Courtesy photka via AdobeStock

Courtesy photka via AdobeStock

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth in England have inadvertently engineered an enzyme capable of digesting polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic. The discovery came about when the research team was looking into how the naturally occurring enzyme PETase functions when “they inadvertently engineered an enzyme that is even better at degrading the plastic than the one that evolved in nature.” [University of Portsmouth]

eVolo Magazine has named the three winners of its annual 2018 Skyscraper Competition. Selected from a total of 526 submissions, the award recognizes “outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution,” according to the competition brief. [ARCHITECT]

Panasonic marks its 100-year anniversary at the 2018 Salone del Mobile in Milan with Transitions, an installation shaped like a water drop that functions as a giant air purifier. The dome cleans the air in it “by utilizing the combination of [Panasonic’s] proprietary technologies: Nanoe X air purification ionization technology, and ‘silky fine mist’ another proprietary technology which micronizes water with high pressured air.” [ARCHITECT]