• Scientists have recently discovered that certain wax worms can eat and break down one of the most common plastics (polyethylene) into organic compounds. Experts
say these common insects could help reduce plastic
pollution and heal the planet.
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    • So sad to hear about this species committing suicide next Wednesday 😔
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    • Kardashians are fucked
      Fritzor 7 aug
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    • Damn it’s unfortunate to hear they died tomorrow
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    • My wish is that one day we see past things that hold us back such as politics and parties and we just acknowledge as a whole that our planet is dying and we just take action together to do what is right. The environment shouldn’t be a party.
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    • What’s the catch though? Not to be pessimistic, but there always seems to be a downside to these kinds of things. Like, remember the bacteria that was supposed to break down plastic? Right before they started using it outside a lab they realized that it could’ve destabilized the entire ecosystem.
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    • I miss when posts like this would end with "epstein didn't kiII himself"
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    • we knew this in the 70s because they would eat a common polyethylene-propylene compound commonly used at the time on roofs, tires, pond liners, and some washers. In the 80s the pvc and polyolefin groups used it in marketing to try and promote thermoplastic materials over thermoset materials
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    • Kardashians be running
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    • I hate plastic, I just hate it, the cheap feeling, the looks of it, it’s just so bad
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    • So we’ve come to the point where we have to enslave a bunch of worms just so they can eat our garbage because we’re too lazy to switch from plastic to a different material that’s better for the environment?
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    • Dont tell big corporations that, theyll just increase their carbon footprint and tell the worms to clean the environment they fucked up.
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    • Darkling beetle larvae are know to eat styrofoam. Like so others can see.
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    • Rip Nikki Minaj
      Joel0217 7 aug
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    • Imagine you are playing with your favorite ball as a child and then one day you find a fucking worm eating it. That would scar me..
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    • Breed them fuckers
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    • And 6 years later it will never be used
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    • Let's get 'em breedin' boys!! 😂💞
      missnay 7 aug
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    • Noooooo, you have no idea how fucking hard it was for me to pollute the lands. I’m gonna have to stick to throwing car batteries in the ocean if this continues
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    • But... but i thought straws were the problem and if we just outlawed those it would be fixed.
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    • Well yeah. This has happened before. When trees first evolved nothing could break them down. That’s why we have coal and oil, it’s the leftovers of compressed ancient trees and vascular plants that nothing could decompose. But over time something evolved to consume it. Life finds a way
      TheScoot 7 aug
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    • Yeah they eat plastic but then they shit antifreeze
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    • termites can eat some plastics as well :)
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    • Just throw a shit load of them on the trash piles in the ocean and see what happens
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    • Whenever there is a problem the planet will adapt. Weather it will adapt fast enough to save us from our own pollution is the question
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    • The only issue is if they start eating plastic that isn’t garbage
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    • Most types of fungi can break down almost all types of plastic and even oil from oil spills or other pollution.
      CIA__ 7 aug
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    • With all the masks floating in the ocean they ain’t gonna do much good
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    • I've heard stories like these for decades. Never comes to fruition.
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    • Yall know the issue isn't the government and/or businesses making money off the pollution. It's the cost. How many of these worms do you need? How much is it to produce them? What's the rate they can break down? And will it cause any adverse side effects?
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    • Drop a bunch of them in on the giant plastic island in the ocean
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    • This will definitely go wrong
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    • Oop better hide the kardashians
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    • rip the kardashians
      M0chiii 7 aug
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    • Use a work as a sounding rod and reel it wiggle around in your urethra
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    • Kardashians better watch their backs lmao
      Markki 7 aug
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    • I’ve been hearing shit like this for like 5 years now
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    • There will always be a footprint from man upon the earth. Our footprint nowadays is actually pretty clean and getting cleaner. The earth does a good job of cleaning itself. There is no eminent doom
      ElGingo 7 aug
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    • Can’t we just make a machine that does whatever the fuck that bugs organs do
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    • Yeah but then mega worms will be a thing
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    • Kim Kardashian
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    • This shits amazing
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    • If only their shit wasn’t so toxic
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    • Heard about this 4 years ago
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    • This isn’t new at all. I read about this at least 5 years ago
      Bendi 7 aug
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    • Let's not solve an environmental problem by creating an ecological disaster.
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    • HURRAY!!!!
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    • After they eat all the plastic, “the worm will turn”.
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    • God had to make plastic eating worms bcse we keep making the earth uglier
      rey632 7 aug
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    • Legos are scared
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    • Boys... I have an idea for how we can rid the world of the Kartrashians. 🤔
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    • It’s weird that the planet adjusts and will out live us...
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    • Just airdrop a million of these bad boys on the pacific garbage patch
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    • Soooooo why are we NOT doing it?
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    • Trump is going to ki1ll this worm so he can continue making money off oil and plastic companies.
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    • If I see one fucking Kardashian joke
      LuaDaddy 7 aug
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    • how about condoms?
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    • Watch them go extinct soon
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    • Galleria melonella
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    • Im not daying george washington was a bad president but what was his policy on environmental conservation?
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    • What's the catch?
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    • All hail the worm!
      BiggD240 7 aug
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    • Cool
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    • This is great news. Just kind of a shame we didn't begin funding these studies much sooner.
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    • What do they poop? Plastic turds?
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    • Yea but it takes them like 6 weeks to completely break down a thumbtack sized piece of plastic. So not super efficient
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    • I saw this 5 years ago. Let’s go already
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    • Let them loose on the kardashians place
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    • Recently?? It’s been about 10 years guy
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    • To little to late
      pk1227 7 aug
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    • We fucked up so bad god had to come in and help
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    • Come play with me
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    • So y’all going throw these guys in the ocean...yeah that’s going to go real well
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    • THIS NEWS IS SO OLD WHY TF HAVENT WE DONE ANYTHING WITH THEM YET
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    • "Heal" something that isn't alive. I can't wait to terraform the earth into a planet used by a type 1 civ.
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    • R-Recently?
      DrZwicky 8 aug
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    • No they can't heal the planet so everyone just fuck off and die
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    • U need 'experts' to tell u that it can reduce plastic?
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    • Nicki Minaj is gonna try to start a defunding rally for this shit
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    • Why haven't these worms become a big deal yet? We're still just complaining.
      Kazzy101 7 aug
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    • Too bad they can't eat the big sad
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    • We are fucked either way there’s no going back now
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    • we don't need help, global warming is a myth
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    • Plastic is a form of storing CO2 so it's not in the air. If we destroy plastic, global warming gets worse.
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    • Then the lizards of earth get addicted and sluggish and stop eating mealworms, causing the beetle population to rise
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    • crunk 10 aug
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    • They weren't scientists. They were two high-school students
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    • They could also start eating up the last of our plastics and oils.
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    • If a niche gets created, eventually something will come to fill it
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    • Then fucking do it and stop publicizing it
      CacaDemon 10 aug
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    • Release the worms
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    • Science!
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    • Honestly I think we should start taking advantage of that and taking advantage of other animals too. Like low key who gives a fuck if they are sad or not
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    • What about all of the polyethylene pipes we have...
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