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  1.  (2399.1)
    Meet Danny Burd.

    He just solved our global litter problem.
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      CommentAuthorWaxPoetic
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
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    Simple. Cool. Straightforward. Awesome.

    I wonder what the bacteria are like after all that plastic eating.
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      CommentAuthorMonk.Eastman
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008 edited
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    WaxPoetic
    I wonder what the bacteria are like after all that plastic eating.

    I believe they transform into Republicans.
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      CommentAuthorCaz_Nova
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
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    Well done. I hope he finds himself with more interesting environmental solutions as well.
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    Fantastic work. Makes me wonder WHY this train of thought has never been followed as it has been a problem for a while now...
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
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    This train of thought has been followed in a lot of SF, when the plastic eating bacteria eats every last artificial polymer on earth.

    I will weep for all the polyester leisure suits when that happens.
    • CommentAuthorSRT
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
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    I just bring my own cloth bag when I go to the grocery store.

    But this works too. Actually, it's very cool that he figured that out in his own home -- I wish I had that kind of initiative, to say nothing of my knowledge of science.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
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    This is more in response to what Joe Paoli said - What happens when it gets free and does eat most of the plastic in the world?
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    that's fantastic. i hope the kid takes out all the right patents and whatnot in order that his idea isn't stolen from underneath him!
  4.  (2399.10)
    Good point Joe! At least we'll be plastics free...
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
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    @RenThing - High Comedy?
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    Clearly the main consequence of this will be a riveting sequel to The Andromeda Strain.
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008 edited
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    @synthsapien
    Good point Joe! At least we'll be plastics free...
    They'll probably switch back to paper...

    But the leisure suits, man! The leisure suits!
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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
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    The unintended consequences could be interesting, but seriously, science is awesome.
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    The thing is, these bugs already occur in nature - after all, all he did to find them was leave a petri dish lying about. So they can't "get loose" as it were: they're already out there, eating plastic bags. Just really slowly, and in small numbers. What he's done is increase the concentration of the little buggers to useful levels.
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    I heartily approve of this mad science.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008
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    Now he needs to find a way to harvest the bacteria to feed the starving.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008
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    @pi8you

    Definitely, depending on how fast the virus works.
    • CommentAuthordoublewulf
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008
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    Waitaminute...yeast, bacteria, water...can you ferment the results? Move over bathtub gin, here comes baggy-beer.
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    Industri-ale, wulf?
    Maybe plastic b-lager?

    I dare somebody to make a vodka pun. Can't be done, I say.