Scientists create an enzyme that can recycle plastic bottles in a matter of hours

first_imgTemperature and weather events determine how early leaves and blooms arrive each spring. The First Leaf Index and First Bloom Index are based on the leaf out and flowering of lilacs and honeysuckles, which are among the first plants to show their leaves and blooms each spring.  The enzyme was first discovered in a compost pile of leaves. The scientists that discovered the enzyme were able to use it to break down a ton of plastic bottles in 10 hours, and then turn the waste plastic into new food-grade plastic bottles. Need a little pick-me-up? Check out the National Zoo’s cheetah cub cam French researchers have discovered an enzyme that can break plastic bottles down into their chemical building blocks in several hours. Those chemical building blocks can then create new, high-quality plastic bottles, The Guardian reports. Traditional recycling methods usually produce low-quality plastic that can only be used in clothing and carpet. First leaves and first blooms have arrived in the Southeast this year much earlier than the long-term average (1981-2010), the USA National Phenology Network reports. In parts of the Southeast and Northwest, this year’s spring is the earliest in the 39-year record.   On Wednesday, a 5-year-old cheetah named Echo gave birth to four cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute National Zoo in Front Royal, VA. Animal care staff are leaving Echo alone to bond with her cubs and are monitoring the well-being of mother and babies via webcam. Lucky for all of us, there’s a live streaming Cheetah Cam to watch the adorable action.center_img Spring leaves arrive in the Southeast 3-4 weeks earlier than long-term average Scientists create an enzyme that can recycle plastic bottles in a matter of hours Photo of trash pick up from Getty Images “It’s thrilling and humbling to witness something as special as an animal birth,” said Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “I’m eager to watch the newborn cubs in their early days. During this extremely tumultuous and isolating time, we want the new cheetah cam and all our live animal webcams to provide much needed moments of relief and inspiration from our natural world.”  last_img read more

Olen Medical Supply in Wellington to move from current location to 107 N. Washington

first_imgMike WalkerSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Olen Medical Supply will move from the current location to 107 N. Washington in Wellington, effective June 3.Since opening in February 2010, the store has provided the Wellington area with durable medical equipment like hospital beds, wheelchairs, oxygen and CPAP equipment.  “Sumner County Family Care Center (just next door at 507 E. 16th) has had significant growth lately,” said owner Mike Walker.  “As a result, clinical personnel will move into the space we now occupy and we will be moving downtown.”Recent changes in Medicare have also affected small providers like Olen Medical in Wellington and around the country.Unless some pending legislation passes, Medicare beneficiaries in the Wellington area will be forced to use government chosen providers, some as far away as California or Florida.While the government’s term for these changes is “Competitive Bidding”, the reality is that patients in rural areas like Wellington will face reduced access to medical equipment.After July 1, 2013, Medicare patients who need CPAP, hospital beds, walkers or wheelchairs will have to contact companies who chose to participate in the bidding process.  A few of the providers have Wichita offices, while the majority has offices in states like Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois.“While we can continue to serve the Medicare patients we have, we will not be able to file new claims for Medicare clients in Sumner County after July 1,” Walker said.  “Our business is about providing equipment to keep people at home, and the federal government is launching a program in the name of cost savings that makes staying and healing at home extremely difficult for Medicare recipients.”Olen Medical is a full service dealer offering a wide range of splints and braces, CPAP equipment and supplies, and a wide range of other home medical equipment.As a licensed and bonded company with locations in Arkansas City and Wellington, Olen Medical accepts most private insurance and state health plans.  They will be open at their new location at 107 N. Washington on Monday, June 3.  For questions about their services or changes in Medicare, they can be reached at 620-359-1091 or at www.OlenMedical.com. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more