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NASA’s Osiris-Rex about to land on asteroid Bennu: Here’s what will happen – CNET

In a first for the space agency, the van-size spacecraft will try to swipe space souvenirs to bring home to Earth. But it might not be easy.

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Artist’s conception of NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft collecting a sample from the asteroid Bennu.
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NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft will briefly touch down on a large asteroid next week and grab some rocks and dust from its surface to be returned to Earth for study. The event marks a major first for NASA and a potential boon for science, space exploration and our understanding of the solar system.
The touch-and-go (TAG) sample collection of asteroid 101955 Bennu i…

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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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