7-10% of the total non-fibre plastic production,” according to the paper.
— Read on m.slashdot.org/story/400892

Slime Mold Grows Network Just Like Tokyo Rail System | WIRED

Talented and dedicated engineers spent countless hours designing Japan’s rail system to be one of the world’s most efficient. Could have just asked a slime mold. When presented with oat flakes arranged in the pattern of Japanese cities around Tokyo, brainless, single-celled slime molds construct networks of nutrient-channeling tubes that are strikingly similar to the […]
— Read on www.wired.com/2010/01/slime-mold-grows-network-just-like-tokyo-rail-system/amp

Cybercriminals Are Doing Their Homework in Latest Banking Scam – Slashdot

The con starts off as many that target individuals do nowadays: With a text message. In this case it’s not a phishing attempt, it’s an attempt to ascertain whether the person receiving the message is susceptible to further manipulation. Posing as the target’s bank, the message asks whether a large charge ($5,000 in the example the FBI gives) was legitimate and asks for a reply of YES or NO.
— Read on m.slashdot.org/story/398738

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