Polymer made from waste oil cleans up mercury

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Food waste has proven to be fertile ground for the creation of new products, from water filtration systems made from citrus peel to ice cream made from unsaleable produce. Now, researchers have found a way to use waste cooking oil to remove mercury from the environment. Mercury is a neurotoxin that leaches into the water from its use in the mining and fossil fuel industries and can lead to brain damage and low IQ in humans. A new United Nations convention on controlling mercury emissions, the Minamata Convention on Mercury has recently come into force, creating a market for materials…

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