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Neuston: Living Among Plastic Debris in the Open Ocean
With plastic recovery operations now underway in the world’s marine garbage patches, scientists must contend with how little was known about the organisms living at the surface.
Neuston: Living Among Plastic Debris in the Open Ocean
Neuston: Living Among Plastic Debris in the Open Ocean

With plastic recovery operations now underway in the world’s marine garbage patches, scientists must contend with how little was known about the organisms living at the surface.

With plastic recovery operations now underway in the world’s marine garbage patches, scientists must contend with how little was known about the organisms living at the surface.

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Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Nov 14, 2022 | 9 min read
Scientists, students, and administrative staff are working to bring about a cultural shift to mitigate the impact of research on the environment.
Pipe Dreams TS Book Club Discussion
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | Jun 18, 2021 | 2 min read
Join The Scientist on August 20 to discuss Chelsea Wald’s tour of projects aimed at improving toilets—and solving many of the world’s problems in the process.
UCL to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics, Including Pipette Tips
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 25, 2019 | 3 min read
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.
New Woes for MIT Media Lab
Ashley Yeager | Sep 24, 2019 | 3 min read
Researchers say the Open Agricultural Initiative promoted a high-profile project with misleading claims, and documents show it violated state environmental regulations.
The Superpowers of Genetically Modified Pigs
Kerry Grens | Aug 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Scientists have engineered swine that pollute less, fend off disease, and produce more meat, but you won’t find them outside experimental farms . . . yet.
Life Scientists Cut Down on Plastic Waste
Katarina Zimmer | Aug 1, 2018 | 8 min read
Across the US, laboratories are finding creative ways to minimize the amount of plastic they throw away.  
Organic Fertilizers Rife With Microplastics: Study
Shawna Williams | Apr 4, 2018 | 2 min read
Converting biowaste to plant food is an overlooked source of tiny plastic pollutants, researchers say.
Opinion: Use Pollution Models to Support Stream Sampling
Jacelyn Rice and Paul Westerhoff | Jul 11, 2017 | 3 min read
Modeling gives insight to the critical role of streamflow conditions when assessing the concentrations of endocrine disrupting compounds.  
Preclinical Studies Don't Regularly Adhere to Best Practices
Kerry Grens | May 8, 2017 | 4 min read
Animal experiments published in a handful of cardiovascular journals mostly ignore NIH guidelines.
Eco-friendly Flush
Jef Akst | Aug 17, 2012 | 2 min read
A solar-powered toilet that converts human waste into electricity snags first place—and $100,000—at the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.
Fish Hurt by Drug Waste
Jef Akst | Aug 16, 2011 | 2 min read
Waste from pharmaceutical factories is finding its way to the world’s waterways, and affecting the sexual attributes of local fish.
Biodegradables not environmentally friendly
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 2, 2011 | 1 min read
The breakdown of landfill trash by microorganisms may cause significant harm to the environment through the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, researchers at North Carolina State University claim.
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