Plastic problem

How do water striders manage to avoid being dragged down when raindrops hit the surface of the water? Researchers have now investigated this using high-speed recordings… more

Plastic-eating bacteria are seen as a source of hope in combating the global waste problem. Two studies now provide insights into their metabolism and possible approaches to cultivation… more

A study shows that tiny aquatic animals are apparently significantly involved in the transformation of plastic pieces into even more problematic particles… more

Their larvae are currently booming as animal feed – but researchers show that the previously unused flies also have potential for eco-use: they can be turned into degradable plastics… more

More and more plastic waste is piling up in the world’s oceans. It is not yet possible to predict what damage it can cause. Researchers and engineers are alarmed and are looking for ways to remove the plastic residue from the water… more

Researchers are developing new concepts and technologies to use plastic waste as a source of raw materials… more

Plastics made from renewable raw materials are gradually conquering the market. There are reasons why it doesn’t go any faster… more

Researchers have developed biologically inspired underwater robots that swim and grasp objects using the power of artificial muscles. In this way they could clean up water bodies or collect samples… more

Many marine invertebrates that are normally only found in coastal regions can live and reproduce on floating plastic waste in the open ocean, a study documents… more

Plastic waste in the oceans endangers countless creatures. Rivers are often the source – although not so much the large streams, but rather, according to a new study, small bodies of water in highly polluted coastal cities. This is where you have to start, and the first successful projects already exist… more

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