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Giant plastic ‘berg blocks Indonesian river

A crisis of plastic waste in Indonesia has become so acute that the army has been called in to help. Rivers and canals are clogged with dense masses of bottles, bags and other plastic packaging. Officials say they are engaged in a “battle” against waste that accumulates as quickly as …

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Europe’s Mars rover takes shape

So, here it is. Europe’s Mars rover. Or rather, a copy of it. This is what they call the Structural Thermal Model, or STM. It is one of three rovers that will be built as part of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2020 mission to search for life on the …

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Plankton named after BBC Blue Planet series

A type of plankton described as part of “the beating heart” of the oceans has been named after the BBC’s Blue Planet series. The tiny plant-like organism is regarded as a key element of the marine ecosystem. Scientists at University College London (UCL) bestowed the honour on Sir David Attenborough …

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