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15% Chance North Atlantic Current Partially Collapses In The Next Century, Scientists Say

by Trevor Nace, Forbes

The North Atlantic current is a key reason western Europe is unusually warm given its latitude. Now, scientists believe there is a 15% chance of a partial collapse in the coming century.

The current transports warm water from the Gulf of Mexico up the southeastern coast of the United States, breaks from the coast at Cape Hatteras, NC, and heads for northwestern Europe. The ocean is a powerful transporter of heat, providing comparatively warm conditions in northwestern Europe.

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Europe is sending a robot to clean up space. Why is the junk there in the first place?

by Jessie Yeung, CNN Business

A self-destructing robot will be sent into orbit on the world’s first space cleanup mission, European scientists announced Monday, a fresh approach to fixing up the galaxy’s junk graveyard.

Our orbit is filled with garbage, including chunks of dead satellites, discarded rockets, and paint flecks that have fallen off them. The mission, named ClearSpace-1, will take the first step in tidying up this extraterrestrial wasteland, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

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