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Mark F

good news thread (non polItical please)

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An 18 year old just won the google science fair with a way to extract microplastics from water... it's pretty awesome. SCIENCE for the win!




Today, the substance (ferrofluid) helps control vibrations in speakers and seal off electronics so they don't become clogged with debris. It's also a key part of Ferreira's plan to remove microplastics from water.

"I absolutely love ferrofluid," said Ferreira, who makes his own version of the liquid by suspending magnetite powder — a mineral found naturally on Earth's surface — in vegetable oil. (The leftover oil from fast-food chains like McDonald's works well, he said.)

Unlike rocket fuel, Ferreira's mixture isn't harmful to the environment, but it does attract plastic from all types of water, including rivers and oceans.

Ferreira said the most unique part of his mixture is that it can be used to remove plastic from wastewater — water discarded from homes, businesses, and industrial plants, for example. Studies have found that the world's wastewater treatment plants aren't equipped to filter out microplastics, even though they're major contributors to microplastic pollution.


Here is a quick demonstration of the process:


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Danny Trejo helped rescue a baby from an overturned car.

"Actor Danny Trejo, who's appeared in action-packed movies such as "Machete" and "Spy Kids," used his stunt skills in a real-life crisis when he helped to save a baby trapped in a car after an accident Wednesday."


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