Science…


#701

Sorry, I am a liberal party member, what is this science thing of which you speak?


#702

You are not! You’re an evangelical Christian. Not that it helps you believe in science.


#703

and a small l, at that


#704

Yes, I wonder the same thing. Hence my use of the word “imply”. Since we’re only talking about an enzyme I’m guessing they’re growing the stuff with the addition of something.


#705

Read up on the biochemical activity of bacteria. Probably does produce an enzyme and uses PET as the energy source for a reaction, that breaks down the chemical bonds. Maybe they just add sugar !


#706

from the paper

enzyme dubbed PETase (PET-digesting enzyme) converts PET to mono(2-hydroxyethyl) terephthalic acid (MHET), with trace amounts of terephthalic acid (TPA) and bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-TPA as secondary products. A second enzyme, MHETase (MHET-digesting enzyme), further converts MHET into the two monomers, TPA and ethylene glycol (EG).

and if you want to read it all, here is the link to paper


#707

That’s easy for you to say, Doe


#708

Shows how many evangelical Christians you know.


#709

Probably only me? :wink:

sorry, couldn’t resist


#710

It’s the research into clean coal


#711

Considering i hold all evangelical Christians in complete contempt, but you were probably aware of that.


#712

makes sense

Scientists have solved a “longstanding mystery”, confirming Uranus smells bad.

They discovered hydrogen sulphide gas — also known as rotten egg gas — swirling in the planet’s cloud tops.

“If an unfortunate human were ever to descend through Uranus’s clouds, they would be met with very unpleasant and odiferous conditions,” lead author of a study, published in Nature Astronomy, Professor Patrick Irwin said in a statement.

The composition of Uranus’s clouds, and whether their main component was hydrogen sulphide or ammonia, has long been debated.

The scientists found the answer by looking at Uranus through an eight-metre-diametre telescope at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, and spotted the noxious gas swirling above its clouds.

But Professor Irwin noted Uranus’s bad smell would be far from the biggest concern for a human visitor.

“Suffocation and exposure in the minus-200-degrees-Celsius atmosphere — made of mostly hydrogen, helium and methane — would take its toll long before the smell,” Professor Irwin said.

Findings ‘shed light on planets’ formation’

In contrast, no hydrogen sulphide was seen above the clouds of inner gas giant planets Jupiter and Saturn.

Instead, most of their upper-clouds were made of ammonia ice.

The Gemini Observatory said the planets’ differences in atmospheric composition “shed light on questions about the planets’ formation and history”.

The differences were likely imprinted in their early history, determined by the conditions where they formed, study co-author Dr Leigh Fletcher said.

“This composition information is invaluable in understanding Uranus’ birthplace, evolution and refining models of planetary migrations,” the Gemini Observatory said.


#713

Worth quoting at least two more times.


#714

Insert (giggle) futurama joke here.


#715

It’s also a gas giant.


#716

The new doco on Nat Geo called One Strange Rock is pretty good.

Don’t be put off by Will Smith as host. He does the in between narrating. Scientists and Astronauts do most of the explaining.


#717

Is it American?


#718

Of course.

I was already put off by the ads for it.


#719

I can’t watch them anymore. They think I’m 12.


#720

Every 10 minute segment between 5 minutes of ads gives you 5 minutes of recapping the previous 10 minutes.

They must think everyone has Alzheimers.