The benefits and necessity of removing microplastic particles from the world’s oceans and ashore has spurred many scientific researchers towards finding the ultimate solution. Yet few have come up with such revolutionary ideas as that of the 18-year-old Irish Fionn Ferreira. He successfully tested his idea of using ferrofluids to suck up microplastics in water. Ferreira won the first prize and the associated $50,000 at the annual Google Science Fair.

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Author profile picture At best, a journalist should be curious, a storyteller and an entertainer. I was not aware that I had all these characteristics in me when I took my first steps on the journalistic career ladder. “Curiosity kills the cat”, as the saying is but I’ve found that my questions to international news sources and their responses mainly as a learning process. In all those years I’ve contributed to Dutch dailies and special interest magazines and online publications, UK-based special interest magazines and Internet-based publications for the maritime industry. I’m no novice in co-hosting on congresses and – briefly at a local radio station – and in writing for in-house magazines and newsletters for Dutch provincial authorities and for the Dutch Shortsea Promotion Centre. On top of that, I’m active as an individual speech coach in English for those who want to brush up their fluency in English