Tiny fish-shaped robot ‘swims’ around picking up microplastics – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Microplastics are found almost everywhere on Earth and can be harmful to animals if they are ingested. But it’s hard to remove such tiny particles from the environment, especially once they settle into nooks and crannies at the bottom of waterways. Now, researchers in ACS ‘ Nano Letters have created a light-activated fish robot that … Read more

Microplastics Can Carry Parasites to Ocean, Affecting Wildlife and Human Health

A. piece of microplastic fiber is shown under a microscope with biofilm (fuzzy blue) and T. gondii (blue dot) and giardia (green dot) pathogens. Credit: Karen Shapiro, UC Davis Pathogens Can Hitch a Ride on Plastic To Reach the Sea According to a new study by the University of California, Davis, microplastics are a pathway … Read more

Microplastics found in living blood and lung tissue

In the 1950s, the world produced about 1.5 million tons of plastic annually. By 2017, that number exponentially increased to over 300 million tons. Plastic is often found in food packaging, cleaning products, vehicles, and even construction because of its versatility and durability as a material. However, the way we use plastic is not sustainable … Read more

Tiny micro-plastics huge environmental problem for rivers, ocean, researchers say

If the plastic food container that contained your lunch today winds up in a river, a local creek, or the Atlantic Ocean, 60 years from now people could find it, reasonably intact. The rest of the container will have degraded into micro-plastics – teeny particles that are visible only under a microscope. Fish or shrimp … Read more

Microplastics Have Now Been Found in The Deepest Part of The Human Lungs

The term ‘microplastic’ was coined just 18 years ago, but already they seem to be just about everywhere. Each year, the average human consumes an estimated 74,000 plastic particles with unknown health effects. In March of this year, scientists announced they’d found microplastics flowing through our very veins. Turns out, they’re also circulating at low … Read more

Earthworms show how bioplastics turn into microplastics

In 2018, 27 million tons of plastic were dumped into American landfills. A majority of this waste was containers and packaging: bags, sacks, or bottles. Yet even when sustainable-minded consumers try to avoid plastic packaging while shopping for necessities, it can prove difficult. Bioplastics have been touted as a potential remedy to the problem of … Read more

Scientists find microplastics in blood for first time

Microplastics had already been spotted in oceans, air and food — now researchers have found it in human blood. Scientists have discovered microplastics in human blood for the first time, warning that the ubiquitous particles could also be making their way into organs. The tiny pieces of mostly invisible plastic have already been found almost … Read more

It’s Official, Microplastics Were Found Circulating in Human Blood For The First Time

Many of us have plastic dust flowing through our veins. The results of the latest study looking for microplastic pollutants in human tissues shouldn’t come as a surprise by now. Virtually no place on Earth is free of the polymer fog, after all, from the highest of mountains down to our most intimate organs. Yet … Read more

Oops! Scientists May Be Contaminating Their Own Samples With Microplastics

Collecting water samples from the Hudson River. Credit: Adam Steckley More than 70% of microplastics found in samples from oceans and rivers could come from the scientists collecting them. Are scientists contaminating their own samples? Study shows we may be emitting clouds of microfibers. A paper by Staffordshire University and Rozalia Project, published in Marine … Read more