Fluorescent dye helps identify microplastics in ocean water

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The footprint of plastic has been a popular topic of late, with celebrities and TV shows choosing it as a focus of conversation. Scientists predict only 1 percent of plastic waste dumped in the ocean has been found, but new research by the University of Warwick may have found a way to find the missing 99 percent. Researchers have found that using a fluorescent dye can help identify fragments of microplastics as small as 20 micrometres, which is comparable to the width of a human hair. The dye binds plastic particles, making them easily visible under a fluorescence microscope. This…

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