Sci-tech

One billion year old fungi found is Earth's oldest

Rather than absorbing sunlight like plants or devouring other organisms like animals, fungi spew out powerful enzymes. But that conflicts with DNA-based estimates, which suggest that fungi originated much earlier -a billion or more years ago. [Full Article...]

The final straw: England bans plastic items from April 2020

The final straw: England bans plastic items from April 2020 Plastic straws and drink stirrers, and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned from sale and use in England from next April, the UK Government has confirmed. Only the medical and scientific laboratories for research and forensic responsibilities in criminal inquiries will be permitted to buy plastic-stemmed cotton buds. [Full Article...]

Massive collision with dwarf planet may explain asymmetric lunar surface

Massive collision with dwarf planet may explain asymmetric lunar surface Such a collision would explain the stark difference between the Moon's heavily-cratered farside and lower-lying basins in the side facing the Earth. Analysis of data from 2012 reveals that the dark side of the moon has an extra-thick crust (some 20km or 12.5 miles deep) which contains a 10km thick layer of magnesium and iron enriched material not found on the near side. [Full Article...]

Global sea levels could rise far more than predicted

Global sea levels could rise far more than predicted Sea levels are expected to rise faster than researchers previously thought because ice sheets are rapidly melting in Greenland and Antarctica , the study notes. "If we see something like that in the next 80 years we are looking at social breakdown on scales that are pretty unimaginable", lead author Jonathan Bamber , a professor of physical geography at the U.K.'s University of Bristol, told ... [Full Article...]

NASA giving public chance to have names sent to Mars

NASA giving public chance to have names sent to Mars Sign up before September 30 to receive a souvenir boarding pass, which you can download, print, and frame, pretending your childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut weren't crushed. Miles (or kilometers) are awarded for each "flight", with corresponding digital mission patches available for download. More than 2 million names traveled on NASA's InSight mission to Mars, earning each "flyer" abou... [Full Article...]

Washington becomes 1st state to allow composting of human remains

Loved ones are allowed to keep the soil to spread the same way they might spread the ashes of someone who has been cremated. The practice is cited as more environmentally friendly than cremation or burials - which supporters claim pollutes the ground with chemicals and creates cumbersome coffins that take up space underground. [Full Article...]

Global sea level rise could be double our current predictions

Global sea level rise could be double our current predictions Such a rise would place up to 187 million people at risk, which is about 2.5% of the world's total population. The team of global scientists used a technique called structured expert judgment to ask 22 ice sheet experts to estimate plausible ranges for future sea level rises. [Full Article...]

People on Mars by 2033...or 2060

People on Mars by 2033...or 2060 All 11 partners are tasked with studying potential vehicles and refueling elements that are necessary to create a viable moon lander. There are 11 companies in total, fighting to put $45.5 million of NASA's NextSTEP money to good use and come up with the best lander study. [Full Article...]


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