Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone
Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone
Also known as superworms, the scavengers are able to digest the plastic, opening up the possibility of harnessing their abilities to help tackle our pollution crisis.
Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone
Beetle Larvae Can Survive on Polystyrene Alone

Also known as superworms, the scavengers are able to digest the plastic, opening up the possibility of harnessing their abilities to help tackle our pollution crisis.

Also known as superworms, the scavengers are able to digest the plastic, opening up the possibility of harnessing their abilities to help tackle our pollution crisis.

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Image of the Day: Plastic Nests
Image of the Day: Plastic Nests
Amy Schleunes | Mar 3, 2020
Seabirds in Norway use fishing debris to construct nests.
Image of the Day: Impaired Meiosis
Image of the Day: Impaired Meiosis
Amy Schleunes | Feb 7, 2020
A phthalate commonly found in shampoos, cosmetics, and cleaning products disrupts reproduction in worms.
UCL to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics, Including Pipette Tips
UCL to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics, Including Pipette Tips
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 25, 2019
Britain’s largest university aims to eliminate single-use plastics, in the lab and elsewhere around campus, by 2024. How exactly the institution plans to meet that goal is yet to be determined.
Image of the Day: What We’ve Dumped
Image of the Day: What We’ve Dumped
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 10, 2019
Researchers collected trash that washed up at Gulf Coast shoreline sites over two years. Most of it was plastic.
BPA and Its Replacements Have Same Effects on Mice
BPA and Its Replacements Have Same Effects on Mice
Kerry Grens | Sep 13, 2018
The plastic ingredients BPS and diphenyl sulfone cause chromosomal abnormalities, and the effects can last for generations.
Giant Trash Collector Launched to Scoop Up Ocean Waste
Giant Trash Collector Launched to Scoop Up Ocean Waste
Catherine Offord | Sep 10, 2018
The 600-meter-long structure will tackle the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a huge buildup of trash floating between California and Hawaii—but not everyone thinks it will work.
Plastics Emit Greenhouse Gases as They Degrade
Plastics Emit Greenhouse Gases as They Degrade
Shawna Williams | Aug 2, 2018
The materials are a previously unaccounted-for source of methane and ethylene, researchers find.
Life Scientists Cut Down on Plastic WasteLife Scientists Cut Down on Plastic Waste
Life Scientists Cut Down on Plastic Waste
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 31, 2018
Across the US, laboratories are finding creative ways to minimize the amount of plastic they throw away.  
Organic Fertilizers Rife With Microplastics: Study
Organic Fertilizers Rife With Microplastics: Study
Shawna Williams | Apr 4, 2018
Converting biowaste to plant food is an overlooked source of tiny plastic pollutants, researchers say.