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Microplastics – News and Features

Water runs into cupped hands.

Injectable Water Filtration System Could Improve Access to Clean Drinking Water

A new portable water filtration system easily decontaminates water from streams and rivers to improve access to clean drinking water in remote or underdeveloped regions.
Microplastics in the ocean.

How Far Microplastics Travel Depends on Their Shape

How far microplastics travel in the atmosphere depends crucially on particle shape. While spherical particles settle quickly, microplastic fibers might travel as far as the stratosphere.
Water being poured from a plastic bottle into a glass.

Bottled Water Contains Thousands of Nanoplastics

For the first time, researchers have been able to count and identify nanoplastics – plastic particles measuring less than one micrometer in size – in samples taken from bottled water.
Group of bluefin tuna swimming in the ocean.
Industry Insight

Cell Line Development Is Transforming the Future of Seafood Production

Explore how advances in food cultivation techniques make safer food alternatives possible while allowing marine wildlife to remain in the ocean to restore and replenish their populations.
Seabirds flying over the sea.

Why Are Seabirds Feeding Their Chicks Plastic?

Seabirds in the Pacific Ocean are eating plastic and feeding it to their chicks. But we know precious little about why the birds are doing this.
Plastic bottle on a beach.

Takeaways From a Global Plastics Treaty

Technology Networks caught up with Aidan Charron, director of the End Plastic Initiatives at Earth Day, not long after he arrived back from Nairobi to hear how negotiations on an international plastics treat went.
Plastic straws breaking into smaller and smaller pieces.

Snail-Inspired Robot Could Scoop Up Ocean Microplastics

The Hawaiian apple snail has inspired the design of a robot prototype that may one day scoop up ocean microplastics.
A scientist operates a flow cytometer machine.

Scientists Test Out New Method for Identifying Small Microplastics

Researchers have now developed an innovative analytical method that combines different specialized techniques, including flow cytometry, to characterize and count microplastics.
Wetland contaminated with waste water.

Explore the World of PFAS With Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are widely used and persist in the environment and the human body for extended periods. Technology Networks invited Dr. Carol Kwiatkowski to an Ask Me Anything session to answer your questions about PFAS and their impact on human health.
A closeup of laboratory equipment.

A More Sustainable Way To Recycle Biobased Polycarbonate Plastics

Researchers from ICIQ describe a circular process to recycle polycarbonates, a specific polymer often used in plastic applications, using less chemicals and user-friendly conditions.