Bye Bye Plastic

Maybe it’s cheap, perhaps its easy to make, or perhaps we’re just lazy to move on to a better alternative. The truth is, we are dependant on plastic. One way or the other, it’s around us. One thing around you all the time is made from or has some part made from plastic, and that’s not the problem, the problem is at its disposal. Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals have killed annually from plastic in our oceans.

How do we combat this waste issue? How do we dispose of plastic responsibly without burning it? Well, God Bless Nature. In the outskirts of the Capital in Pakistan, there has been a newly discovered soil fungus, which eats plastic in one of the dumping sites.

The fungus, identified as Aspergillus tubingensis was found in the dump yards and can degrade polyester polyurethane, aka plastic.

The fungus can degrade the plastic in three conditions

  1. Agar Plate – Fastest
  2. Liquid – 2 months’ time
  3. Soil Burial – Slowest

The researchers are currently assessing the fungus and its use on a large-scale installation and possible the ocean as well without damaging the existing marine ecosystem. Its impact could be of significant use to municipal institutions of cities, poor settlements with no access to recycling centers and marine biologist. However, it should be carefully monitored not to eat plastic that is useful.

Plastic-degrading fungus found in Pakistan rubbish dump – Harry Cockburn


COMMENT – Air Purification through Carpets – This is an excellent micro-level solution, however, if you look at the concept of air pollution at a macro level, you can’t go on planting carpets across an entire city like Beijing and vacuum it every morning. This article shows a startup that’s trying to convert smog from the atmosphere into diamonds.

Make healtheir use of your selfies

Article: App detects pancreatic cancer from the whites of your eyes: It can detect yellowing before it becomes noticeable to humans.

By: Mallory Locklear

Pancreatic Cancer is one of the deadliest cancers with a just 9% survival rater. Even the great Steve Jobs with all the technology around him couldn’t beat it, but now we might have a way that almost everyone in the world could be able to detect pancreatic cancer before it becomes out of control, and it all could be thanks to Steve Jobs.

Most of us have apps like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook to take and posts selfies, but researchers from the University of Washington have developed an app called BiliScreen, that takes a selfie and detects Pancreatic cancer from your eye color before the human eye can even detect it.

It uses various algorithms to detect different levels of Bilirubin levels that turn the whites of your eyes to yellow in case of pancreatic cancer.

The app is cheaper and easier to use than a blood test and gives instant results, with a success rate of 90 %.

It allows people to get ahead of the disease and screen it as soon as possible to help in the treatment at an early stage.

The only drawback of the app is that it requires certain paper glasses or lightbox to remove external lighting effects to create accurate results.

The app developers are currently underway in developing a new version that removes the use of the glasses and special light boxes.

Hospitals, Average smartphone users will be the primary users of this technology.

To use this app, you’ll need a smartphone with a camera, internet connectivity, and that’s it. It’s that simple to use.


Hyperloop who? Introducing T-Flight

Environmentally Inefficient travel options such as buses, trains, and airplanes not only end up leaving a large environmental footprint but are not doing enough to address the problem of sustainability. For a city, such as Dubai, the daily turnover of aircraft is over 1,000, which means over 1,000 aircraft are burning fossil fuel to move passengers and cargo from one place to another. A more environmentally sustainable solution to this problem needs to be found, that addresses the use of fossil fuel, the emissions, all the while maintaining the benefit of traveling long distances in a brief time.

#Energy #Transport

Using the concept similar to that of the Hyperloop; using frictionless technology to achieve fast speeds over a long distance, the Chinese concept of T-Flight achieves speeds of over 2,300 mph, overshadowing the “mediocre” speeds of 745 mph of the Hyperloop. It proposes to make travel more convenient, affordable, and accessible to a larger audience. One of the future problems that scientist predict that aircraft will face is increased turbulence due to global warming. T-Flight hopes to eradicate most of these issues.

Being powered by renewables, T-Flight promises to bring a cleaner and more efficient solution to long-distance travel compared to the traditional air travel.

The stakeholders that will be using the technology would be the intercity transit, national transit, and cross-country transit departments.

T-Flight is a project of CASIC which has 150,000 employees, support of the Chinese Government, and some deep pockets.

The deployment of this technology will begin with research. Already 200 patents for T-Flight have been registered, and the final research is said to complete by 2020. This will be followed by the construction of a national network of tunnels where speeds of 1200 mph can be achieved starting 2027, connecting major cities within China, followed by Stage 3 of constructing 2300 mph tunnels for cross-country travel.

The next stage is to build a national network of 1,200-miles-per-hour hyper loops across China beginning in 2027. This Phase 2 network would in theory link cities like Shanghai, Chengdu, and Beijing. The final stage: Mach-3 flying trains around the world.

The interconnection of cities is vital. However, the fact that the technology can be small-sized to intercity at relatively slower speeds (Much lower: 50 mph), shows that the future towards sustainable transport not just cross cities or across countries, but within cities is taking a huge leap forward. Underground inter-city and cross cities connection is the final goal of the T-flight. Something every commuter can look forward to.

China’s looking to one-up Elon Musk’s hyperloop
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