This marks the first time plastic, previously thought to be a man-made product, has been found growing in its natural environment. The discovery could revolutionise the way humanity looks at waste and recycling.
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Measles was declared eliminated in the USA in the year 2,000, with this year having the highest number of confirmed cases since then. Supporters of The Plague Plan argue that this shows just how much can be done with previously eliminated diseases in a short amount of time when you have the right marketing campaign.
The announcement signals the completion of the easy part of the long awaited ‘Male contraceptive pill’ – the development and testing of a pill that is safe for men to use without any significant side-effects. The hardest part will be getting men, who on average tend to take at least six months to complete an item on their ‘to do’ list, to remember to take it.
Ms Koch will now conduct Friday’s spacewalk with her male colleague Nick Hague. In a statement NASA said ‘In the spirit of the mission Mr Hague will only take on minor tasks such as launching, landing, installing the batteries, that kind of the thing. But the real important jobs like handing him the screwdriver and having a general tidy up will be carried out by Ms Koch.’