Environment Scientists have invented a wild way to remove plastic pollution from our oceans with egg whites: ‘99% efficiency’

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Egg whites are great for building muscle and lowering cholesterol, but it turns out that they have benefits far beyond the kitchen.

Researchers at Princeton Engineering last year found a way to turn your breakfast food into a new material that can cheaply remove microplastics from our oceans.

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that result from both commercial product development and the breakdown of larger plastics. They can find their way into our food and water, causing a variety of health problems. They’re also everywhere — it’s estimated that there are more than 24 trillion pieces in our oceans.

Using regular, store-bought egg whites, the team at Princeton created an aerogel, which is a lightweight material that can be used for water filtration, energy storage, and thermal insulation. The idea for this process came during lunch, as Craig Arnold, the vice dean of innovation at Princeton, was eating a sandwich.

“I was sitting there, staring at the bread in my sandwich. And I thought to myself, ‘This is exactly the kind of structure that we need,’” Arnold told Phys.org.

 
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    Ohhh, I just came back from the airport. I'm so sorry. I was completely off grid since I left to Taiwan.
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    Here's what happened. The earthquake happened while I was high above Hawaii.
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    After landing, I got news that a big earthquake struck. Since I'm only there in Taiwan for a week, I figured the best option I have is to make sure my family is safe, and that we are all good to go from there.
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    I didn't get any phone service plans because I am mainly visiting my family and staying indoors. Well, the earthquake made me forgot to go get phone service.
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    And then a few days later, just north from my family, there was a giant plastic industrial complex that caught on fire, with the blaze burning for 1.5 days.
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    There was some air pollution and smog outside.
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    We did our Ching Ming Festival indoors with my father's family side, and occassionally traveling down southward to visit some farmlands, and paying a visit to my grandmother and my uncle on my mother's side.
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    The whole trip was quite hectic, with occasional afterquakes throughout the week. This whole time, I completely forgot about giving updates on TH. :p Again, sorry for the lack of communications.
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    As for Github, I often frequent there, boasting about my genetic algorithm for tools-assisted speedrunning and such. I'm also pretty active on Discord, with my tag @asperatology.
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    Yeah, the whole earthquake + air pollution combo made me completely forget about bringing updates. I'll be sure to keep on top of things after all things are less requiring my attentions.
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    I am just glad that you are OK Tom! Thank you for the update!
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    Glad to hear you're okay! I only knew about your Github cuz I tried to follow some of you when I was learning how to program, but didn't understand any of it so kind of quit paying attention to what anyone does on it
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    Freaking storm outside is kicking!
  • Blackveiled Blackveiled:
    I wouldn't know, I'm in Joliet, Illinois right now working. I left Houston area about 2 weeks ago lol
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    Not permanently of course, just a temporary job.
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    Glad you're ok @tom_mai78101
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    @Blackveiled you know another word for permanent? temporary
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    Briefly, he'll only be there for the interim. Like a stopgap of sorts, he'll be back home in short time
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    Hurray! Tom has reappeared!
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    Happy Thursday!
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    Yep. Just another fun night at work.

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