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Help us fight for net neutrality!
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Head-on collision caught on security cam
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Watch the moment a North Korean soldier defected to the South
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My best friend was recently re-diagnosed with cancer and the doctors don't know how long he has left. I decided to drop out of college so we can pursue our bucket list together and film all of it. This is our first video.
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Internet Defenders Urge Mass Revolt to Fight FCC's "Scorched-Earth" Attack on Net Neutrality: "FCC Pai is handing over the internet to a few humongous gatekeepers who see the rest of us as products to be delivered to advertisers, not as citizens needing communications that serve democracy's needs.'
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Birthday girl.
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When someone asks me what the FCC is
6014
Guy corrects correct grammar incorrectly, gets called out.
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Teaching kids poor standards
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Roses are red, Pai should be in detention,
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??Here he is, the Biggest Douche in the Universe!??
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Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries Including Ireland & Most Countries In Africa [OC]
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Corrupt politician. Upvote this so that it shows in Google image search when you Google "corrupt politician".
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U.S our people need us to help stop this from happening!
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I guess I'll just go then...
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Join the Battle for Net Neutrality
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Programmer's Life
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Dolores Faith in a publicity still for the 1962 movie, "Wild Harvest"
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You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours
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Never Tell Me The Odds of losing Net Neutrality! Stand with us and fight the FCC and ISPs from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritizing the web!
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You seeing this Net Neutrality? Let's keep it, before greedy companies take even more money from us!
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When you finally give in to temptation and use the BattleForTheNet autodialer website.
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FaLmEr InFanT SlAyinG thE DraGonBorn
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Net Neutrality On Tylo
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TIL as a child, martial arts actor Jet Li was asked by Richard Nixon to be his personal bodyguard. Li replied, "I don't want to protect any individual. When I grow up, I want to defend my one billion Chinese countrymen!"
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Woke up early to a beautiful sunrise in Island Park, Idaho. 7343 × 4901 [OC]
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[I Ate] Montreal poppy seed bagel with cream cheese and smoked bacon
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More travelers say TripAdvisor blocked warnings of rape, injuries
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Congressmen demand investigation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Sinclair Broadcast Group
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If I had a $ for every post I've seen today about Net Neutrality...
9655
Freddie Mercury with his mother, 1947 [448x700]
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James Franco has 25 minutes worth of The Room shot-for-shot remake leftover from The Disaster Artist, hopes to release it
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Do you like looking at pictures that accidentally look like paintings? Be a shame if you had to pay extra for it. Join us in the battle to fight for internet neutrality!
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If the FCC kills net neutrality we won't be able to share our superbowls! Do your part!
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MRW I realize without Net Neutrality I might have to pay for porn.
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Drawing book, pencil, A5
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Happy anniversary
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Not sure which is worse, the product's design or the store's security
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Redditor explains why net neutrality matters, as if to someone who uses libraries.
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EA memes and FCC memes have a quick return of investment, but how about a crossover meme?
4661 remphos Good old fungi! I knew you guys could do it! I wonder if we can isolate the genes responsible for these enzymes and maybe put them into other fungi, if that wouldn't cause other problems somehow.
473 mvea Journal reference: Khan, S., et al., Biodegradation of polyester polyurethane by Aspergillus tubingensis, Environmental Pollution (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.03.012 Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749117300295?via%3Dihub Highlights • Aspergillus tubingensis was isolated, identified, and found to degrade polyurethane (PU). • The SEM and ATR-FTIR results clearly showed the degradation on the surface of PU. • Esterase and lipase activities were determined in the presence of different supplements to medium. • This is the first report showing A. tubingensis capable of degrading PU. Abstract > The xenobiotic nature and lack of degradability of polymeric materials has resulted in vast levels of environmental pollution and numerous health hazards. Different strategies have been developed and still more research is being in progress to reduce the impact of these polymeric materials. This work aimed to isolate and characterize polyester polyurethane (PU) degrading fungi from the soil of a general city waste disposal site in Islamabad, Pakistan. A novel PU degrading fungus was isolated from soil and identified as Aspergillus tubingensis on the basis of colony morphology, macro- and micro-morphology, molecular and phylogenetic analyses. The PU degrading ability of the fungus was tested in three different ways in the presence of 2% glucose: (a) on SDA agar plate, (b) in liquid MSM, and (c) after burial in soil. Our results indicated that this strain of A. tubingensis was capable of degrading PU. Using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), we were able to visually confirm that the mycelium of A. tubingensis colonized the PU material, causing surface degradation and scarring. The formation or breakage of chemical bonds during the biodegradation process of PU was confirmed using Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. The biodegradation of PU was higher when plate culture method was employed, followed by the liquid culture method and soil burial technique. Notably, after two months in liquid medium, the PU film was totally degraded into smaller pieces. Based on a comprehensive literature search, it can be stated that this is the first report showing A. tubingensis capable of degrading PU. This work provides insight into the role of A. tubingensis towards solving the dilemma of PU wastes through biodegradation.
663 BRMC888 Can the fungus be bred and used on a mass scale to break down plastics or is this not feasible? Also is the broken down plastic perfectly safe or does it still present problems?
256 7LeagueBoots Every few years another species of bacteria or fungus is found that breaks down plastics. Bacteria: - *Ideonella sakainesis* eats PET plastics 2016 http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6278/1154 - *Flavobacterium* has been known to degrade nylon since 1975 1975 https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/bbb1961/39/6/39_6_1219/_article 2007 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17512009 - unspecified marine microbes 2011 http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110328/full/news.2011.191.html - *Enterobacter asburiae* and a *Bacillus sp.* taken from waxworm guts break down polyethylene 2014 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es504038a - unspecified soil bacteria from the Frasier river area break down phthalates which are used in making some plastics - Ted talk 2012 https://www.ted.com/talks/two_young_scientists_break_down_plastics_with_bacteria/transcript?language=en - *Pseudomonas spp* break down LDPE - paper from 2012, but known from at least 2008 2012 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3460136/ - *Phanerochaete chrysosporium*, *Pseudomonas putida*, and *Sphingomonas macrogoltabidus* degrade HDPE 2013 http://jes2s.com/Broshkevitch_et_al.html Fungus: - *Pestalotiopsis microspora* and *Schizophyllum commune* break down PUR plastics and are edible 2011 http://aem.asm.org/content/77/17/6076.full - *Pleurotus ostreatus* breaks down oxo-biodegradable (D2W) plastic *without* pre-treatment 2014 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0069386 There are a bunch more cases, but I think those references are enough to make the point that this is not a unique discovery. I very much hope some of these wind up being able to be used to break down plastics in an industrial capacity, but so far that has eluded us.
326 TheAtomicOption if you have enough of a substrate laying around, eventually something's going to evolve a way to eat it.
665 Sciencetist Do these scientists keep losing it, or something? They seem to "find" this stuff again once every 6 months
39 itsfiguratively It's a shame this stuff also devastates beehives. Solving one problem by creating another.