Plastics: by 2050 oceans will contain more weight of plastics than fish | Photo: Bledowski/BigStockPhoto

A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation concluded that by 2050 oceans will contain more weight of plastics than fish.

"The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics" is the result of a three-year study of the powerful global plastic industry. In the next 20 years, the use of plastics will double.

Researchers believe that by 2050 the entire plastics industry will consume 20 percent of the world's oil production and 15 percent of the annual carbon budget.

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IrukaTact: the portable sonar for floods and tsunamis

Researchers at the Tsukuba University in Japan have developed a sonar glove that allows swimmers or post-tsunami rescue teams to "see" with their fingers in murky waters.

Aisen Chacin and Takeshi Oozu created a very special DIY kit. IrukaTact is a portable underwater sonar system that, when used as a glove, will tell users they're approaching objects or other solid materials.

The PhD duo believes that their 3D-printed sonar can play a crucial role during flood searches. IrukaTact - a blend of the words "iruka" ( the Japanese word for "dolphin") and "tactile" - features small water jets that will help you feel and find anything up to two feet away.

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John Beeden: the first to complete a non-stop solo row across the Pacific | Photo: solopacificrow.com

Terra Firma. John Beeden has successfully completed the 6,100-nautical mile (11,297 kilometers) non-stop solo row across the Pacific between the United States and Australia.

After 209 days at sea, the British rower can finally rest. John Beeden, 53, kicked off his journey in San Francisco on June 1st, 2015, and concluded the intense sailing marathon in Cairns, on the 27th December.

"To be the first person to achieve something on this scale is incredible. I haven't processed it yet. I thought I was going to be here mid-October, and it was going to be hard work but just like the Atlantic – it wasn't going to try to kill me, but it tried a few times," explained Beeden.

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