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by Elmar Stellnberger

90% of salt brands cotain micro-plastics

Category: general,
Source: info,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia. Plastic contamination in sea salt was highest, followed by lake salt, then rock salt. Only three of the salt brands studied did not contain any microplastic particles. Assuming an intake of 10 grams per day of salt, the average adult consumer would ingest approximately 2,000 microplastics each year through salt alone. Recent studies have found plastics in seafood, wildlife, tap water, and now in salt. In Austria some supermarket chains like Hofer have already switched to biodegradable plastic bags due to a coming ban on conventional plastic bags. All the packaging should need to be biodegradable. The biodegradable palstic bags are as good as conventional plastics and can furhtermore be used for household compost so that you do not need to empty the bags on littering in summer.



Automatic Scene/Shot Detection for Videos

Category: programs,
Source: ShotDetection,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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The program automatically recognizes when a new shot/scene starts. The scene list can be saved to a file and used with HTML5-Videos. We have also extended our site about HTML5-video Java-scripting to alter videos by pixelwise operations on the fly.



Software from elstel.org now available under GPLv3

Category: programs,
Source: general,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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We have now put all of our software at elstel.org under GPLv3 to encourage contributions. If you plan to contribute please sign our Contributor License Agreement (CLA) so that we can include your changes here at elstel.org.



Save the Amazon

Category: general,
Source: action,
Language: en,
Type:
update
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In Brazil far-right president Bolsonaro is opening up the Amazon for deforestation and agribusiness displacing and murdering local and indigenous people. The Mercosur trade deal with Brazil, Argentinia, Paraguay and Uruguay would worsen deforestation: petition in de, fr, tranlsation: de→en (sign in de), leo dicitionary.

also: Global Ocean Treaty to protect marine life including coral reefs and leatherback turtles (Greenpeace).




Get Children out of Prisons!

Category: general,
Source: action,
Language: en,
Type:
new
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Australia is locking up kids as young as 10 in degrading conditions that violate their human rights. At least half of the children held in Brisbane´s watch houses are indigenous. Many are ‘on remand’ — locked up even though they have not been found guilty or sentenced.

Investigations of Amnesty International into Brisbane´s watch house uncovered stories of children at risk of suicide held in isolation for days. Of fingers severed in maximum security doors. Of kids forced to choose between clean clothes and phone calls to their families. Of four young girls held in damaging isolation because they are not safe with adult inmates. And of children suffering without access to health care and education. This is just the tip of the iceberg.