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Developers at Pixel Film Studios Release Pro3rd Impression for Final...

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Pixel Film Studios, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, announced the availability of...

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Control Solutions Inc. launches Pivot® Ultra Aerosol Flea and...

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CSI adds Pivot Ultra to their professional pest management product portfolio.

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Steven Winter Associates’ Marc Zuluaga Earns Innovative Engineering...

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Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine Selects Steven Winter Associates’ Marc Zuluaga as a Top 40 Professional Under 40

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Exprodat and Esri Partner for EAGE Conference

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Exprodat, the oil and gas ArcGIS platform specialist, will once again partner with Esri Inc. and share a stand at the forthcoming European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Conference...

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TRIC Tools Pipe Bursting Equipment Arrives in the Nick of Time for Mr....

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Lateral pipe bursting equipment manufacturer, TRIC Tools, joined Mr. Rooter at its 45th Annual Reunion. While there TRIC's Gregg...

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Engineered Sheet Products Develops Clear, Anti-Static Sheet for...

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Engineered Sheet Products (ESP), a division of RTP Company, has developed a unique thermoplastic sheet with anti-static properties inherent throughout, providing permanent protection from the damaging...

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Tibet Travel Impacted by Nepal Earthquake

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Both Nepal and Tibet travel have been disrupted as the result of the tragic earthquake that hit Nepal at the end of April. In response to a multitude of traveler questions, TCTS discusses the details.

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VJ-Advance Video Borescope Adds to Salt Lake Community College’s...

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Last month, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) was named champion of the college-division at the 2015 Aerospace Maintenance Competition and given a VJ-Advance video borescope, compliments of RF System...

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Nashville is pretty ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about its giant accidental lake

Grist.org - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 23:28

Nashville, Tenn. — historical home to music legends like Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson — isn’t just America’s country music capital. The southern city is also notable for something a little more offbeat: an accidental lake. Wait — How is a lake also an accident, you ask? When a developer abandons a giant hole in the ground until it fills up with 50-60 feet of water and no one complains about it, you get an accidental lake. Simple.

On the whole, human-made lakes aren’t all that uncommon in the area; Nashville has a handful of reservoirs, ponds, and lakes built on purpose by people, reports Atlas Obscura. However, this unnatural body of water — called Lake Palmer — became a city-wide target of ambivalence after a local construction firm ditched a plan for two mixed-use buildings in 2007. The locals affectionately named the building blunder Lake Palmer after project developer Alex Palmer. (Nothing like being reminded of your failures with a permanent geographic landmark, eh Alex?)

A giant pool of stagnant rainwater in the middle of downtown would seem to be a natural magnet for local ire. But Nashvillians don’t seem to mind, reported Atlas Obscura.

“It’s just something that we sort of shrug our shoulder at, and we deal with,” says [J.R. Lind, a reporter who has written about the lake for a local paper]. “The construction has stalled again, and we’re entering our wet season. So I guess it’ll just fill up.”

Lake Palmer has been part of downtown Nashville for so long even Google Maps recognizes it, though it remains unnamed. Yeesh, what’s a mosquito dreamland gotta do to get a little recognition?

TL;DR, Nashvillians feel pretty meh about this weird hole in the ground — which is more than we can say for the hole left by one departing Ms. Swift. Sniff.

 


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Categories: Environment

This palm oil company just bulldozed a rainforest

Grist.org - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:36

In the last two years, a series of companies have made bold commitments to halt deforestation in their supply chains (see this story for the context). But producing products like palm oil without clearing ecologically important rainforest isn’t easy: It’s much easier to get rich quick by exploiting natural resources. Though most companies have agreed to rein in their operations, forests are still being razed.

Here, courtesy of a video from activist group Forest Heroes, you can see the results when that happens:

According to Forest Heroes, the company responsible for this act of deforestation is Astra Agro Lestari. Astra has announced it is “pursuing” deforestation-free palm oil, but has not made a clear promise to stop cutting down the forest, as other companies have.

Activists have very little leverage on agriculture businesses, but they can affect the companies associated with agribusiness. So the activists are going after Mandarin Oriental Hotels, which is owned by the same conglomerate that owns Astra — a group called Jardine Matheson. The chair of this conglomerate, Ben Keswick, is also on a corporate governance board for Astra.

Protesters showed up at Mandarin’s hotels in elephant suits, because palm oil development threatens the critically endangered Sumatran elephants. According to a press release from Forest Heroes, one of seven advocacy groups trying to change Astra’s policy, the company also has a big climate impact:

Astra has cut down 14,000 hectares of forests since 2007 to make way for palm oil plantations. In addition, the report found that Astra is responsible for clearing 27,000 hectares of ultra carbon-rich peatland since 2009. That clearing has released an estimated two million tons of climate pollution – about the same as annual emissions from 830,000 cars.

Jardine Matheson responded with a statement to Mongabay:

Jardine Matheson supports the sustainability policies of all of its companies, and believes that Astra Agro Lestari’s (AAL’s) sustainability practices are among the best in the industry. We understand that AAL has welcomed the new Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP) initiative and is actively working towards signing up, and they are engaging with the key stakeholders about this.

If Astra took the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge, and then followed through, it would bring the company into line with the rest of the industry.


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This map of food cravings across the United States will make you hungry

Grist.org - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:35

Ever wonder which foods Americans crave most across the country?

Using menus, tips, and ratings from Foursquare, an algorithm determined which food and drinks are statistically more popular from one state to the next and mapped the results. Most are unsurprising: crab cakes in Maryland; maple syrup in Vermont; and chicken fried steak in Oklahoma. But who knew Missourians pine for toasted ravioli? Not I, that’s for sure. Check out the map:

Laura Bliss for CityLab has the story:

A Foursquare representative tells me that in a just few cases, states overlapped in tastes, and an editorial team chose which to pair up. But for the most part, it’s the search app’s massive 6-year-old data set telling the story of America’s highly, highly specific food tastes.

In Tennessee, restaurants and diners mention “banana pudding” at a rate some 318 percent higher than the national average: No surprise there, the state has a whole festival dedicated to the creamy yellow treat. And sure, it makes sense that Pennsylvania likes chicken cheese steaks 1,085 percent more than everyone else. But guess where foodies talk about “avocado toast” at 3,143 percent above the national average? Not California, but New York. California will take its Chinese Chicken Salad, thanks. And Nevadans? They just want bottle service—842 percent more than the rest of the country.

My two cents: 1) Pennsylvanians, you’re doing it all wrong if you’re craving chicken cheesesteaks. Come on, people! 2) Someone FedEx me a Jucy Lucy stat. Seriously, I’m not kidding. What’s a Jucy Lucy, you ask? Only one of the most mouthwatering delicacies of all time:

A Jucy Lucy [sic] or Juicy Lucy is a cheeseburger that has the cheese inside the meat patty in addition to on top. A piece of cheese is surrounded by raw meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty. This scalding hot cheese tends to gush out at the first bite, so servers frequently warn patrons to let the burger cool for a few minutes before consumption to avoid injury.

Molten, schmolten. I’d brave third-degree burns and a blistered tongue for one of those heavenly patties any day.


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Categories: Environment

The Tea Party can’t stand this presidential hopeful

Grist.org - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:19

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The Tea Party hates South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and the feeling is mutual. It attacked the Republican lawmaker mercilessly during his Senate reelection campaign in 2014, but Graham held his seat with 55 percent of the vote. “Kicking the crap out of the Tea Party is the most fun Senator Lindsey Graham has ever had,” wrote Molly Ball for The Atlantic last June after interviewing the South Carolina Republican on the eve of his primary election victory, when he faced six no-name challengers, one of them a Tea Party pick, in his deep red state’s Republican primary.

On June 1, Graham plans to join the crowded GOP 2016 field, according to his preannouncement on Monday. And his soon-to-be presidential campaign raises the question: How will the Graham/Tea Party feud continue?

The animosity between this three-term senator and Tea Partiers began before his 2014 reelection campaign, triggered in part by Graham’s intermittent attempts to work with Democrats in the Senate. Such moves have enraged staunch conservatives. The Greenville GOP compiled a list of 29 offenses that they “strongly disapprove of and hold to be fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party.” Right-wing blogs have nicknamed him “Flimsy Lindsey” and “Grahmnesty” because he disagreed with his party on climate change, immigration reform, and a few other hot-button Republican issues.

Climate change triggered the first Tea Party salvos against Graham. In the fall of 2009, Tea Partiers in South Carolina and beyond bashed Graham for his support of energy legislation that aimed at reducing carbon emissions. In an editorial titled “Graham’s Dalliance With Cap-And-Trade Crowd a Bad Move,” Michael Costello of the Idaho’s Lewiston Tribune wrote, “If Republicans really want to completely alienate this crowd and give birth to a third party, they should follow the lead of Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). [He] has thrown his lot in with John Kerry (D-Mass) to push one of the worst pieces of legislation in American history, the carbon cap-and-trade bill.”

Soon after that, as Politico reported, the conflict between Graham and Tea Partiers “sparked a mutiny back home” in South Carolina. The Charleston County Republican Party, in a written resolution, slammed Graham for stabbing Republicans in the back and undercutting “Republican leadership and party solidarity for his own benefit.” Politico noted that “bubbling” conservative discontent blew up because of the climate change bill but was also fueled by Graham’s support for immigration reform and changes at the U.S. detention facility Guantanamo Bay. Graham, a hawk who often criticizes President Barack Obama’s national security policies, didn’t try to make peace with his conservative critics. Instead, he called detractors of immigration reform “bigots” and refused to disavow or stop his occasional bipartisan efforts.

“I’m making that a Tea Party goal to get scoundrels like Lindsey Graham out of office,” Greg Deitz, a Charleston Tea Party organizer, told Politico.

In 2010, about 100 Tea Party activists gathered outside Graham’s office in Greenville, S.C., to protest his support for the bipartisan climate bill. “No cap-and-trade,” they chanted. Two different countywide GOP organizations in South Carolina voted to censure Graham noting that “in the name of bipartisanship — [he] continues to weaken the Republican brand and tarnish the ideals of freedom, rule of law, and fiscal conservatism.”

Tea Party activists routinely booed him when he spoke at town hall meetings. At one gathering at the Bluffton Library in June 2010, activists in the audience interrupted Graham with angry questions and accusations when he asked what the biggest problems facing the world were. One audience member, according to the Beaufort Gazette, told Graham to “be conservative and quit reaching across the aisle.”

Graham further upset the Tea Party by meeting with Obama several times to discuss working together on various issues, such as “closing Guantánamo Bay and bringing terror suspects to justice,” according to Newsweek. Graham was a former military prosecutor who served on the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, and Joe Biden invited him over to his home for a steak dinner to discuss Afghanistan.

In July of 2010, Graham told the New York Times that the Tea Party would “die out” because “they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country.”

A few months later, though, Graham tried to mend a few fences. In September, during a private meeting with Tea Party organizers in North Charleston, he attempted to address Tea Partiers’ concerns. Later, he praised the movement in interviews, including one with Politico where he said Tea Party activists “[came] to Washington talking about reducing spending. Thank God they’re here.” He even tried to get the Senate’s two Tea Party caucus founders, Rand Paul and Mike Lee, to help him push legislation on Social Security in 2011, which would raise the retirement age to 70 and cut retirement benefits for the wealthy. By August 2011, around the second time he asked for a private meeting with local Tea Party leaders, Graham bragged to the Associated Press that his new push for fiscally conservative policies had united him with the conservative right.

The détente did not hold. When Graham was up for reelection in 2014, Tea Partiers were chomping at the bit to defeat him. The only thing they lacked was a candidate who could win in a Republican primary, where Graham needed 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run off.

“There was speculation that he would face severe Tea Party resistance,” says Robert Wislinski, a political strategist based in South Carolina. “[But] that never really materialized.” Graham raised $13 million for the primary race, and mobilized a powerful campaign. Five challengers who were seeking their first elected office, and one incumbant state senator, ran against him, but their combined campaign war chest was only about $2 million. The Republican opposition was split, and Graham’s opponents weren’t particularly well known. Nor did the opposition get any help from national Tea Party activists like Sarah Palin, who remained silent on the race. “The conservative opposition could not unify for the singular purpose of defeating Graham,” wrote the conservative blog RedState in January, and Graham won with 56 percent of the vote.

So Graham beat the Tea Party and went on to win easily the general election. But will his presidential bid give Tea Partiers another chance to cause him political pain?

So far, the Tea Party has been silent on his campaign. The South Carolina Tea Party convention did not respond to request for comment, and neither did multiple national Tea Party organizations.

Either way, Graham’s hawkish rhetoric and lack of national popularity make his chances for election pretty low. If the Tea Party has their way, those chances might be even lower.


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Finding good bagels outside of New York is impossible, and here’s why

Grist.org - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:15

Leave it to science to finally confirm what I’ve been saying out here on the West Coast for, well, ever: A New York bagel, in all its culinary beauty, is a unique work of art. It’s one that cannot and will not ever be topped by any other city, on any coast. Watch the video above to find out why.


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CIA to close a secretive climate change science program

Grist.org - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 20:49

This story is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboratio

On Wednesday, when President Barack Obama spoke at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s commencement ceremony, he called climate change “an immediate risk to our national security.” In recent months, the Obama administration has repeatedly highlighted the international threats posed by global warming and has emphasized the need for the country’s national security agencies to study and confront the issue.

So some national security experts were surprised to learn that an important component of that effort has been ended. A CIA spokesperson confirmed to Climate Desk that the agency is shuttering its main climate research program. Under the program, known as Medea, the CIA had allowed civilian scientists to access classified data — such as ocean temperature and tidal readings gathered by Navy submarines and topography data collected by spy satellites — in an effort to glean insights about how global warming could create security threats around the world. In theory, the program benefited both sides: Scientists could study environmental data that was much higher-resolution than they would normally have access to, and the CIA received research insights about climate-related threats.

But now, the program has come to a close.

“Under the Medea program to examine the implications of climate change, CIA participated in various projects,” a CIA spokesperson explained in a statement. “These projects have been completed and CIA will employ these research results and engage external experts as it continues to evaluate the national security implications of climate change.”

The program was originally launched in 1992 during the George H.W. Bush administration and was later shut down during President George W. Bush’s term. It was relaunched under the Obama administration in 2010, with the aim of providing security clearances to roughly 60 climate scientists. Those scientists were given access to classified information that could be useful for researching global warming and tracking environmental changes that could have national security implications. Data gathered by the military and intelligence agencies is often of much higher quality than what civilian scientists normally work with.

In some cases, that data could then be declassified and published, although Francesco Femia, co-director of the Center for Climate and Security, said it is usually impossible to know whether any particular study includes data from Medea. “You wouldn’t see [Medea] referenced anywhere” in a peer-reviewed paper, he said. But he pointed to the CIA’s annual Worldwide Threat Assessment, which includes multiple references to climate change, as a probable Medea product, where the CIA likely partnered with civilian scientists to analyze classified data.

With the closure of the program, it remains unclear how much of this sort of data will remain off-limits to climate scientists. The CIA did not respond to questions about what is currently being done with the data that would have been available under the program.

Marc Levy, a Columbia University political scientist, said he was surprised to learn that Medea had been shut down. “The climate problems are getting worse in a way that our data systems are not equipped to handle,” said Levy, who was not a participant in the CIA program but has worked closely with the U.S. intelligence community on climate issues since the 1990s. “There’s a growing gap between what we can currently get our hands on, and what we need to respond better. So that’s inconsistent with the idea that Medea has run out of useful things to do.”

The program had some notable successes. During the Clinton administration, Levy said, it gave researchers access to classified data on sea ice measurements taken by submarines, an invaluable resource for scientists studying climate change at the poles. And last fall, NASA released a trove of high-resolution satellite elevation maps that can be used to project the impacts of flooding. But Levy said the Defense Department possesses even higher-quality satellite maps that have not been released.

Still, it’s possible Medea had outlived its useful life, said Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a 23-year veteran of the CIA who had first-hand knowledge of the program before leaving the agency in 2009. He said he was not surprised to see Medea close down.

“In my judgment, the CIA is not the best lead agency for the issue; the agency’s ‘in-box’ is already overflowing with today’s threats and challenges,” he said via email. “CIA has little strategic planning reserves, relatively speaking, and its overseas presence is heavily action-oriented.”

Over the past several years, climate change has gained prominence among defense experts, many of whom see it as a “threat multiplier” that can exacerbate crises such as infectious disease and terrorism. Medea had been part of a larger network of climate-related initiatives across the national security community. Medea’s closure notwithstanding, that network appears to be growing. Last fall, Obama issued an executive order calling on federal agencies to collaborate on developing and sharing climate data and making it accessible to the public.

But the CIA’s work on climate change has drawn heavy fire from a group of congressional Republicans led by Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.). Barrasso said last year that he believes that “the climate is constantly changing” and that “the role human activity plays is not known.” He recently authored an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he listed the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere as “greater challenges” than climate change. (The Syrian civil war, however, was likely worsened by climate change.)

Around the time Medea was reinstated by the Obama administration, the CIA formed a new office to oversee climate efforts called the Center for Climate Change. At the time, Barrasso said the spy agency “should be focused on monitoring terrorists in caves, not polar bears on icebergs.” That office was closed in 2012 (the agency wouldn’t say why), leaving Medea as the CIA’s main climate research program.

So does the conclusion of Medea signal that the CIA is throwing in the towel on climate altogether? Unlikely, according to Femia. At this point, he said, U.S. security agencies, including the CIA, are still sorting out what resources they can best offer in the effort to adapt to climate change. Regardless of whether the CIA is facilitating civilian research, he said, “continuing to integrate climate change information into its assessments of both unstable and stable regions of the world will be critical.”

“Otherwise,” added Femia, “we will have a blind spot that prevents us from adequately protecting the United States.”


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NY's Atmananda Yoga Studio Launches Its Patented...

PR Web - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 20:38

The popular Atmananda Yoga Mat™ serves as an on-the-go map for finding proper alignment during yoga practice, in an effort to reduce yoga injuries.

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Bird B Gone, Inc. Offers New Box Sizes of Stainless Steel Bird Spikes

PR Web - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 20:38

Bird B Gone, the leader in bird control products for commercial, industrial and residential applications recently added new box sizes of its Stainless Steel Bird Spikes to its comprehensive lineup of...

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SAE International’s Automotive Engineering Magazine Wins “2015 Best...

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SAE International’s magazine, Automotive Engineering, was honored with min’s 2015 Best of the Web & Digital Award.

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Northern Westchester Hospital Surgeon Mitchell Roslin, MD Conducts...

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New Surgical Technique – Stomach Intestinal Pylorus-Sparing Surgery, SIPS – Addresses Challenges of Established Weight Loss Surgeries

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Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions Celebrates with NHL for 2015...

PR Web - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 20:38

Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions HQ of Orlando, FL, a company well known for pioneering sustainability solutions in stadiums across the country, esteems NHL and Amalie Arena for “green”...

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Scientists may have found a solution for space pollution

Grist.org - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 20:31

When someone says, “This is where the laser cannon comes in,” that person is usually either joking or plotting to take over the world. But in a surprising turn of events, Discover Magazine editor Corey S. Powell wrote that on his blog yesterday and was neither joking nor (as far as we know) plotting to take over the world.

The laser in question is the brain child of a group of Japanese researchers, and it would basically be the world’s most badass trash collector. And by trash, I mean space junk, which, as Powell explains, is becoming a pretty big problem:

There are about 25,000 human-made objects larger than your fist flying around in orbit, and about half a million pieces bigger than a dime. If you include millimeter-scale shrapnel, the number of rogue bits reaches deep into the millions. Typical speeds in low-Earth orbit are about 30,000 kilometers per hour (18,000 miles per hour), ten times the velocity of a rifle bullet. You see the problem: A little impact can pack a big wallop.

And when all these dead satellites, rocket parts, etc. start to collide, they’ll break into more pieces, which means more collisions, which means more pieces, which means — you get the point. This phenomenon is known as the Kessler syndrome, named after the NASA scientist who brought attention to the runaway space junk problem back in 1978. Here’s more from Powell:

So far, there have not been any space-junk catastrophes remotely resembling the sensationalized events in the movie Gravity, but the reality is still disconcerting. In 2009, a $50 million Iridium communications satellite was destroyed by a collision with a defunct Russian satellite. Three years later, the Fermi space observatory had a near miss with another Soviet-era satellite. NASA had to clad the International Space Station in shielding to protect it from repeated small impacts, and the agency sometimes moves the whole station to dodge larger pieces of junk. Orbiting debris adds cost and risk to the space business.

If all this junk stays up there, it’ll eventually make its way into geosynchronous orbit, where it will circle the Earth roughly once every 24 hours for all of eternity, becoming not only a dangerous obstacle for future space missions, but ultimately, the ruins of a species that never did learn how to clean up after itself.

So you see, “this is where the laser cannon comes in.”

Scientists would use the laser in combination with a telescope that could track down debris just one centimeter in size. Once a piece of junk is identified, the laser would blast it out of orbit and into Earth’s atmosphere, where it would burn up and never hit the ground.

The idea sounds crazy, yes, but according to Powell, other proposals for dealing with space junk involve nets, lassos, magnets, slingshot satellites, and giant vacuums (just kidding — space is a giant vacuum!). So maybe a laser cannon isn’t such a long shot, after all?

The researchers behind the project announced in April that they plan to deploy a small-scale proof of concept on the International Space Station, and if that’s successful, they’ll build a bigger system that would be able to zap trash within a roughly 65-mile radius.

But ideally, Powell says, space junk wouldn’t exist at all:

In the long run, the best way to deal with space junk is never to create it in the first place. One of the most important principles here is what is called design for demise–that is, engineering satellites so that they will automatically de-orbit and remove themselves from the trash pile within, say, 25 years of the end of their mission.

One way to “design for demise” would be to build satellites that deploy solar sails to gently guide them to a fiery death in Earth’s atmosphere when they’re no longer needed — an idea that sounds both beautiful and like something that Bill Nye would totally approve of.


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