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Deep Sea Trash
2013-06-06 11:39:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, people have known about the amount of human-generated trash that ends up in the ocean, but a new study in the journal Deep-Sea Research I: Oceanographic Research Papers showed just how deep our detritus sinks, particularly in the waters around Monterey, California. "We were inspired by a fisheries study off Southern California that looked at seafloor trash down to 365 meters,” said lead author Kyra Schlining, a senior...

Experts To Meet In Europe To Discuss Space Debris Issue
2013-04-18 14:14:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Hundreds of experts from all over the world will be meeting at Europe's largest-ever space debris forum next week to discuss the latest findings on the growing problem of space junk. Space debris not only poses problems to other satellites and spacecraft in orbit but it is also hazardous to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Scientists believe there could be around 29,000 objects larger than 4 inches,...

2013-04-09 11:19:52

Floating plastic debris – which helps populate the infamous "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in the Pacific Ocean – has become a problem in the Great Lakes, the largest body of fresh water in the world. Scientists reported on the latest findings from the Great Lakes here today at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. "The massive production of plastic and inadequate disposal has made plastic...

How To Remove Orbital Debris With Less Risk
2013-03-22 20:53:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An article coming out in the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets pitches ideas to attempt to remove orbital debris with less risk. The article, authored by Kerry Nock and Dr. Kim Aaron, of Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC), and Dr. Darren McKnight, of Integrity Applications Incorporated, Chantilly, VA, compared in-orbit debris removal options regarding their potential risk of creating new orbital debris or disabling working...

Scientists Raise Concerns Over Tsunami Debris Carrying Invasive Species
2013-03-10 08:25:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, researchers in the US and Canada are concerned about the possible damage that could be caused by invasive species that have found their way to North America on debris resulting from the 2011 disaster. According to UPI, experts in the northwest US and Canada are having difficulty determining whether or not marine life washing ashore on the debris will be a threat to...

Climate Change May Impact Satellites
2012-11-12 13:56:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists wrote in the journal Nature Geoscience that rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels could increase the accumulation of space junk. And as CO2 builds up in the upper levels of Earth's atmosphere it could have a significant effect on satellites in orbit. CO2 cools down the atmosphere and contracts its outermost layer, the thermosphere, which is where satellites and the International Space Station (ISS) operate. A...

Tackling The Problem Of Space Junk
2012-11-09 11:40:50

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In late 2011 the National Research Council released a report stating that the amount of “space junk” orbiting the Earth had reached a tipping point. Since the 1960s, as the United States and others began launching satellites and rockets into space, the region known as Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has become increasingly crowded. The problem has become so significant that, when the Space Shuttle fleet was still...

Expedition Embarks To Study Effects Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
2012-10-03 11:43:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Robert C. Seamans, a tall ship owned and operated by Sea Education Association (SEA) will leave port October 3, 2012, on a research expedition. The journey is dedicated to examining the effects of plastic marine debris in the ocean ecosystem, including debris generated by the 2011 Japanese tsunami. The ship will be out for a 37-day cruise, during which members aboard the Woods Hole, Massachusetts-based research vessel will...

Bee-Hive-6_H1
2012-07-10 08:43:29

Next year´s Hollywood film Gravity features George Clooney stranded in orbit by cascading space junk. The threat is genuine, with debris levels rising steadily. ESA´s new Clean Space initiative is developing methods of preserving near-Earth space — and the terrestrial environment, too. Responding to public environmental concerns, Clean Space aims to reduce the environmental effect of Europe´s space activities, cutting waste and pollution on Earth and in orbit....


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.