Researchers Engineer an Enzyme that Eats Plastic Waste

Following similar developments in England and France, a team of scientists at The University of Texas at Austin created an enzyme variant that breaks down plastic with the potential to eliminate billions of tons of landfill. The enzyme—dubbed FAST-PETase—targets polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a polymer found in consumer packaging that makes up 12% of global waste. Researchers used a machine learning model to generate mutations of a …

Vegesentials

Earthy goodness packed into delicious veggie-based drinks

by Andrea DiCenzo The days of V8 dominating the vegetable juice arena with their tomato-based blends are over. Vegesentials—a new UK-based line of drinks—will have you thirsting for beets before you know it with their deliciously balanced concoctions like Carrot, Orange & Parsnip or Beetroot, Kiwi & Carrot. After sampling Vegesentials at a Whole Foods in London’s Stoke-Newington neighborhood, we decided we needed to try …