Thursday, September 23, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Human exposure to microplastics is a possible health concern, but little is known about its extent.
In a small study, researchers from New York University School of Medicine discovered that infants have 10 to 20 times higher microplastic concentrations in their stool than adults, specifically when it comes to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) microplastics. These are used mainly in the production of textile fibres, water bottles and mobile phone cases, for example.
By analysing the faeces of six infants and 10 adults, and three newborns’ first stool, through a method called mass spectrometry, Kannan and his team looked into human exposure to two common microplastics – PET and polycarbonate (PC). Every sample had at least one type of microplastic in it.
The level of PC microplastics were roughly the same in adults and infants, but infants had 10 to 20 times higher levels of PET microplastics.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
People walk past the artist Danger Dave’s sculpture Damien Hirst Looking for Sharks at the Swell sculpture festival on the Gold Coast. It is the largest outdoor art exhibition in Queensland and features 65 large-scale contemporary sculptures. Photo by Darren England/EPA
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Introducing you to your newest baby cousin, conceived and born during the pandemic, who someday you may even get to meet in person.