A Machine That Turns Plastic Trash Back into Oil

We're getting closer to a Back to the Future-style Mr. Fusion machine. Akinori Ito, of the Blest Corporation, has made a gizmo that turns plastic trash back into oil.


Now clearly, we want to reduce the amount of fossil fuels we burn. The energy reclaimed form this plastic isn't clean. It still releases carbon. (In fact, in a perverse sort of way, making plastic can be thought of as carbon sequestration.)

But we are stuck with a certain need for oil in the short term, and this machine could provide a much more resource-efficient way of getting it (while reducing our mounting piles of plastic trash) than drilling in the ocean or elsewhere.

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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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