Archive for April, 2018

Japanese scientists have created an enzyme that eats away at plastic bottle waste

Could this spell the end of plastic bottle waste?

Japanese scientists have accidentally created a mutant enzyme that eats away at plastic bottles, it has been revealed. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.[Read More...]

China sets up world’s first digital dictatorship with creepy new social credit system

China sets up world’s first digital dictatorship with creepy new social credit system

China’s creepy social credit system is a dystopian high-tech model of big brother when power goes unchecked. Here’s how it works. So currently, most Chinese citizens don’t have credit scores, unlike in the UK, where they have been part of the consumer landscape for decades, led by the big credit bureaus such as Equifax and Experian. The Chinese government aims[Read More...]