Q: I just heard a awesome news: Yale Discovers a Fungus That Eats Plastic

praveensapkota
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/249216/yale_discovers_a_fungus_that_eats_plastic.html

Now, That Is What I Call Good News
Any thoughts from you guys?
praveensapkota (rep: 49.8k) posted Feb 04, 2012
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pdubbb
This is really interesting, but if you read the paper (Full text here: http://aem.asm.org/content/77/17/6076.full.pdf), you'll learn that these fungi degrade a specific plastic, polyester polyurethane (PUR). Bottles and wrappers, stuff that is typically found in landfills, is typically made of polyethylene, polystyrene (any many others) as these are considerably cheaper than other plastics. PUR is a bit more expensive and is mainly used in construction rather than disposable consumer products.

Though this is a great experiment and find indeed, people should not assume that this will solve the overfilling landfills worldwide.

Fun fact: this fungus can eat your iPad smart cover since it is made of polyurethane.
pdubbb (rep: 628) posted Feb 04, 2012
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encorez
1000 years from now, landfills will be gold mines......
encorez (rep: 9.95k) posted Feb 04, 2012
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praveensapkota
thanks pdubbb for additional news
praveensapkota (rep: 49.8k) posted Feb 05, 2012
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iowahawkeyes
Wow! this is insane! Can't wait! all landfills will change forever! Why can't this cool stuff be on the news instead of the Kardashians and Casey Anthony?!
iowahawkeyes (rep: 4.23k) posted Feb 05, 2012
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