Learn more about the launch of “System 001” that is designed to remove some of the plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

An ambitious project is launched to start the clean-up of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 600m-long floating barrier was launched off the coast of San Francisco this past Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.  The barrier, known as System 001 is powered by currents, waves, and wind.  System 001 is designed to collect five tonnes of plastic debris each month.

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Video:  https://abc7news.com/video/embed/?pid=4168133

Learn more at OceanCleanup.com

 

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High levels of lead and copper found in Detroit Schools

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/detroit-superintendent-sounds-the-alarm-about-tainted-water-in-schools/

Public schools in Detroit continue to have high levels of lead and copper in the pipes prompting officials to turn off the water in school water fountains.

Learn more how high levels of bloodstream lead affects cognitive function and how to prevent contamination.

High bloodstream lead levels affect attention, executive functions, visual-spatial skills, behavioral challenges, speech and language, and fine and gross motor skills.

 

Top Prize for global energy production goes to Australian Researcher, Martin Green, who predicts that by 2024 we will reach TW of power per year from solar!

Learn more about how solar energy is being captured and make increasingly efficient:

 

Martin Green is the director of the Austrailian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics.  His research team supplied the solar cells that had an energy conversion efficiency of 20%.

Green predicts that if research into solar power conversion continues at this level that “we are on track to reach production levels of a TW a year”.  This is a significant achievement since at these production levels you can reduce greenhouse gases.

Fiber Optics Cables: How do they work?

Learn more about the nature of the fiber optics cable:

 

How can you patent a scent? Hasbro, the manufacturer of play-doh, has protected it’s special play-doh smell with a patent.

Learn more about Play-Doh is made and how the special scent is now patented:

The crested rat knows their chemistry – learn more about some remarkable chemical adaptation adaptations

The crested rat has flank fur with remarkable properties.  Flank (hip) fur is modified to hold a chemical compound that when ingested is poisonous.

Chemistry in its elements – podcast.

Read about the poisonous surprise under the fur of this rat.

Learn more about how single use plastics like plastic bags and bottled water containers can break down and absorb toxic compounds

Single-use plastics continue to clog beaches. Learn more about how to contact manufacturers to design better packaging that does not become instant garbage: