Magnetic material mops up microplastics in water

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Researchers at RMIT University have found an innovative way to rapidly remove hazardous microplastics from water using magnets.

New visualization tool helps weather forecasters and researchers more easily identify and study bands of heavy snow

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Predicting snowfall from winter storms is tricky, in no small part because heavy snow and regions of mixed precipitation look very similar in weather radar imagery. Mixed precipitation falls as a blend of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow and can be mistaken for heavy snow on radar imagery, while translating to less snow accumulation on the ground.

Information about the consistency of precipitation particles’ shapes and sizes, derived from weather radar, can help meteorologists distinguish between uniform and mixed precipitation. But visualizing that has traditionally been difficult, especially as precipitation features within a winter storm move in complicated ways, shifting through time and traveling with prevailing winds across a landscape.

To address this problem, researchers at North Carolina State University developed a new way to seamlessly integrate standard weather radar imagery and information about precipitation type, so that weather forecasters and atmospheric scientists can quickly and easily distinguish heavy snow from mixed precipitation and improve understanding of the dynamics of winter storms.

Upcycling brewers’ yeast for an alt protein source boasting ‘unparalleled nutritional quality’

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French food-tech start-up Yeasty is offering food manufacturers an alternative source of protein from unused brewer’s yeast.

Confidence in research: researchers in the spotlight

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Informed by a literature review, a global survey, expert interviews and roundtable discussions, the main research objectives are:

  1. Evaluate researchers’ perceptions of the impact of the pandemic on the production and communication of research;
  2. Assess whether and how researchers have changed their behaviour as a result of the pandemic;
  3. Identify gaps in researchers’ confidence in the production and communication of research;
  4. Identify interventions that will help researchers effectively bolster both scientific practice and confidence in research.

Holiday season won’t save weak prices for recycled mixed paper

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Recovered fiber prices are expected to remain weak through year’s end as the industry grapples with excess inventory, inflation and tepid consumer spending, especially during the upcoming holiday season. 

Pigeons on the pill: Cities tackle climate-related pest boom

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Urban pest species are on the rise thanks to climate change — and city authorities are resorting to increasingly inventive methods to control them.

Biodegradable golf balls are on the upswing

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The large number of balls lost annually means microplastics are being introduced into waterways at an alarming rate, according to the Danish Golf Union.

Mitch Schols, the owner of Biodegradable Golf Balls has a plan to lower those numbers.

The company has designed and created exactly what you would expect from its name: biodegradable golf balls.

They are made of only two ingredients: corn starch and polyvinyl alcohol.

Researchers cook up a new way to remove microplastics from water

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Researchers at Princeton Engineering have found a way to turn your breakfast food into a new material that can cheaply remove salt and microplastics from seawater.

The researchers used egg whites to create an aerogel, a lightweight and porous material that can be used in many types of applications, including water filtration, energy storage, and sound and thermal insulation. Craig Arnold, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and vice dean of innovation at Princeton, works with his lab to create new materials, including aerogels, for engineering applications.

Microfibers in the Mediterranean Sea are floating homes for bacteria

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Almost 200 species of bacteria colonize microfibers in the Mediterranean Sea, including one that causes food poisoning in humans, according to a new study led by Maria Luiza Pedrotti of Sorbonne Université, published November 30 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE.