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This 19-Year Old Has A Plan To Clean Up Half of The Pacific Garbage Patch In 10 Years (Video)

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, off the western coast of the United States, lies the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

It’s tough to say exactly how widespread the island of plastic is; estimates range from 270,000 square miles (slightly larger than Texas), up to 15,000,000 square miles (twice the size of the United States).

An estimation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Click to enlarge

Its real size is probably somewhere in the middle, but even at the lowest estimates, the island is massive and only continues to grow every day.

Enter Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old entrepreneur and conservationist from the Netherlands. Boyan has come up with a simple yet ingenious way to clean up half of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 10 years, using the ocean’s currents to his advantage. Check out the video below to learn more about it.

Slat claims that half of the garbage patch will be equal to 70 million kilograms of plastic- that’s more than 77,000 tons.

These plastics could be used in a number of ways- we recently reported on the world’s first waste-to-biofuel facility, which converts even non-recyclable plastics into methanol, a useful building block for chemicals and a component of many gasoline blends today.

Slat first publicized his idea at a TEDx conference in his home town of Delft in the Netherlands. You can watch it below to learn more about the details of his plan.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is only one of five trash patches around the world. These patches form in gyres, which are basically massive vortexes that form as a result of ocean currents and prevailing winds.

All the floating trash that ends up in our waterways will eventually end up in one of these gyres.

The five gyres. Click to enlarge (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
The five gyres. Click to enlarge (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

If Boyan’s idea proves successful, we could use it worldwide to battle these ever-growing trash islands, while simultaneously turning this trash back into biofuels.

Boyan was recently named one of Intel’s 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide. Check out the homepage of his company The Ocean Clean Up.

If you’re curious, here’s a great graphic that shows how long it takes for various pieces of garbage to decompose in the ocean. Click the image to see the full size version.

Man Vs. Machine – The World’s Best Robotic Soccer Goalie Vs. Lionel Messi (Video)

Engineers from Japan set out to build the world’s best robotic soccer goalie and they just might have succeeded. The goalie has a built-in motion-sensing device and it can ball hawk like crazy.

So what do you do when you design a functioning robotic goalkeeper that is surprisingly effective? Well after crushing all local competition, you challenge the world’s best soccer player to see just how good your machine really is!

Lionel Messi has been arguably the world’s best soccer player for the last few years now. Just check out the picture of him below hanging out with his four FIFA player of the year awards.

Lionel Messi with his Player of the Year Awards (2009-2012)

Messi, the star of Argentina’s national team and a starter for the world-renowned club FC Barcelona, was put to the test in a battle (hosted by a Japanese game show) against the robotic goalie.

Check out the video below to see Man (Messi) vs. Machine (Robotic Goalie) in a glorious soccer battle…

In the video you can see the Messi triumph over the robotic goalie, but only just barely. It took shots at speeds of up to 133km/hr (~83 mph) to even challenge the robotic goalie.

The robotic goalie’s potential is far from maxed out. With a little tuning up by the Japanese engineers behind the project, like improving its reaction time and making its arms slightly longer, the robot could soon be unbeatable.

Sorry Messi, enjoy your small victory while you can.

“Angry Messi”

NSA Spying Fallout Could Cost US Tech Industry $35 Billion In Sales

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a policy research group based in Washington. Its board includes representatives of large tech companies such as IBM and Intel. According to the ITIF, the US could lose up to $35 billion dollars in sales as a result of lack of confidence in the security and privacy of any American-made technology.

Cisco Systems, the world’s largest maker of computer-networking equipment, lost 18% of its orders in China in the three months following Edward Snowden’s disclosure of the extent NSA’s spying program. Cisco said that the disclosures have been causing hesitation from a lot of potential customers, especially in emerging markets.

Read the full story here.