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In search of the ninth planet

A University of Michigan doctoral student has logged two pieces of evidence that may support the existence of a planet that could be part of our solar system, beyond Neptune.

Some astronomers think this alleged planet, called Planet Nine, exists because of the way some objects in space, called “Trans-Neptunian Objects,” or TNOs, behave. These TNOs are rocky objects smaller than Pluto that orbit the sun at a greater average distance than Neptune.

Link: https://phys.org/news/2017-10-ninth-planet.html

Astronomers just proved the incredible origin of nearly all gold, platinum, and silver in the universe

Platinum and gold are among the most precious substances on Earth, each fetching roughly $1,000 an ounce.

However, their allure may grow stronger — and weirder — thanks to a groundbreaking new finding about their violent, radioactive, and cosmic origins.

Link: https://www.businessinsider.com/neutron-stars-crash-ligo-gravitational-waves-periodic-elements-2017-10

Plastic-eating caterpillars could save the planet

MOST scientific research follows a logical progression, with one experiment following up on the findings of another. Every now and then, however, serendipity plays a part. Such is the case with a paper just published in Current Biology, which reveals to the world a moth capable of chewing up plastic.

Link: https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2017/04/29/plastic-eating-caterpillars-could-save-the-planet?fsrc=scn%2Ftw%2Fte%2Fbl%2Fed%2F

Only science can solve the intriguing stick insect mystery-First Dog on the Moon

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Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/06/only-science-can-solve-the-intriguing-stick-insect-mystery

Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota

Last year, when Minnesota passed a groundbreaking law on best practices for providing pollinator habitat at solar power sites, they also (unexpectedly) helped launch something called Solar Honey, in which solar companies and commercial beekeepers work together in a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Link: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-power-and-honey-bees-180964743/

Trevor Paglen: Orbital Reflector

Art is about taking risks. Join us as we become the first artist-museum team to launch a sculptural satellite into space.

A couple of years ago, contemporary artist Trevor Paglen approached the Nevada Museum of Art with a bold idea: launch the first satellite into space that would exist purely as an artistic gesture. The Museum knew that his radical vision — Orbital Reflector — could help to change the way we see our place in the world.

Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nevadaart/trevor-paglen-orbital-reflector

Oldest Clam Consternation Overblown

Consternation over the death of the world’s oldest-recorded animal, a 507-year-old clam nicknamed Ming, has earned marine researchers unhappy headlines worldwide.

But a closer look at the story—”Clam-gate,” as the BBC called it—finds the tempest over Ming a bit overblown. (Also see “Clams: Not Just for Chowder.”)

Link: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/11/131116-oldest-clam-dead-ming-science-ocean-507/

Saturn’s Strangest Sights, As Captured By A Doomed Spacecraft

The Cassini spacecraft’s final moments are a few hours away. Early Friday morning, it will slam itself into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Cassini is a victim of its own success. It astonished scientists by finding conditions potentially suitable for life beneath the surface of one of Saturn’s icy moons, Enceladus.

Link: https://www.npr.org/2017/09/13/550711289/saturns-strangest-sights-as-captured-by-a-doomed-spacecraft?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170913