The days of the great Pacific garbage patch may be numbered. A highly anticipated project to scoop up plastic from the massive pool of ocean debris is poised to launch its first phase from Alameda, Calif., on September 8. The creators of the project, called the Ocean Cleanup, say their system can remove 90 percent of the plastic in the patch by 2040.

 

 

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They put even the coolest drones to shame.

 

Just barely making it under the wire of a year full of bizarre and adorable robots, the fancy animal robot-makers at Festo are back with three new flying robots. An industrial automation company, Festo’s robotic menagerie also includes herring gulls, kangaroos, ants, an elephant’s trunk, and a gripper inspired by the tongue of a chameleon. Festo showed off three new animalistic flying drones at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC last summer, and they can seen beautifully gliding through the air in a video captured by IEEE Spectrum.

 

 

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We now have the most precise estimates for the strength of gravity yet. Two experiments measuring the tiny gravitational attraction between objects in a lab have measured Newton’s gravitational constant, or Big G, with an uncertainty of only about 0.00116 per cent. Until now, the smallest margin of uncertainty for any G measurement has been 0.00137 per cent.

 

 

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Pioneer 10 and 11 each carry a 6 x 9-inch (15 x 23 centimeters), gold-anodized aluminum plaque. The plaque is affixed to support struts close to the spacecraft’s bus (main body). Carl Sagan and Frank Drake played key roles in designing the plaque and Linda Salzman Sagan, Sagan’s wife at the time, was the artist who actually drew the images engraved on the plaque.

 

 

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Sea sparkles are buoyant, single-celled algae or plant plankton which can produce light when they are disturbed.

They are mostly restricted to coastal waters, particularly in the vicinity of river mouths, and can appear at during any time of the year.

 

A childish excitement takes over the popular NSW holiday spot as the bright natural phenomenon bioluminescence provides a light show on the foreshore.

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