Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stand University used machine learning – a form of artificial intelligence – to prune away the least likely reaction paths, so they can concentrate their analysis on the few that remain and save a lot of time and effort.
[Conventional] methods for breaking down polyethylene, which use corrosives like nitric acid or certain bacteria, take months to work. By contrast, 100 wax worms can biodegrade 92 milligrams of polyethylene in a mere 12 hours.
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