Madaras Liz, Lévay Krisztina
...that two Hungarian biochemists have come up with a method for combatting the pollution caused by disposable plastic waste?
After some two years of research in their own Budapest laboratory, Madaras Liz, in charge of management, and Lévay Krisztina who directs technological development, have developed a bacterial cocktail that can break down any single-use disposable plastic in 7 weeks! They call their biotech startup Poliloop, and are beginning to start industrial testing. As they explain on their website:
”We created a bacterial cocktail that together consumes plastic packaging waste. They can use the carbon in plastic as a sole carbon source, integrating it into their metabolism. The process is akin to the way organic waste is consumed in composting piles, but the raw materials here are fossil-based. What our bacteria have achieved is turning what was once a fossil-based product (plastic packaging) into what it originally was, millions of years ago, part of the natural ecosystem of Earth.”
The process does not require any prior chemical treatment, processing or major cleaning, and no harmful substances are released. The final product is recyclable organic sludge and compost, which can be used to produce bioplastics again.
... that seven-year-old Jagnesák Benett from Budapest (Pestszentlőrinc) is the first Hungarian to become an international mental arithmetic champion in Dubai?
Benett was only two years old when, instead of asking for storybooks, he asked his father to teach him numbers.
Currently, he is taking private lessons and attends study groups. His special talent is further developing with Brainobrain educational network.
Brainobrain is a skill developing program based on Abacus calculation methods. The program was developed 17 years ago in India; now it is used in 42 countries worldwide. Since its beginning, the Abacus has helped develop the skills of over 400,000 children. The origin of the Abacus is unknown, but it has been around for thousands of years. It is an oblong frame that has rows of wires on which different color beads slide. It can be used for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square root, and cube root.
Brainobrain’s site explains, “By using abacus, the learning becomes faster, and more effective and the concentration, focus, memory, visualization, and imagination are increased.”
Benett was the first student from Hungary to enter the highest-level champion category.
Congratulations to Jagnesák Benett for his great success.