‘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

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