Grind for November 5th, 2018
“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
New bacteria offers environmental and financial benefits
A Canadian startup called Genecis claims it has developed a type of bacteria that eats food waste and produces biodegradable (and usable) plastic.
The potential here is massive.
The process will help clean up key sources of pollution and reduce methane emissions while creating biodegrade materials we can use.
According to Genecis, the bacteria eat organic materials and poop out polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a type of plastic we use in things that need to dissolve quickly (like stitches).
The process could significantly reduce methane emissions from landfills while allowing Genecis to produce PHA for about 40% less cost.
In other words, it could change the world. And it could make Genecis really, really rich.
Why you need to vote in the midterm elections
So many people I know refuse to vote in local and national elections because they think their vote doesn’t matter.
Here’s why voting matters:
In a democracy, the government is supposed to represent the people (that’s why we elect our congressmen and president). And the only way we can tell the government what we want is to vote.
This year, voters will elect 35 senators, 435 representatives, and 36 state governors. The decisions we make next week will determine the course of key issues like:
— LGBTQ rights
— Economic growth
— Climate change policy
— Redrawing of congressional districts
Getting to the polls next week might be a hassle, but just remember – the men and women we elect this month will shape the future of life in the US as we know it for generations to come. And your opinion matters.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
Did you know… Clocks made before 1660 had only one hand – an hour hand.