Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that chomps plastic for lunch

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At a trash dump in 2016, Japanese researchers discovered the first known bacterium that had evolved to consume plastic. An international team of researchers, building on that finding, revealed the structure of the enzyme the microorganism produces — and then engineered it to be even better.

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Scientists discover a huge new human organ hiding in plain sight

Researchers have revealed their unusual discovery of a new human organ, the interstitium, which consists of a series of fluid-filled, shock-absorbing compartments that shield body tissues. The interstitium was previously thought to be dense layers of connective tissue. However, Dr. David Carr-Locke and Dr. Petros Benias identified it as an organ while scanning a patient’s bile duct for signs of cancer. The doctors collaborated with New York University pathologist Dr. Neil Theise to further explore… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists create ‘umbrella’ spray to protect coral reefs from sun damage

Researchers have crafted a new liquid substance that can be sprayed onto the surface of the water above vulnerable coral reefs, shielding them from intense UV and visible light beaming down from the Sun. In doing so, the spray may help to defend reefs from extreme bleaching events. 50,000 times thinner than a human hair, the biodegradable spray is made from a natural lipid and calcium carbonate, a key component of coral reefs. A study View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists aim to use lasers to turn light into matter

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Polar bears could go extinct sooner than scientists previously thought

We’ve known climate change will cause trouble for polar bears for a while, but a new study reveals their metabolic rates are higher than we thought, and a changing environment is making it harder for them to snare enough food to reach energy demands. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists made the coldest liquid water ever – and it’s crazy weird

Water freezes at zero degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, right? While that’s technically water’s freezing point, under certain conditions water can be supercooled, and a group of scientists recently measured the lowest liquid water temperature to date: -42.55 degrees Celsius. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists hypothesize why earthquakes happen where they shouldn’t

Scientists at the University of Kentucky and the University of Memphis may have learned why earthquakes often occur in places far from the boundary of any tectonic plate, where earthquakes are usually expected. The slow, steady grind of tectonic plates and the tension released by tectonic activity View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists discover that exploding stars impact weather on Earth

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have learned that the cosmic rays emitted when stars explode have a measurable impact on weather patterns on Earth. Supernovae, which occur at the very end of a star’s life and result in a massive explosion, discharge ions, which affect cloud formation upon reaching Earth’s atmosphere. As cloud formation increases, weather on Earth becomes cooler. “Finally we have the last piece of the puzzle explaining how particles from space affect climate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Macron offers 18 scientists the chance to “Make Our Planet Great Again”

France’s president Emmanuel Macron had an answer to President Donald Trump’s decision to tug America out of the Paris Agreement: invite scientists to research climate change solutions in France. The Make Our Planet Great Again initiative now has its first class: 18 scientists from around the world. They’ll move from institutions like Princeton University, Stanford University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to France.

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Scientists warn of more severe earthquakes in 2018 as Earth’s rotation slows

You wouldn’t have felt it, but sometimes the Earth’s rotation slows down. Sure, the fluctuations are minute – maybe a millisecond here or there. But two geophysicists think there could be more destructive quakes next year because of the phenomenon – but it also could help us forecast the earthquakes.

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