20-Year-Old Engineering Student Develops Ocean Cleanup System

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Water has been in the news a lot lately, from California’s historic megadrought, to this month’s five-year anniversary of the Macondo Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Not all of it is grim, however. Boyan Slat, a 20-year-old Dutch engineering student, has designed a passive filtration system for the ocean’s garbage patches which, he says, can clear hundreds of millions of pounds of plastic from the ocean over the next 10 years while minimally impacting the wildlife population.

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