Saturday August 24, 2019, marked a vexing anniversary for planetary scientists. It was 13 years to the day that Pluto's official definition changed — what was once numbered among the planets of the Solar System was now but a humble dwarf planet.
Extending the life span of a garment is becoming increasingly important in the fight against increasing waste on our planet. However, for a piece of clothing to last it can’t escape the wash cycle and herein lies further complications.
Last week, the UK government rejected recommendations from the Commons Environmental Audit Committee report on the impact of fast fashion – including a 1 pence per garment levy. Ministers also rejected a ban on burying or incinerating clothes that could be recycled. According to the Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP) UK households sent 300,000 tons of clothing to landfill in 2016, theguardian.com wrote.
We usually think of planets as having a certain level of permanence but for worlds that reside within very close proximity of a star existence can be fleeting. One particular type of exoplanet that astronomers are trying to learn more about are the so-called “hot Neptunes,” which are superheated giants that are incredibly rare.
NASA's Kepler space telescope, that discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and revealed that our galaxy contains more planets than stars, received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth.