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Africa’s oldest human burial and 5 other top space and science stories this week

Welcome to Wonder Theory, your weekly space and science digest. Each day, we’re weaving the story that will remain once we’re gone. These imprints left behind, however small, are what we use to learn about our ancient ancestors. All of the insights collected from the past illustrate the evolution of humanity over thousands of years,…

Lunar telescope could reveal the Dark Ages of the universe

Scientists want to build a radio telescope on the far side of the moon to help pull back the curtain on the mysteries surrounding the beginning of the universe. While not an official full-fledged NASA mission, the concept of the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope, or LCRT, has been in development for years. The project recently…

Mars helicopter successfully flies to a new destination

It’s the little chopper that could. After four historic flights, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter successfully flew to a new destination. The 4-pound chopper conducted a one-way flight to its new airfield on Friday. As with previous flights, Ingenuity took off from Wright Brothers Field, but it’s not coming back. This time, Ingenuity ascended 16 feet…

Must-watch videos of the week

The Village People make an unplanned appearance, a gator gets put back where it belongs and a TV star’s PSA goes global. These are the must-watch videos of the week. ‘In the Navy’ CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell cracked up while listening to the Village People interrupt a congressional hearing. At the same…

Covid deaths may be double what we thought

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 3 million lives, an almost unfathomable human toll. Now, new figures suggest that the true global Covid-19 death toll has been grossly undercounted. Coronavirus has killed 6.9 million people, more than double the 3.2 million deaths that have been officially reported worldwide, according to analysis from the Institute…

Wasps have a bad rap. This summer, let’s learn to love them

Before you swat a stinging wasp away from your next picnic, pause to consider the delicate and beautiful hammer orchid. The Australian flowers evolved to resemble the rear end of a female thynnine wasp. It’s a ruse to attract male thynnine wasps. When a passing wasp makes his move on the flower — tries to…

China’s annual emissions surpass those of all developed nations combined, report finds

China’s annual emissions exceeded those of all developed nations combined in 2019, the first time this has happened since national greenhouse gas emissions have been measured, according to a new report from the Rhodium Group. Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to make his country carbon neutral by 2060, and climate policy is seen as…

The Milky Way — the ultimate wishing well

One of my family’s favorite activities is sitting around the firepit under a clear night sky, equipped with blankets and all the fixings for s’mores, of course. The pandemic patio purchase has served us well on Saturday nights throughout the seasons as we look to the stars as our entertainment. We point out the constellations…

This tiny dinosaur hunted in the dark and heard better than an owl

With unusually large eyes and hair-trigger hearing, the tiny desert-dwelling dinosaur hunted its prey at night, offering more definitive evidence that dinosaurs weren’t only active in the daytime. It’s one of the findings of two ground-breaking studies published Thursday that examined and reconstructed the inner ears of ancient fossilized beasts and compared them with the…

The US backs waiving vaccine patents. Now what?

US President Joe Biden’s administration said Wednesday it would support the easing of patent rules on Covid-19 vaccines, potentially expanding global supplies, as a devastating wave envelops India and calls grow louder for rich countries to narrow the gap with the developing world. Biden had promised to support such waivers as a candidate ahead of…

Rich nations urged to share vaccine knowledge as WTO debates waiving patents

Members of the World Trade Organization are to discuss a proposal to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments Wednesday amid growing international pressure for greater access for developing nations. Rights campaigners have also called for G7 foreign and development ministers who are meeting in London to consider the question of overriding pharmaceutical…

‘Oddball supernova’ reveals star’s death throes before exploding

Stars experience very violent lives that usually end in dazzling explosions, and scientists have tried for years to determine what happens to massive stars just before this bombastic finale. Now, an unusual supernova is helping researchers piece more of that stellar puzzle together. An international team of researchers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to observe…

Parker Solar Probe detects a radio signal from Venus’ atmosphere

The Parker Solar Probe is on a mission to study the sun, but it keeps discovering new, intriguing things about our mysterious planetary neighbor Venus. The NASA spacecraft flew by Venus last summer and detected a natural radio signal from Earth’s twin. This signal revealed that the probe actually passed through the upper atmosphere of…

Why we ‘may not get to zero’ on Covid

President Joe Biden predicted a return to some normalcy “by the end of the summer” on Monday, but health experts are increasingly doubtful that the United States will reach herd immunity from Covid-19. America’s outlook is rosier now than it has been in months; daily coronavirus cases and deaths have fallen to one-fifth of what…

Hubble spies rare giant star battling against self-destruction

Some stars live fast and look beautiful doing it before they die young in a brilliant explosion. AG Carinae, a blue giant star located 20,000 light-years from Earth in the Milky Way galaxy, is one of those stars. This bright star’s explosive infamous temper tantrums are part of what make it so scintillating. The Hubble…

Will US lift vaccine patents?

As India’s explosive outbreak spills beyond its borders, the West and its drug companies are under growing pressure to waive intellectual property rights to Covid-19 vaccines and treatments so more countries can start making them. On Sunday, the US acknowledged those calls, with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain telling CBS News that US…

Black physicist rethinks the ‘dark’ in dark matter

When many kids were running around playing tag or video games, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein was thinking about particle physics. After her mother took her to see “A Brief History of Time,” Errol Morris’ 1991 documentary about theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, she fell in love with the discipline. She was just 10 years old. Nearly 30 years…

A rare and protected Osprey nest was chopped down in Wales, police say

Police in Wales want to know who cut down an osprey nesting platform on Friday, sending the rare and protected birds’ nest and their freshly-laid egg crashing into the lake below. The Brenig Osprey Project said in a post on social media that the “horrific act of vandalism” happened at about 9:45 p.m. at Brenig…

Apollo 11 legend dies and 5 other top space and science stories this week

Welcome to Wonder Theory, your weekly space and science digest. Space missions provide us with an incredible gift beyond knowledge: perspective. More color photos taken by the Ingenuity helicopter this week revealed what it looks like to fly on Mars, with the Perseverance rover making a cameo. It’s astounding to think of a 4-pound rotorcraft…

Tang! The space-age drink that’s still a worldwide staple

When you think of Tang — if you think of Tang at all — you probably think of its association with the United States space program in the 1960s. After all, “Tang was chosen for the Gemini astronauts,” as a 1966 advertisement for the classic orange drink stated. Gemini was NASA’s second human spaceflight mission…

After fourth successful flight, Mars helicopter gets a new mission

After four successful flights on Mars, the Ingenuity helicopter is graduating to a new phase of its mission and will fly for at least another month on the red planet. The little 4-pound chopper has achieved all of its objectives — and now it will chase after new ones. This also means the Perseverance rover…

Must-watch videos of the week

Ted Cruz takes a snooze, a weatherman gets an on-air surprise and a gator tries to join a soccer team. These are the must-watch videos of the week. A little shut eye Ted Cruz looks like he took a little nap during President Biden’s recent speech. Folks online roasted the senator for nodding off, but…

Two nations stagger under the onslaught of Covid

Flames crackle over the wails and prayers of grieving families as they mourn loved ones lost to Covid-19, whose bodies are laid on funeral pyres that burn through the night in India’s capital, New Delhi. The families’ grief reflects the unfolding tragedy in India — now at the epicenter of the global pandemic — Jessie…

Crush at religious festival in Israel’s Mount Meron kills 45 people

Hundreds of buses stretched over miles of winding road were ferrying thousands of worshipers off Mount Meron in northern Israel on Friday after 45 people were killed and some 150 others injured in a crush at a mass Jewish gathering overnight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident a “huge disaster,” while paramedics described…

Mars helicopter will get another chance at daring fourth flight Friday

The Ingenuity helicopter had risen to every challenge it faced on Mars so far, and now it’s confronting a new one. But the little chopper will live to fly another day — specifically on Friday. Ingenuity was supposed to lift off Thursday for a flight that pushed it further, faster and longer than before. However,…

Biden’s Covid case for big government

The pandemic occupied a major part of US President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress on Wednesday, as he made a sweeping case for big government that would transform and vastly expand its role in Americans’ lives. “Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation, America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility,…

China successfully launches first module of planned space station

For more than two decades, the International Space Station has orbited 227 nautical miles above Earth with more than 200 astronauts from 19 different countries enjoying stints aboard. But its role as the sole venue for a continuous human presence in space, scientific research and a testing ground for future space exploration is coming to…

Saber-toothed cats stalked and ate baby mammoths

The comedy film “Ice Age” humorously depicted a saber-toothed cat and a mammoth as misfit friends, but in prehistoric times the feline carnivore was a formidable predator that preyed on the young of the large mammal. The scimitar-toothed cat, or Homotherium serum, hunted 2-year-old mammoths, new research published mid-April in the journal Current Biology has…

A new species of cute but poisonous ‘pumpkin’ toads discovered in Brazil

A new species of tiny, neon orange toadlets was discovered in the mountains of Brazil. This amphibian measures in at just under an inch and is a part of the pumpkin toadlet genus, a collection of tiny, bright-colored toads, according to a study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE. First believed to belong to an existing…

Spot the Perseverance rover in this new Mars helicopter photo

It’s time for a little game of I Spy on Mars. The Ingenuity Mars helicopter in the last week has aced all three of its planned test flights so far, with each one a little longer, farther and faster than the last. During each flight, the Perseverance rover has been perched on an overlook at…

The rich world has failed India

The rich world has yet to provide a global response to the pandemic, a failure that’s hitting hard in India. On Wednesday, the official Covid-19 death toll in that country surpassed 200,000 as it hit another global record of 360,960 new infections. The US President’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said as much during…

These meteorites landed on Earth after a 22-million-year voyage

For the first time, scientists have been able to precisely map the flight path of an asteroid that landed on Earth and trace it back to its point of origin. The boulder-size fragment’s journey to our planet began 22 million years ago, according to new research. The asteroid, known as 2018 LA, appeared like a…

The coronavirus is ravaging India. Here’s how you can help

India is experiencing the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak. The country has had more than 17.6 million cases since the pandemic began last year. But experts fear the the real number could be up to 30 times higher. Grieving families are struggling to keep themselves and their loved ones safe amid an overwhelmed health care system,…

Aid to India is a ‘drop in the ocean’

India is in crisis. Hospitals have run out of supplies, family members are desperately driving from clinic to clinic in search of a spare bed for their loved ones, and mass cremations are a daily occurrence, as hundreds of thousands more people are infected with Covid-19 each day. The country has reported more than 17.6…

Titanium bubbles discovered in supernova could help solve mystery of exploding stars

Titanium has been discovered in the beautiful remnants of the Cassiopeia A supernova about 11,000 light-years away. This discovery could help scientists understand what leads some giant stars to explode, according to the new study. Observations of the supernova were made using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has been in operation since 1999, between 2000…

Will Biden share vaccines with India?

The Biden administration said it will deploy additional supplies and support to India in response to mounting pressure to help the Covid-19 stricken nation. India, which is second only to the United States in total case count, broke global records for the fifth straight day Monday with 352,991 new coronavirus infections. The country’s brutal second wave of…

Full moon in April 2021: When to see the ‘Pink’ supermoon

April’s full moon is the “pink” moon, and it’s a supermoon, too. Catch it in the night sky this Monday. This moon will be at its fullest on Monday at 11:32 p.m. ET, according to NASA. Supermoons appear bigger and brighter in the sky because they are slightly closer to Earth. Interpretations of what qualifies…

Mars helicopter achieves fastest, farthest flight yet

The Ingenuity helicopter has successfully flown for the third time on Mars in a week. This time, the helicopter logged a flight that was faster, farther and bolder than the previous ones, according to NASA. Ingenuity exceeded speeds and distances beyond what it proved capable of doing during testing on Earth before launching to Mars.…

New Milky Way map reveals a wave of stars in our galaxy’s outer reaches

A new map reveals the outskirts of the Milky Way galaxy, including a wave of stars disturbed by a small galaxy on a collision course with our own. Data collected from the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission and NASA’s Near Earth Object Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer has been used by astronomers to map the…

Mars first flight unlocked and 5 other top space and science stories this week

Welcome to Wonder Theory, your weekly space and science digest. When Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon’s surface in 1969, it became a defining moment for the space age. For the first time, humans truly explored beyond their home — and it won’t be the last. We were witnesses to history once again as two…

Mars helicopter shares first aerial color photo and preps for Sunday flight

So this is what the view looks like when flying on Mars. The Ingenuity helicopter captured its first color image from 17 feet (5.2 meters) above the Martian surface during its second flight on April 22. And now, it’s preparing for a third flight, scheduled for Sunday. Ingenuity autonomously flew for almost 52 seconds during…

These monkeys formed an unlikely friendship after Hurricane Maria wrecked their home

In the face of a natural disaster, one group of furry creatures used the opportunity to form new friendships. After Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico in 2017 and caused immense damage, researchers found rhesus macaques, a species of monkey living on Cayo Santiago became more sociable with each other, according to a study published…

UK lawmakers declare China’s treatment of Uyghurs is genocide

British lawmakers have unanimously declared China’s ongoing crackdown in Xinjiang a genocide, joining the United States, Canada and the Netherlands in condemning Beijing’s actions against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the far-west region in the strongest possible terms. China has been accused of detaining up to 2 million people in a system of camps…

Mars Ingenuity helicopter successfully completes second, riskier flight

The Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed a second flight on Mars Thursday, and it was even more challenging than the first. Ingenuity autonomously flew for almost 52 seconds this time, climbing 16 feet (4.9 meters) up through the Martian atmosphere. After a brief hover, it tilted at a 5-degree angle and moved sideways for 7 feet…

On Earth Day, here’s the view from space

The view from space of our planet’s most impressive natural and constructed landmarks is striking, and not just on this year’s Earth Day. The long and winding Grand Canyon; the European Union’s longest river, the Danube; and the 13,000 miles of the Great Wall of China become almost abstract works of art when photographed from…

Perseverance rover just made oxygen on Mars

The Perseverance rover may be parked at an overlook to capture any flights by the Ingenuity helicopter over the next two weeks, but it’s not wasting any of its time on Mars. The rover on Tuesday successfully converted some of the plentiful carbon dioxide on Mars into oxygen as a first test of its MOXIE…

Record-breaking flare erupts from neighboring star

A giant flare that is 100 times more powerful than any flare our sun has ever released has erupted from a nearby star, a new study says. Proxima Centauri is our sun’s nearest stellar neighbor at 4 light-years, or 25 trillion miles, away. It’s a small, dim red dwarf star with just an eighth of…

India’s health care system close to collapse

India’s health care system and other essential services are close to collapse as a second coronavirus wave that started in mid-March tears through the country with devastating speed. On Wednesday, the country saw its highest daily rise in infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic — 295,041 new Covid-19 cases and 2,023 fatalities…

Lyrid meteor shower peaks predawn April 22. Here’s how to watch

Every year from January to mid-April, we experience a “meteor drought,” without a single shower for months. That all ends April 22 this year with the first show of the season: the annual Lyrid meteor shower. “These dazzling meteors are fast and bright, with a striking golden trail of dust streaking behind them,” CNN meteorologist…

Dalai Lama and 100 other Nobel Prize laureates call for fossil fuels to be phased out

As the world’s most powerful leaders prepare to come together for the President Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit, the Dalai Lama and 100 other Nobel Prize winners have a clear message for them: Keep fossil fuels in the ground. The 101 Nobel laureates have written to Biden and those attending the meeting on Thursday, urging…

Tyrannosaurus rex walked surprisingly slowly, new study finds

Tyrannosaurus rex was a fearsome predator, but it sure wasn’t a particularly fast mover. In fact, most humans could easily keep up with the dinosaur without breaking a sweat. T. rex would have covered just under 3 miles in an hour — a speed similar to that of humans and many other animals — at…

This is what an asteroid looks like after playing tag with a spacecraft

When NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft swept in to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020, it left a noticeable mark. New images captured by the spacecraft after a close flyby of the asteroid April 7 show the aftermath following the brief touchdown of OSIRIS-REx, which had collected 2 ounces of rocky material. During…

What the pandemic’s new normal looks like around the world, according to readers

Across the globe, the coronavirus pandemic has brought isolation, shut down travel and shown there are few places to hide from a virus that preys on impatience. But this time of extremis has also yielded unexpected moments of humanity, personal connections and insight about the world, say “Meanwhile” readers. Marcia, who in October moved from…

Faltering vaccine supplies in India is bad news for the world

The world’s biggest vaccine producer is running out of Covid-19 shots as it struggles to keep pace with a huge surge in new infections. India typically produces more than 60% of all vaccines sold globally, and is home to the Serum Institute of India (SII), the globe’s largest vaccine maker. This vast manufacturing capability is why the country is a major…

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity successfully completed its historic first flight

The Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its historic flight on Mars and safely landed back on the surface, according to NASA. The first powered, controlled flight on another planet took place at 3:30 a.m. ET. Unlike when the helicopter’s fellow traveler, the Perseverance rover, landed on Mars on February 18, there was a bit of…

The world’s next skateboard star is a 6-year-old Australian girl riding ramps double her size

While her kindergarten classmates spend their free time playing with blocks and running around outside, Paige Tobin has been busy dropping into 12-foot high skateboard ramps, amassing a burgeoning online fanbase, and challenging gender stereotypes. Paige, 6, of Lake Macquarie, Australia, nabbed the world’s attention last week after an Instagram video of her skating in…

Mars didn’t lose all of its water at once, based on Curiosity rover find

Mars was a warm, wet planet that was likely capable of supporting life billions of years ago. Something caused the planet to lose its atmosphere and turn into the harsh, frozen desert it is today. The Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012, has been exploring different aspects of Gale Crater on Mars to…

Alexey Navalny’s press secretary says he’s ‘dying’ as Russian prosecutors target his foundation

The Moscow Prosecutor’s Office filed a lawsuit on Friday with Moscow City Court seeking to label jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation known as FBK and his headquarters as “extremist” organizations. Meanwhile, Navalny’s supporters say that his medical condition is rapidly deteriorating. His press secretary said that Navalny was “dying” and his doctors said…

Space is the final frontier for archaeologists

The boot prints left by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong are a tangible legacy of one of humanity’s greatest achievements — putting a man on the moon. It’s a technological feat easily on par with Egypt’s pyramids, the Great Wall or Stonehenge — but how should the Apollo 11 mission site and others be preserved…

Mars helicopter’s first flight could happen on Monday

The Ingenuity helicopter is preparing for its historic flight on Mars Monday if everything goes according to plan. The first powered, controlled flight on another planet will take place at 3:30 a.m. ET on April 19, according to NASA. Unlike when the helicopter’s fellow traveler, the Perseverance rover, landed on Mars on February 18, we…

Quest to land humans on Mars heats up and 5 other top space and science stories this week

A version of this story appeared in Wonder Theory, the first-ever CNN space and science newsletter, which launched Saturday. Subscribe here and be among the first to receive the week’s most fascinating stories, delivered straight to your inbox every Saturday morning. Welcome to Wonder Theory, your weekly space and science digest. Maybe you wanted to…

Global Covid-19 death toll passes 3 million as cases surge

More than three million people globally have died of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins University said on Saturday. With 566,224 deaths, the US has the highest number of fatalities, followed by Brazil with 368,749 and Mexico with 211,693. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday the pandemic was at a…

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and two Russian cosmonauts have landed back on Earth

Just days after the International Space Station’s crew reached 10 people, three have returned to Earth. Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins ended their 185-day mission on the space station Friday. Their departure in the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft aired live on NASA’s TV channel and website. The hatch closed…

Must-watch videos of the week

A driver-less boat goes nuts, a pupper gets a horrific adoption ad and popcorn salad stuns the internet. These are the must-watch videos of the week. Berserk boat alert The Coast Guard had to stop a small craft that was out of control off the coast of Miami, after the owner and only passenger had…

Brood X is almost here. Billions of cicadas to emerge in eastern US

Love is in the air this spring in the eastern United States, where billions of cicadas will soon appear in the biggest emergence event since 2004. The insects are part of a group called Brood X — also known as the Great Eastern Brood — which is expected in a geographical range stretching from Tennessee…

Giant radio pulses and X-ray surges are coming from the Crab Nebula

The hauntingly beautiful Crab Nebula, located 6,500 light-years away in the Taurus constellation, is releasing an incredible amount of energy. The nebula is six light-years wide, and it’s a growing cloud of debris formed from a supernova explosion. (A light-year is six trillion miles). The light from this supernova first reached Earth in July 1054…

Researchers now have an estimate for just how many T. rex once roamed Earth

Billions of Tyrannosaurus rex roamed North America during their fascinating reign as top predators, according to a team of researchers that went about the daunting task of making the calculation. Paleontologists from the University of California, Berkeley, set out to put a number on how many T. rex lived during the Cretaceous period — about…

Habitat and species loss leaves just 3% of world’s land ecosystems intact, study suggests

Just under 3% of the world’s land remains ecologically intact, with undisturbed habitat and minimal loss of its original animal species, a new study suggests. The research, published Thursday in the journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, combined maps showing human damage to habitat with maps showing where animals have disappeared from their original…

The US could have 300M extra vaccines. Why won’t it share?

The United States could have around 300 million excess Covid-19 shots by the end of July, health policy experts at Duke University estimated in a report Thursday, calling on the country to share doses more widely to address the stark inequality around global vaccine distribution. The US has provided limited shipments of AstraZeneca’s vaccine —…

Why Mars? The fascination with exploring the red planet

The mystique of Mars is one that humans can’t seem to resist. The red planet has easily captured our interest for centuries, heavily featured in science fiction books and films and the subject of robotic exploration since the 1960s. In February, three spacecraft arrived at Mars after departing from different launch points on Earth in…

Johnson & Johnson rare blood clot concerns deal new blow to global vaccination drive

Reports that the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine may, in extremely rare cases, cause blood clots has dealt a fresh blow to the world’s vaccination drive, just weeks after similar concerns were raised over the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. On Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson said it would suspend shots across the United…

Eat like an astronaut (or a TikTok star) with these tortilla hacks

For astronauts aboard the International Space Station, sourdough is off-limits and whole wheat is out of bounds. It’s not because anyone is on a gluten-free diet, however. Tortillas are preferred over bread in a weightless environment because they don’t crumble and leave crumbs floating around, according to NASA. Since the astronauts don’t have the luxury…

There’s a fix for what ails the Mars helicopter’s software

The first flight of the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars is still delayed, but the mission’s team is working on a solution to make it possible. The helicopter returned data to mission teams on Earth late Friday evening that caused NASA to reschedule the first flight. Ingenuity conducted a high-speed test of its rotors Friday, but…

What alien raindrops on other planets have in common with rain on Earth

Our solar system boasts a diverse range of planets, but some of them may share a common phenomenon with Earth: raindrops. Rain on other planets is something scientists are still striving to understand, but new research has suggested raindrops themselves are incredibly similar even in different planetary environments. The more scientists know about clouds and…

WHO calls for ‘reality check’ as global Covid-19 cases surge for seventh week

The World Health Organization has warned that the world needs a “reality check” on the state of the pandemic, as countries abandon restrictions despite four weeks of rising deaths and seven weeks of rising cases globally. Maria van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead for coronavirus response, said 4.4 million Covid-19 infections had been recorded across…

Microplastics in our air ‘spiral the globe’ in a cycle of pollution, study finds

Tiny bits of plastic from your packaging and soda bottles could be traveling in the atmosphere across entire continents, carried by winds, a new study found. Most of our plastic waste gets buried in landfills, incinerated or recycled — but up to 18% ends up in the environment. Since plastic isn’t easily decomposable it instead…

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