There’s no shortage of space debris orbiting Earth. However, occasionally an object comes along that perplexes scientists. Such is the case with an unidentified “empty trash bag object” recently discovered.

Scientists are fairly certain the object is simply something left over from a rocket launch, such as a piece of metallic foil. This particular object first stood out because it was orbiting in the opposite direction from which it normally would. It was examined by experts working at London’s Northolt Branch Observatories, who dubbed it an empty trash bag object.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

Will an Asteroid Impact Earth in 2023?

It sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie, but it could become all too real during the year 2023, a new report says. According to a newspaper called Express, experts are concerned about an asteroid that could hit Earth in the year 2023. The asteroid would have a force that’s approximately 1,500 times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs combined.

But before you start building an underground shelter, other experts are debunking the report. NASA’s website says the asteroid will, indeed, come close to Earth as much as 62 times between the years 2023 and 2117, with the pass on August 8, 2023 coming closest. But the chance of that asteroid hitting Earth on that day is only one in 370 million.

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Scientists have been experimenting with ways to feed humans in space. But that same technology could be put to use on Earth, where food shortages are already a real problem across the globe. NASA has taken up the challenge, using technology to speed breed six generations of crops each year.

The work is being done at the John Innes Centre, where scientists are going well beyond the annual production rate of two generations of crops. By being able to triple crop production, scientists believe they’ll able to fast-track developments like greater resistance to disease and global warming. They’ll also be able to produce a higher volume of crops to help reduce the food insecurities in various areas.

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