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Targeted attraction


Some things try to resist detection. Like uranium residue in water.

Now, a chemistry student from Ireland has developed a system that removes microplastic from water.

At 12 years old, he discovered that oil could be used to attract plastic. Mixing plant oil with iron oxide powder he created a magnetic liquid.

After blending with microplastics and water, the plastics attached themselves to the ferrofluid, meaning they could be easily removed with a magnet.

Now 20, the young Irishman wants to develop a device that captures microplastics from running water, in water pipes for example.

If fitted to ships, a similar system could help extract plastics from our oceans.

Perhaps it’s time we trusted the younger generation a little more…

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