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Scientists Have Found a Way to Break Down Plastic Within Hours
Insect saliva may be the key to breaking down plastic pollution, according to new research. Enzymes that rapidly break down plastic bags have been discovered in the saliva of wax worms, which are moth larvae that infest beehives. The enzymes are the first reported to break down polyethylene within hours at room temperature and could lead to cost-effective ways of recycling the plastic. The discovery came after one scientist, an amateur beekeeper, cleaned out an infested hive and found the larvae started eating holes in a plastic refuse bag.
This Eco-Friendly Coffee Shop is Using Edible Cups to Cut Down on Waste
Zero Green, an eco-friendly coffee shop in Bristol, is serving hot drinks in edible cups to reduce waste and comply with upcoming single-use plastic bans. These "Cupffee" cups are made from a thicker version of an ice cream cone, providing a unique and sustainable way to enjoy coffee. They last long enough before getting soggy, leaving behind a thin biodegradable paper sleeve that can be recycled, making it a fantastic zero-waste option that emphasizes eco-consciousness and creativity in addressing environmental challenges.
Scientist May Have Just Found a Way to Prevent Bone Loss in Space
Scientists may have discovered a breakthrough in mitigating bone loss during space travel. In an experiment aboard the International Space Station, an experimental treatment was shown to promote bone growth over nine weeks with no apparent adverse effects. This discovery could pave the way for more extended space missions and has potential applications in preventing bone loss associated with various medical conditions on Earth.
Here Are 6 Dads Who Saved the Day With Their Quick Thinking and Instincts
Parenthood brings out incredible instincts, and these heartwarming videos showcase the lightning-fast reactions of dads when their children are in need. From catching a falling child without using their hands to using their own bodies as shields, these dads demonstrate their extraordinary protective reflexes. These heartwarming moments remind us of the remarkable capabilities that parenthood can unlock in people.
Here's the Incredible Ways Your Body Adapts After Spending One Year in Space
NASA astronaut Frank Rubio's return from a record-breaking 371-day space mission aboard the ISS offers valuable insights into the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the human body. His experience, while surpassing previous US records, provides information on the impact of space travel on muscles, bones, eyesight, genes, and the immune system. This knowledge will be crucial as humanity plans missions to explore deeper into the solar system and helps scientists better understand the challenges and adaptations required for extended space travel.
Wind Power Generation in Ireland Just Exceeded Electricity Demand for the First Time
In a remarkable milestone, wind power generation in Ireland temporarily exceeded the country's total electricity demand, demonstrating the potential for decarbonizing its electricity system. This achievement highlights Ireland's growing capacity to harness renewable energy sources like wind, with July and August of this year setting records for wind power generation. Although some technical challenges remain, the progress made signifies a positive step towards cleaner, more affordable energy and a reduction in carbon emissions.
The First Black Hole Photographed Was Just Confirmed to Be Spinning
The supermassive black hole M87*, which became famous in 2019 for being the first black hole ever imaged, has now been confirmed to be spinning. While the exact speed of its rotation remains unknown, researchers have identified an 11-year cycle in the jet of radiation and particles emanating from the black hole. This discovery, based on two decades of data analysis, provides crucial insights into the behavior and evolution of black holes, showcasing the fascinating interplay between these cosmic giants and their surrounding environments.
A 71-Year-Old Man With Dementia Has Been Found After Getting Lost at the Hollywood Bowl
A 71-year-old man with dementia, who had gone missing after attending a John Legend concert at the Hollywood Bowl, has been found safe. A good Samaritan spotted him wandering near a hospital, recognized he needed help, and brought him into the emergency room. The man's family, who had been desperately searching for him, was overjoyed by the news, highlighting the compassion and kindness of people when someone is in need.
A Family Was Looking for Lost Earrings and Unearthed Buried Treasure Instead
A family in Norway, while using a metal detector to search for a lost gold earring, stumbled upon an incredible archaeological discovery. Under a big tree in their garden, they found a bowl-shaped buckle and another item believed to be part of a Viking-era burial, dating back more than 1,000 years. This remarkable find is believed to be the first of its kind in Jomfruland, and local officials praised the family for their responsible handling of the discovery.
A 10-Year-Old Coldplay Fan Was Just Surprised With a Birthday Shoutout at a Concert
A 10-year-old named Leo had a memorable night at Coldplay's Vancouver concert when frontman Chris Martin brought him on stage for an impromptu birthday song. The heartwarming moment was captured in a video that showed Martin singing a personalized birthday song for Leo, who was attending his first concert. The surprise appearance was part of Coldplay's Music of the Spheres World Tour, which also featured an Indigenous land acknowledgment, marking a significant moment of unity and inclusivity at the concert.
How Curiosity Can Help Us Overcome Disconnection and Practice Kindness
In an era of increasing divisiveness and polarization, embracing curiosity can be the key to healing and forging deeper connections with people. Deep curiosity, characterized by asking meaningful, open-hearted questions and valuing the inherent dignity of every person, can lead to more profound relationships and better conflict resolution. By practicing curiosity as a daily habit and using the DIVE framework (Detach, Intend, Value, Embrace), individuals can contribute to bridging divides and fostering understanding in an increasingly disconnected world.