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Australian researchers use “green and cost-efficient” microscopic nanosprings to break down microplastic pollution

Plastic waste has unfortunately become ubiquitous in oceans and rivers today, posing a serious environmental hazard to marine creatures, ecosystems and people. In a bid to mitigate the ever-growing pollution of the world’s oceans, researchers from Australia have developed a way to clean water sources of microplastics without harming the microorganisms that live in them.  Using tiny coil-shaped, carbon-based magnets, or “carbon nanosprings,” the researchers aimed to degrade the microplastics into much smaller, innocuous pieces that dissolve in water. Details of their study were published in the journal Matter.  Read more.....

 

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