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Millions of kilos of plastic are floating in the seas and oceans. Various organizations are working to clean up the plastic. Large pieces are relatively easy to sieve out of the water, but with small pieces such as plastic granulate, it is much more difficult. Moreover, it is not even clear yet how many of those small balls end up in the water every day. That’s why students of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) want to map this out with a machine that counts plastic granules.

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Author profile picture Linda Bak is always looking for the stories behind the news. She is fascinated by statistics and uses not only words but also numbers to tell these stories.