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Glitter is plastic in disguise, plus 4 more reasons to skip the shiny stuff
From wrapping paper and greeting cards to party favors and ornaments, millions of everyday items sparkle due to glitter. And while these shimmering objects are festive and eye-catching, they're harming our planet and contributing to climate change. Environmental science researcher Claire Gwinnett PhD explains how.
Posted Nov 2021
Millions of tons of plastic are trashed every year. But what if we used it to pave our roads?
In fact, just one kilometer of road paved with a plastic blend can contain the equivalent of nearly 750,000 plastic bags! Science journalist Ann Parson looks at the possibilities -- and pitfalls -- of this creative solution.
Posted Jun 2021
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This amazing robot swims like an eel AND detects pollution
Inspired by one of nature’s most efficient swimmers, bio-roboticist Auke Ijspeert and his team are building a sinuous robot that can venture into toxic waters.
Posted Feb 2018