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National Space Council Will Deliver Space-Junk Plan to Trump, VP Pence Says

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National Space Council Will Deliver Space-Junk Plan to Trump, VP Pence Says

The United States is getting serious about space junk, according to Vice President Mike Pence. In a speech today (April 16), Pence announced that the National Space Council will soon send President Donald Trump new recommendations to address the growing threat of space junk circling Earth. "President Trump knows that a stable and orderly space environment is critical to the strength of our economy and resilience of our national security systems," Pence told a crowd of space and military officials here at the 34th Space Symposium. "And that's why the National Space Council has developed the first comprehensive Space Traffic...

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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug. The international team then tweaked the enzyme to see how it had evolved, but tests showed they had inadvertently made the molecule...

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'Superflares' may make it hard for life to thrive on Earth's nearest exoplanet

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'Superflares' may make it hard for life to thrive on Earth's nearest exoplanet

The nearest exoplanet to Earth may get hit hard by damaging ultraviolet radiation, making it tough for life to survive there, a new study suggests. That planet, the roughly Earth-mass Proxima b, circles the small, dim star Proxima Centauri, which lies just 4.2 light-years from Earth. And Proxima b orbits in its host's star "habitable zone" — the just-right range of distances where liquid water could theoretically exist on a world's surface. But there's a lot more to habitability than just being in the habitable zone, as the new study indicates. In it, a team of researchers analyzing observations by...

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Psychologists Say SETI Has Faulty Alien Contact Methods

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Psychologists Say SETI Has Faulty Alien Contact Methods

A group of psychologists say scientists will never make contact with aliens because aliens are likely to use communications based on unknown physical principles. They also say scientists are prone to so-called inattentional blindness. A group of psychologists from the University of Cadiz in Spain has published an article criticizing alien-seeking scientists involved in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, saying they will never make contact with extraterrestrial civilizations. According to the article, published in Acta Astronautica, the scientists involved in SETI are concentrating solely on searching for radio signals when aliens are likely to use other forms of...

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NASA announces search for alien planets in solar system

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NASA announces search for alien planets in solar system

The space agency's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has been delivered to its Kennedy Space Centre ahead of launch. Experts will send the ship hurtling through space in the hunt for exoplanets over a period of at least two years. The agency vowed to discover thousands of the new planets and will scan the new worlds for extraterrestrial life. "TESS is NASA's next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system, known as exoplanets, including those that could support life," the space agency reports. "The mission is expected to catalog thousands of planet candidates and vastly increase...

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