‘Scientists accidentally produce an enzyme that devours plastic’

The Guardian:

Professor John McGeehan, who led the research from the University of Portsmouth, said the discovery was “a bit of a shock,” but that it could have a significant impact on the mounting global plastics problem. PET bottles that are currently recycled can only be turned into fibers for clothing and carpets. The mutant enzyme could be used to turn plastic back into its original components. “It means we won’t need to dig up any more oil and, fundamentally, it should reduce the amount of plastic in the environment,” said McGeehan.

Da’s toch zot, dat ze zoiets per ongeluk vinden?

‘Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy’

Interessant stuk bij Fast Company over Apple’s inzet voor groene energie. Ze interviewden daarvoor Lisa Jackson, bekend van de Obama administratie, die het project overziet:

Jackson explains that Apple prefers to buy power from renewable energy projects where the company played some role–by either investing capital up front or committing to buying the power produced there for a long time, sometimes decades.

Fascinerend hoe Apple beducht is voor enige “greenwashing” en dus niet met energiecertificaten wil werken, maar echt lokaal aan de slag wil. En ze beperken zich niet enkel tot de eigen winkel, maar leiden ook toeleveranciers naar een overslag:

In 2015, Apple started a program to move suppliers toward green energy. Last year, 14 such companies pledged to work toward running the parts of their operations that serve Apple on 100% renewable energy. Today, Apple announced that another nine of its suppliers have promised to reach this goal.

WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook

The Washington Post:

The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent, Facebook, over the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption, according to people familiar with internal discussions.

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‘The Hardest Job in the World’

John Dickerson, politiek journalist voor The Atlantic, gaat in op de job van de Amerikaanse president. Een interessante historische schets over een uit haar voegen gebarsten takenpakket dat aan herziening toe is:

We are a president-obsessed nation, so much so that we undermine the very idea of our constitutional democracy. No one man—or woman—can possibly represent the varied, competing interests of 327 million citizens. And it may be that no man—or woman—can perform the ever-expanding duties of office while managing an executive branch of 2 million employees (not including the armed forces) charged with everything from regulating air pollution to x-raying passengers before they board an airplane.

Wat ook herkenbaar is andere politieke entiteiten die jarenlang bestaan:

At times, an opportunity to get a quick win has to be put off for a later, bigger victory. Focusing on short-term success might please the pundits, but it keeps an administration from doing the hard, obscure, boring work needed to address looming national problems that will be too big to tackle once they become emergencies—the shrinking middle class, the changing climate, the rising health-care costs straining the federal budget. Even the most above-it-all president is continuously tempted to privilege the small over the big and the now over the future.

De Rudi en Freddie Show – Deze topadvocaat daagt Shell voor de rechter

Ik geniet al heel lang van De Rudi en Freddie Show, de podcast van twee journalisten van De Correspondent. In deze aflevering is Roger Cox te gast, een advocaat die het opneemt tegen één van de machtigste bedrijven ter wereld. Hij bouwt zijn argumenten op en legt uit wat de juridische procedures inhouden. Helder, duidelijk en gewoon een ferm verhaal.