Mutant Enzyme Breaks Down Plastic in Hours

New research published by French scientists in the journal Nature addresses their discovery and manipulation of a mutant bacterial enzyme that can break down PET plastic into raw materials in a matter of hours. After optimization experiments, Carbios (the organization behind the discovery) broke down one metric ton of waste by 90% in 10 hours. Their scientists then used that material to create new premium plastic …

Behind the Scenes at California’s Organic Cowgirl Creamery

Dedication to local ingredients, experimentation, tradition and science provides the foundation for this beloved brand

Encased in a white bloomy rind, Cowgirl Creamery’s signature, triple-cream Mt Tam on a Rustic Bakery cracker with a dab of Jamnation‘s seville orange marmalade is more than the perfect mouthful, it’s also a taste of Northern California. Pairings with neighboring collaborators (be it bakeries, farmers, winemakers and beer-brewers) have always been integral to the mission of Cowgirl founders Sue Conley and Peggy Smith and …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Celebrating trans love, the return of a design icon, maps from the mind, ancient inventions gain new life and more

GLAAD’s #TransLoveStories Portraits for Transgender Day of Visibility 31 March marked the 10th annual Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), observed worldwide to celebrate trans people everywhere. Representation is vital, always, and especially when it portrays trans individuals finding and sharing love. To honor the occasion, GLAAD is highlighting relationships in the trans community through their #TransLoveStories campaign. NYC-based photographer Landyn Pan captured tender moments through …