Britain to ban Disposable Plastic – Cotton Buds, Drink Stirrers, Drinking Straws…

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The UK Government has announced a ban on cotton buds, drink stirrers and plastic drinking straws to combat the “scourge” of plastic pollution. Cotton buds and plastic straws could be banned in England next year Consultation to start later this year as Theresa May continues drive against single-use plastic waste…

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Curious Circles in Arctic Sea Ice

NASA’s Operation IceBridge—the airborne mission flown annually over both polar regions—is now in its tenth year making flights over the Arctic. That’s a lot of flight hours spent mapping the region’s land ice and sea ice. But on April 14, 2018, IceBridge mission scientist John Sonntag spotted something he had never seen before. Sonntag snapped…

Martian Muddy Waters

No… Martian Muddy Waters is not an extraterrestrial blues musician.  It’s just a catchy title that links Mars, mud and water together. Guest post by David Middleton Clear as mud: Desiccation cracks help reveal the shape of water on Mars BOULDER, CO, USA: As Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet’s watery past comes…