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Rising Concern About Microplastics In The Ocean

Rising Concern About 'Microplastics' In The Ocean

Sea Education Association Microplastics – microscopic particles of plastic debris – are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms....

Latest Debris Stories

Harpoons May Be Used By ESA To Clear Earth's Orbit Of Space Junk
2014-06-24 10:53:21

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is embarking on an age old practice of using harpoons for the future goal of clearing orbits of tumbling satellites and other hazardous space junk. The Earth’s orbit is filled with decades of launched satellites that are no longer being used, along with other space debris that pose a collision threat with ongoing missions. There are more than 17,000 trackable objects floating in Earth’s orbit....

2014-05-21 08:21:55

New Center to Address Critical Threats to Orbiting Satellites and Other Space Activities COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland (UMD) has announced the establishment of the Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) to address critical issues in orbiting space debris and serve as a hub for academic, industry, and government research collaboration. "CODER is the first academically led center established to address the full...

No Real-World Solutions Met During Special Meeting On Space Debris
2014-05-12 08:34:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humans have always been good at creating garbage. Just look around and you will find trash, junk and debris everywhere you go: landfills, waterways, city parks, neighborhood streets, forests and highways. While these are all hotbeds of man-made waste, one place in particular is increasingly becoming a huge threat to humanity – and all you have to do is look up. Space debris, or space junk, is a pressing problem for humanity both...

2014-02-21 23:23:22

The organization dedicated to cleaning up the world's oceans and beaches is joining forces with the founder of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Captain Charles Moore and his foundation, Algalita Marine Research Institute Long Beach, California (PRWEB) February 21, 2014 COORC is proud to announce the official partnership between the Clean our Ocean’s Refuge Coalition and Captain Charles Moore’s foundation, the Algalita Marine Research Institute. The meeting between Tom Hirshberg,...

What Happened To The Tsunami Debris From Japan?
2014-02-21 13:02:07

University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST Outcomes from synthesis of model and observations The amount of debris in the ocean is growing exponentially, becoming more and more hazardous and harmful to marine life and therefore also to our ocean food source. Measuring and tracking the movements of such debris are still in their infancy. The driftage generated by the tragic 2011 tsunami in Japan gave scientists Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner a unique chance to learn about the effects of the ocean...

How Do You Catch A Satellite?
2014-02-21 10:50:46

ESA Standard space dockings are difficult enough, but a future ESA mission plans to capture derelict satellites adrift in orbit. Part of an effort to control space debris, the shopping list of new technologies this ambitious mission requires is set for discussion with industry experts. ESA’s Clean Space initiative is studying the e.DeOrbit mission for removing debris, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the space industry on Earth and space alike. Earth's debris halo...

2014-01-10 23:22:20

Alpha Junk Removal recently cleared a rental home in Georgia of possessions abandoned by previous tenants. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 10, 2014 Alpha Junk Removal, a junk hauling company servicing Northwest Atlanta, recently assisted rental property owners in Douglasville, GA to haul personal belongings abandoned by a previous tenant. Alpha Junk Removal has more trucks on the roads to assist homeowners and property owners throughout the Atlanta area. The previous tenants of the rental...

Microplastics Poison Marine Ecosystems
2013-12-03 11:11:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The dumping of human refuse has resulted in the world’s oceans being filled with tiny bits of plastic, and two new studies from a team of British researchers have found that high concentrations of these plastic bits severely impact the health of marine lugworms, an important part of marine food webs and the cycling of ocean sediments. According to the studies, which were published on Monday in the journal Current Biology, lugworms...

Using Talk Radio To Track Space Debris
2013-12-02 12:42:54

[ Watch the Video: Listening Up For Space Debris ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Top-40 mixes being played over the FM airwaves are helping scientists locate space junk orbiting around our planet. Australian astronomers are using pop songs, talk radio and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) to help prevent catastrophic space junk collisions. As radio waves bounce around, they deflect off thousands of objects orbiting the Earth, which the team is able to take...

Protecting Earth From Asteroids Using Stardust
2013-11-18 17:41:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A new research program is bringing experts together to help protect our planet from asteroids that could become catastrophes. The Stardust program is the first research-based training network of its kind, bringing together some of the world’s best experts on asteroids and space debris. An open training school is being held at the University of Strathclyde this week in the first step to train the next generation of scientists,...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.