The coolest place on the internet, according to this tagline.
AskArchiveFAQ

Fun guy chillin’ in South American rainforest finds plastic-eating fungi
Seriously, though this is kind of a big deal. Know that big problem we have? You know, the one involving a crapload of used plastic hanging around in landfills with nowhere to biodegrade for a couple million years? Well, Jonathan Russell might’ve solved that problem. See, Russell and his fellow Yale students went to Ecuador, where they found a new kind of fungus they’re calling Pestalotiopsis microspora. Big deal, you’re thinking. Anyone can find fungus anywhere! Well, something his fellow students found out after the fact is that this fungus can live on a diet of polyurethane alone — and even crazier, it doesn’t even need air to do so! In other words, we could potentially put it at the bottom of a landfill and cover it with plastic, and it would do the rest of the work. This might be game-changing if it works as advertised. (photo via Flickr user dbutt; EDIT: Updated with link to research abstract) source
Follow ShortFormBlog

Seriously, though this is kind of a big deal. Know that big problem we have? You know, the one involving a crapload of used plastic hanging around in landfills with nowhere to biodegrade for a couple million years? Well, Jonathan Russell might’ve solved that problem. See, Russell and his fellow Yale students went to Ecuador, where they found a new kind of fungus they’re calling Pestalotiopsis microspora. Big deal, you’re thinking. Anyone can find fungus anywhere! Well, something his fellow students found out after the fact is that this fungus can live on a diet of polyurethane alone — and even crazier, it doesn’t even need air to do so! In other words, we could potentially put it at the bottom of a landfill and cover it with plastic, and it would do the rest of the work. This might be game-changing if it works as advertised. (photo via Flickr user dbutt; EDIT: Updated with link to research abstract) source

Follow ShortFormBlog

February 3, 2012 // 15:12 // 2 years ago
blog comments powered by Disqus

102,618 notes from really cool Tumblrs like ours. Click to read.

  1. tyymeup reblogged this from maccdemarcoo
  2. velveteen-queen reblogged this from wiitch-hazell
  3. socialfingers reblogged this from nicedildo
  4. neko4life reblogged this from thepainofthefeels
  5. officialpen reblogged this from maleficentmisha
  6. maccdemarcoo reblogged this from burgerbarf
  7. eurospookie reblogged this from rhikaboo
  8. idontlikeyourfacecerymuch reblogged this from the-lone-reader
  9. justsoicankeepup reblogged this from wiitch-hazell
  10. godstiniestyrannosaurus reblogged this from numbersarefun
  11. swordofshin reblogged this from smirkseriously
  12. suchalittlethingandmadeofclay reblogged this from bravepalmtrees
  13. burgerbarf reblogged this from nicedildo and added:
    Hey but also let’s not use this opportunity to say, “well that means i can throw away as much trash as I want.” If it...
  14. galaxiguin reblogged this from shy-bandit
  15. ghosttempest reblogged this from shrineart
  16. tyke-mcd reblogged this from abbyschu
  17. mandyherondale reblogged this from feeling-sparkly
  18. meetsilkie reblogged this from asmallblogtofeelsafe
  19. verneandmelville reblogged this from thepainofthefeels
  20. thesweetandreckless reblogged this from nicedildo
  21. nicedildo reblogged this from poiespino
  22. babbynix reblogged this from volleyballbabies
  23. demons-iget-peopleare-crazy reblogged this from pixie-ass-bitch
  24. squagel reblogged this from madammayh3m
  25. asmallblogtofeelsafe reblogged this from feeling-sparkly
  26. ylenax6 reblogged this from stylinurges
  27. seahoran13 reblogged this from perks-of-being-chinese
  28. grim-alien reblogged this from supernaturally-homestuck
  29. the-woodsinator reblogged this from kinky-taco