New avenues for a more sustainable solution to the increasing global plastic waste problem.

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Since the invention of plastics in 1907, our world quickly became dependent on these versatile materials. Plastics are present in appliances, electronics, furniture, and are often used as packaging materials for food (just take a closer look at your refrigerator.)

Although plastics have made our lives much easier, today we are faced with a global crisis primarily due to the poor management of plastic waste.

By 2018, estimates suggested that of 8.3 billion US tons of plastic manufactured worldwide, 6.9 billion US tons of plastic waste were generated. …

Based on modelling experiments, researchers think this is more than just a hypothesis.

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Rain and volcanic eruptions do not seem to be interconnected. But they may be.

In fact, just a few months ago, a study in Nature provided evidence that extreme rainfalls had triggered the eruption at Kīlauea Volcano in 2018.

Researchers came to this conclusion based on mathematical models. They computed the subsurface pressure built due to infiltration of water after the rainfall and right before the volcanic eruption.

What did researchers find in these simulations? They found that subsurface pressures were about 0.1 kPa to 1 kPa at depths between 1 km to 3 km. While these pressure levels might…

A current NASA’s mission is uncovering details about the Moon, but we might have to wait a little longer to have the full picture.

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The Moon is essential to the Earth. So crucial, that our planet would be at risk if one day, all of a sudden, the Moon simply disappeared. Without the Moon, the Earth would suffer and, thus, life in it. How so?

The Moon is responsible for tides and Earth’s stabilization. Tides are crucial for life in the ocean, particularly for some types of fish and sea turtles. These animals would be literally lost in the absence of our lunar companion as they have evolved to be tuned to high and low tides. The Earth would also be disoriented in the…

We will only have to wait a little more than 11,000 years

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86 years have passed since two times Nobel Prize winner Marie Skłodowska Curie left us. This July 4th, we are reminded of her everlasting legacy to science and to the world.

To science, she left many contributions to radioactivity and the discovery of radium (Ra) and polonium (Po). To the world, she left the recordings of her scientific endeavour, her laboratory notebooks.

Josseline S. Ramos-Figueroa

Curious about the science behind everything. Currently, a PhD candidate in biological chemistry.

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