More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 268,940 tons are floating in the Earth's oceans, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE. This latest estimate is based on models of floating plastics data gathered from a series of 680 surface net tows and 891 visual surveys from oceans around the world.
In the mid-twentieth century, back when colonizing the solar system seemed imminent, people decided to save money by building homes out of plastic. You can see the results here. Some are mind-bogglingly awesome, and some are just mind-boggling.
Plastic has become a ubiquitous part of life, though we rarely think about its impact on the environment and our health. This beautifully crafted four-minute film shows the various problems associated with plastic, along with possible solutions.
Scientists say a bizarre new type of geological structure is starting to form on the beaches of Hawaii — one that can only be described as a kind of "plastic rock."
This plastic heals itself through a process that's eerily reminiscent of blood clotting. It contains a network of capillaries that deliver healing chemicals to damaged areas. So in the future, the cracked screen of your phone could mend itself.
Tons of plastic floats in the oceans, and it's covered in microscopic life. But a new study reveals plastic-loving species that have never been seen before, and ecosystems entirely new to science. Say hello to life in the 'plastisphere.'
We usually think of fossil fuels as an energy source, but petroleum is also the raw materials used in all the world's plastics. Now leftover chicken feathers could allow us to keep using plastics in a world after oil.
"Plastics" may have been a famous punchline in The Graduate (1967), but plastic was serious stuff to French architect/artist/theorist Jean Maneval. In 1964, he designed a Bubble House ("Bulle a Six Coques") constructed of six interlocking reinforced polyester shells that could be easily transported to and set up at…
Paramount has finally allowed Hasbro to release images of the Cloverfield toy, probably thinking that they've milked almost every possible box office dollar out of the thing. But based on the new pics, it's hard to imagine anybody shelling out a hundred bucks for this thing. When you stumble of the the theater after…