Thursday, May 29, 2008

The "Bottled Water" Dilemma and One Smart Kid

Back when we were living in Midtown Manhattan, I remember reading an interesting article in the NY Times about the popularity of bottled water. The article gave reasons for its popularity, but went on to discuss the unintended consequences of this craze, which namely was the stress all of the empty bottles were putting on landfills. The NY Times article was published in 2006 and I found it online here.

Recently, a kid from Canada, Daniel Burd, isolated a micro-organism that breaks down plastic. He's 16 years old, and this post is devoted to his efforts to solve a very important problem. Please click on the links below which go through his methods to isolate this promising bacteria. If his research proves feasible, we could potentially accelerate the breakdown of all that man-made plastic.

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