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How to see the 2020 Orionid meteor shower, active now and nearing its peak – CNET

The shooting star extravaganza is heating up as it headlines a big skywatching month.

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Halley’s Comet in 1986.
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A disappearing moon is setting the scene for some prime meteor spotting this week as the peak of the Orionid meteor shower nears. The Draconid meteor shower and a stunning show from Mars in the night sky served as the opening act for the Orionids, which are already active and visible now. The waning crescent moon provides a mostly dark sky to aid your shooting star spotting effort the next few nights. 
The Orionids are really just bits of dust and debris left behi…

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Witch-repellent graffiti discovered in ruins of medieval UK church – Live Science

The marks are meant to keep bad spirits away, but they won’t stop a high-speed train route from moving into the area.

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Learning no lessons from horror films of yore, Britain has plans for a high-speed rail project that will lay tracks over the ruins of a medieval church. And, apparently, the project has run into some trouble with witches and dark spirits.
According to archaeologists working at Stoke Mandeville, a village that lies in the path of the proposed railway, an early excavation of the site’s 700-year-old church revealed stone beams etched with strange circular patterns known as “witch marks.”
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Scientists Found A New Way To Break Down the Most Common Plastic – Gizmodo

The plastics industry produces over 88 million tons of polyethylene, the most common plastic in the world. Scientists have found a new way to upcycle it, according…

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The petrochemical industry produces more than 88 million tons of polyethylene, making it the most common plastic in the world. Scientists have found a new way to upcycle it, according to a study published in Science on Thursday. It could help deal with the growing plastic pollution crisis.
Polyethylene comes in several different forms and is used in everything from plastic bags and food packaging to electrical insulation and industrial piping. Since its so common and our recycling system is so broken,…

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Galactic “Mystery Source” of Gamma Rays Identified: Record-Setting “Black Widow” Pulsar – SciTechDaily

Super Heavyweight and Flyweight in a Cosmic Dance Volunteer distributed computing project [email protected] discovers neutron star in unusual binary system. After more…

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