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Something like $3,050,000,000 worth of vibrators are sold every year — that's 60 million vibrators. After a lifetime of service, when they have given out their last little buzz, where do they go? Into landfill. And that's a problem the world's first biodegradable vibrator hopes to solve.

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The amount of municipal waste being disposed of in the US is more than double — 262 million tonnes (metric tons) versus 122 million tonnes in 2012 — previous estimates, our new study shows. We also found that the US has plenty of space to put it all — more than 70 years' worth of space, actually.

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Biodegradable plastic, now often found in plastic bags and bottles, contains additives that are supposed to get microbes to break down tough plastic faster. But a new study from Michigan State University finds that some of these additives may actually doing, well, jack shit.