Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Mutant enzymes, an unseen film by a French New Wave icon, design-forward campers and more

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 …

An Affordable At-Home Record-Cutting Machine

Designed by Pentagram’s Yuri Suzuki, the Easy Record Maker can capture audio from any source (connected by an aux cord or USB) and cut it onto five-inch 33 or 45 records. Right now, Japanese publisher and toymaker Gakken produces the machines, which retail for approximately $80 USD. The kit comes with 10 blank records and everything needed to create and play your signature recordings. “Vinyl …

Sony Resumes Vinyl Production After 28-Year Hiatus

This year global revenue from vinyl sales is expected to reach $1 billion. Renewed interest in the format—once thought dead—stems from nostalgia, a more tactile product and that old-fashioned retail experience. Sony Music, one of the three globe-dominating record companies, plans to relaunch their vinyl pressing by March 2018. This will commence in their Tokyo set-up, though it’s not clear whether they’ll be producing from …