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helping hand to our microbiological cousins to incorporate plastic into the biome
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An engineered solution to cut, chop up, hash plastic with the surface area and shape for colonization ( for some reason I was thinking colon-isation ). The idea goes like this, if the shape is such that bacteria want to form colonies on then possibly, out of evolution's magic dresser, there might be some cracking enzymes fit for purpose. The better the shape the more colonies and the greater the possible mutational combinatorial outcome.

I am thinking that if a surface can be engineered that can be disliked by colonies then the corollary is possible.

Seeing wasted plastic bits as a very stored energy resource might be the way to go.

wjt, Feb 16 2018

Brompton Bicycle https://en.wikipedi...ki/Brompton_Bicycle
A shorter cycle, particularly when folded. [8th of 7, Feb 17 2018]


       "Mutational combinatorial outcome" sounds ominous." +
RayfordSteele, Feb 17 2018

       It will probably happen anyway at a extended time frame.
wjt, Feb 17 2018

       //Seeing wasted plastic bits as a very stored energy resource// By far the most effective way to recycle plastic is to burn it for power generation. It has more or less the same energy density as oil and, with the right design, can be burned as cleanly as oil. This makes much more sense - environmentally - than trying to recycle umpteen different types of plastic to make more low-grade plastic, whilst burning perfectly good oil for power.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 17 2018

       But the way I see it, the oil was food stock for the bacteria anyway. We are, by burning fuel stocks, just shorting the cycles.
wjt, Feb 17 2018

       What, like a Brompton folder or something ? <link>
8th of 7, Feb 17 2018

       Nah, that's short sir-cussing cycles. Penny-furthering would be the cycle pathway.
wjt, Feb 17 2018

       //cracking enzymes//   

       I trust we're combining the "fractional distillation" and "Wallace & Gromit" senses of "cracking"?
pertinax, Feb 18 2018

       "Mmmmmm .... spot of amylase, Gromit ?"
8th of 7, Feb 18 2018

       //burn it for power generation//   

       Sometimes I wonder what will happen if bacteria ever evolve to take advantage of this energy source. Once they've finished off the North Pacific Gyre, it surely won't be long before they start eating all our stuff.
Wrongfellow, Feb 18 2018

       By that time, we have moved on to printing diamond, or any rock to hand.
wjt, Feb 18 2018

       "Mmmmmm .... spot of amethyst, Gromit ?"
8th of 7, Feb 18 2018


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