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Smart Kid Invents Amazing Way of Recycling Styrofoam

This kid just solved two global problems with one solution.

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Aside from plastic pollution, the world also has a big problem when it comes to styrofoam – those ubiquitous materials often used as disposable coffee cups, coolers, or as protective packaging cushion for appliances and others.

Suffice it to say that styrofoam is considered an environmental hazard since they create a lot of waste. In California, for example, only 1% of styrofoam is being recycyled, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Fortunately, one boy is doing something about the problem.

Source: TED

Meet young inventor Ashton Cofer who, along with his team of three other students, have found a better way to recycle styrofoam.

First and foremost, recycling styrofoam is often considered too expensive compared with recycling plastic, for example. On top of that, there is always the risk of potential contamination that’s why styrofoam recycling is not as widely done.

Thanks to Ashton and his team, that may soon change.

Ashton shared in his TED talk:

“My team hypothesized that we could use the carbon that is already in styrofoam to create activated carbon, which is used in almost every water filter today.”

He further explained:

“Activated carbon works by using very small micropores to filter out contaminants from water or even air.”

By his own admission, it was a series of trial-and-error but the good thing was the team never gave up.

As Ashton enthusiastically said about their discovery:

“With the right temperatures, times, and chemicals, we finally got that successful test result showing us that we had created activated activated carbon from styrofoam waste.”

So yes, through this award-winning project, these brilliant kids were able to reduce styrofoam waste and create activated carbon for purifying water, “solving two global problems with just one solution,” he remarked.

Watch Ashton Cofer’s full TED speech here:

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Facebook Will Soon Allow Users To Delete Sent Messages Within 10 Minutes

This will save you from epic embarrassment!

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Ever experienced that awful moment when you suddenly realized that you’ve mistakenly sent the wrong message to a wrong person on Facebook Messenger? That can be really awkward (or even extremely humiliating) especially if the message is supposed to be confidential.

Well thanks to an upcoming update, you just might be able to save yourself from epic embarrassment. According to reports, Facebook Messenger will soon give its users the option to delete sent messages for up to 10 minutes after the said message has originally been sent.

Sounds like a lifesaver, you say? Well read on and learn more about this awesome update.

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We Are The “Last Generation” Who Can Save Nature, Warns WWF

“We cannot continue with business as usual,” according to experts.

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By now it's already common knowledge to everyone that our planet is in a very terrible shape. Pollution still remains a serious concern in many countries and climate change has been causing intense weather conditions across the globe. It's sad and disturbing but it's the reality that we have to live with.

Recently, experts have even specified recycling isn't exactly the best solution to end the problem, especially since single-use plastics are causing more harm than good.

Further raising the stakes, World Wildlife Fund is now warning the world that we are actually the "last generation" who can save nature.

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Scientists Confirm Two New ‘Dust Moons’ Orbiting Earth

The Kordylewski clouds have been around since the 1960s!

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Have you ever wondered if we truly are alone in the universe? Although aliens can't be confirmed just yet, we now know that our moon has some new companions. Scientists have just confirmed the existence of two "dust moons" that are orbiting our planet.

A team of Hungarian astronomers and physicists have officially confirmed the strange clouds of dust that can be found around 400,000 kilometers from Earth. The two satellites were only recently photographed although they have already been spotted back in the 1960s.

The binary suns of the planet Tatooine in 'Star Wars'.

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