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Tossed net snares space junk in orbit-cleanup experiment; next test to use harpoon

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

This NASA image released Thursday shows the NanoRacks-Remove Debris satellite. The International Space Station serves as humanity's orbital research platform, conducting a variety of experiments and research projects while in orbit around the planet. On June 20, the space station deployed the NanoRacks-Remove Debris satellite into space from outside the Japanese Kibo laboratory module. This technology demonstration was designed to explore using a 3D camera to map the location and speed of orbital debris or 'space junk.' | NASA / HO / VIA AFP-JIJI

A tossed net has managed to capture space junk in a demonstration of ways to clean up debris in orbit.In the British-led experiment, a big ...

Accuser of Trump’s high court nominee willing to testify if terms are fair and her safety is ensured: reports

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) speaks at a news conference with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) as they introduce Holton-Arms high school graduates to release a letter from more than a thousand graduates of the school supporting professor Christine Blasey Ford and their belief in her accusations against President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday. | REUTERS

A lawyer for the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault told a Senate panel the professor would ...

Fossils dating back over 500 million years confirmed coming from an animal

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Scientists say they’ve confirmed that puzzling fossils from more than 500 million years ago are traces of an animal.That would make it one of the ...

Over 40 killed when Lake Victoria ferry capsizes and sinks: Tanzania

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

More than 40 people died on Thursday when a ferry capsized in the south of Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, a Tanzanian government spokesman said.“According to ...

Experts float idea of massive propping up of glaciers to avoid cataclysmic sea level rise

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

A glacier in southwest Greenland is pictured in 1935 in this photo obtained by Reuters Tuesday. | PHOTO COURTESY OF DANISH AGENCY FOR DATA SUPPLY AND EFFICIENCY / HANDOUT / VIA REUTERS

As global warming outpaces efforts to tame it, scientists have proposed building massive underwater structures to prevent an Antarctic glacier the size of Britain from ...

Rescue ship seeks haven for 11 migrants saved from sinking boat after refusing to return them to Libya

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Migrant rescue ship Aquarius was seeking a safe haven for 11 migrants it saved off Libya Thursday, after refusing to return them to the North ...

Botswana fights claims of rampant elephant poaching

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Col. George Bogatsu of the Botswana Defense Force (BDF) reacts as he inspects the carcass of an elephant, after reports that conservationists have discovered 87 of them slaughtered just in the last few months, in the Linyanti area of Botswana Wednesday. | REUTERS

Botswana has rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses of animals allegedly slaughtered ...

Paris police bust knock-off Eiffel Tower network exploiting migrants, bag tons of trinkets

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

A souvenir vendor sells Eiffel tower models for tourists in front the Eiffel Tower at the Trocadero in Paris in 2011. | REUTERS

French police have broken up a suspected criminal gang who sold miniature copies of the Eiffel Tower at tourist sites around Paris often using illegal ...

With population boom, urbanization, World Bank warns waste could grow 70% by 2050

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Modou Fall, head of the Clean Senegal Association, wears a costume made from plastic cups and bags as he helps clean a beach during World Cleanup Day in Dakar on Sept. 15. | REUTERS

Global waste could grow by 70 percent by 2050 as urbanization and populations rise, the World Bank said Thursday, with South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa ...

U.S. sanctions Chinese military for buying Russian arms

via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Chinese First Vice Premier Han Zheng in the Kremlin on Tuesday. | AP

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping ...

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