Score
Title
6369
"Guess I'm your pottery supervisor"
4319
Japanese scientists have invented a new loop-based quantum computing technique that renders a far larger number of calculations more efficiently than existing quantum computers, allowing a single circuit to process more than 1 million qubits theoretically, as reported in Physical Review Letters.
19721
Happy 66th birthday, Mark Hamill!
5786
Just in. Exclusive pictures of Australia's Space Program.
2917
Thinking of a good title can be more difficult than the Gif itself
9034
(((Our))) President
2425
?? Ever seen a baby humpback whale drinking its mother's milk? [x-post /r/UnderTheSea]
5242
Meanwhile, in an alternate universe...
5979
[Image] The couple from the Woodstock '69 album cover are still together
45139
Crazy man rides the subway on the outside.
38390
Joe Kinan was horribly burned in the 2003 Station nightclub fire, which killed his girlfriend Karla and 99 other people. Here he is in 2014, smiling with his newborn daughter, Hadley.
20969
Some say she's still there to this very day
12727
Mama snowdoggo gives her pupper a big lovehuggo
8220
Forbes cover in 2007
6047
Best friends forever..?
2121
Precision feeding a lucky lazy hedgehog
8035
A lurker for two years, the first comment by /u/littleboss37 is to contextualize the video an Opera performance where the singer hits a high A-flat, the highest note to have ever been sung at the Met, because the video is of her
10152
When my friends are down
3262
at being the predator
6430
Counting is fun with friends
9315
Jared Kushner used private email for White House business
56762
My brother's cat has thumbs
3206
Rock climbing cat
4678
Trying to drift
3517
Neighbor was involved in a hit and run and is trying to identify the red vehicle that hit him. Any idea what vehicle this could be from? Cheers!
1455
When you find out the new iPhone X costs $999
1816
RBR Confirm they'll be racing as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2018
2271
"Sometimes I don't think about killing my human"
21022
My Grandpa and Grandma :) (1950?)
1838
TIL While viewing porn, men tend to focus on a woman’s eyes and lips over breasts or genitals. Researchers speculate that men look at women’s faces to determine how “turned on” the woman is.
14449
See Through Suppressor in Super Slow Motion (110,000 fps). Finally did it and it was everything I had hoped it would be.
23217
Guy lied on fb about getting two cars for his birthday, gets completely ruined in the comments.
12031
hmmm
1221
German police stops car with what turns out to be a blood sticker. No charges because "awful taste is not a crime".
13469
Trump Criticizing Trump?
3135
On this day in 1980, John "Bonzo" Bonham was found dead after a drinking binge. Here're some facts about his life. RIP, Bonzo.
1311
If you hard. Then you hard.
20477
Sometimes I wonder how vegans survive off of what little they eat
1286
Yeah I think I'm gonna pass, Australia
2501
In case you haven't seen the 15x on the mini.
4655 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.
478 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.
670 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?
255 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.
321 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
36 itsfiguratively It's a shame this stuff also devastates beehives. Solving one problem by creating another.