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new uses for your old ipad

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Here are some thoughts on why you can stick to your iPad 2 for the time being and not hurry to buy the new iPad immediately.Now that the third generation new iPad is here, it definitely makes the iPad 2 look clumsy. After all, the new iPad has almost double the amount the RAM, an improved processor, a visually dynamic retina display and twice the screen resolution. No doubt the iPad 2 is out of show. But is it really? Although a step older, the iPad 2 is still one of the best media-consumption devices in the market. It still has a considerable amount of processing power for your applications. It still has great functions. Here are some tasks for which iPad was created in the first place:Reading Your Books: You can read all your books and your comics, too. Comics on iPad are great; retina display or not.Listening to Your Songs: You don’t really need a retina display to listen to your songs, do you?Watching Videos: HD videos can surely benefit from a retina display, but seriously, are y…

your amazing ‘pi’ day

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solving the world’s plastic problem

A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR). As part of the university’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory educational program, designed to engage undergraduate students in discovery-based research, the group searched for plants and cultured the micro-organisms within their tissue.Several active organisms were identified, including two distinct isolates of Pestalotiopsis microspora with the ability to efficiently degrade and utilize PUR as the sole carbon source when grown anaerobically, a unique observation among reported PUR biodegradation activities.Polyurethane is a big part of our mounting waste problem and this is a new possible solution for managing it. The fungi can survive on polyurethane alone and is uniquely able to do so in an oxygen-free environment. The Yale University team has published their findings in the article Biodegradation of Polyester Po…