Thanks to climate change jellyfish populations have exploded in recent years. Jellyfish blooms can cause real problems, for example, last year a cluster of jellyfish shut down a nuclear reactor in Sweden, and in 2006 jellyfish clogged a US nuclear plant’s cooling water intake. But Cine’al Ltd, an Israeli nanotechnology start-up, has come up with a solution.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University discovered that jellyfish can absorb high volumes of liquid without deteriorating. So they broke down jellyfish flesh, added nanoparticles and created a material called Hydromash, which can be used as absorbent material in diapers, tampons and medical sponges.
Products made with Hydromash degrade in 30 days and apparently suck up twice as much as regular products.
Carl Engelking wrote in his blog for Discover magazine:
It’s unclear when, or if, these jellyfish products might arrive in the aisles of supermarkets. According to Green Prophet, Cine’al is currently discussing building manufacturing plants in Korea and South Carolina — where jellyfish fishing operations are already going strong.
Millions of diapers enter landfills every year, but this product could greatly reduce their impact and kill two birds with one stone. Would you buy diapers made out of jellyfish?