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Do we owe our existence to the moon?

Science fiction can be strangely ancient. Although "Star Trek", "Star Wars" and "Lost In Space" all depict life on other planets in distant solar systems, scientists have no evidence that other planets existed outside our solar system until 1992 when the first exoplanet was discovered. This means that those films and TV shows that debuted long before 1992 foretell the …

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It takes decades to decompose polystyrene even in direct sunlight – BGR

Plastics are really amazing. They are usually inexpensive to manufacture, safe for many applications, and last almost forever. When used, they are the perfect solution to many problems, but once discarded, the qualities that make them great make them a nightmare for the environment. Polystyrene, a widespread type of plastic, can withstand severe punishing conditions while refusing to break down, …

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The Hunter moon illuminates the sky Sunday night

The Hunter moon floats through the sky in the shadow of the hands of dried branches and leaves. Elements of this image furnished by NASA (Getty Images) Moon hunter floats in the sky in the shadow of the hands of dried branches and leaves, Elements of this image furnished by NASA (Getty Images) CLEVELAND – Luna hunter will reach its …

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Polystyrene, a simple plastic, decomposes much faster than expected in sunlight

Polystyrene has been stored in the environment for millennia, according to some international government agencies. This estimate is based on the time it takes the microbes to break down the plastic. But now researchers are challenging this general assumption with the observation that sunlight can decompose polystyrene on a much shorter time scale, from decades to centuries. They report their …

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See the bright night of the Full Hunter's moon

The October moon, called the Hunter's Moon, will rise this evening (October 13), reaching its peak fullness at 5:08 PM ET. The lunar hunter, which is the full moon after the harvest moon and the closest full moon to the autumn equinox, is reportedly the best time to hunt deer and other animals, according to the Farmers Almanac. In northern …

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Who Owns the Arctic? | Live science

In August, President Donald Trump made international headlines when he expressed interest in purchasing Greenland the world's largest island, which is titrated on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. As it turns out, Greenland is not for sale and Trump was widely laughed at for his diplomatic curse. Yet many wondered what could be behind this unprecedented move – and …

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