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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...

Researchers Suggest To Ban Cigarette Filters To Save The Environment
2014-05-07 03:17:25

Springer Trillions of cigarettes smoked worldwide do not end up in an ashtray, but litter the environment Ban cigarette filters. Start a deposit-return scheme for used butts. Hold manufacturers responsible for clean-ups. Place warnings on packets about the impact of simply flicking one’s used cigarettes away. These are among the policy measures that Thomas Novotny of the San Diego State University in the US and Elli Slaughter advocate to curb the environmental harm done through the...

2014-05-01 23:04:01

State-of-the-art litter system’s double-compartment architecture and modern design blends functionality with fashion. New York, NY (PRWEB) May 01, 2014 Poop Guard, a newly-designed litter system from creator Serge Karnegie, is preparing its campaign for launch on Kickstarter. Poop Guard’s innovative design keeps children and dogs from coming into contact with dangerous and unsanitary litter while its modern look makes it a must-have for cat owners who are tired of hiding unattractive...

Int'l Researchers Find Deep Ocean Waters Littered With Human Trash
2014-05-01 09:01:44

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A study released last year confirmed just how far human trash sinks in the ocean, finding detritus as much as 13,000 feet deep off the coast of California. Now, a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed that even the deepest ocean depths is home to bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter. The new study, led by Cristopher Pham of the University of the Azores, focused on the Mediterranean...

2014-04-22 12:23:25

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today issued a proclamation recognizing April 22, 2014 as "Earth Day" in Pennsylvania. This year's celebration marks the 44th anniversary of the first Earth Day, a movement which elevated the nation's consciousness and awareness of environmental stewardship and civic duty. This year's theme, "Pick It Up - Pennsylvania," is aimed at encouraging continued citizen involvement in helping to beautify...

international space station
2014-04-04 06:08:42

NASA On Thursday, flight controllers conducted a Debris Avoidance Maneuver to steer the International Space Station clear of orbital debris. Aboard the orbiting complex, the Expedition 39 crew prepared for the departure of a cargo craft Thursday and tackled a variety of experiments, including the checkout of device that incorporates electrical impulses to keep muscles fit in the absence of gravity. Playing it conservatively, flight controllers conducted a Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance...

2014-04-03 16:20:44

National Waste & Recycling Association encourages considering options for tossing household waste WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Spring has finally arrived after a challenging winter, and for many Americans that means beginning the annual rite of Spring Cleaning. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140403/DC96560-INFO Nearly three-quarters of all Americans tackle Spring Cleaning annually, according to the American Cleaning Institute, and some of the clutter is...

2014-03-17 08:24:38

Leading Corporations Partner with National Nonprofit and Its Affiliate Network to Engage and Educate Volunteers to Improve Their Community's Environment STAMFORD, Conn., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, announced today the launch of the 16th annual Great American Cleanup. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140317/DC83834LOGO The Great American Cleanup is the...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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