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In today's edition:

// Space lasers

// Virgin Galactic

// Sea power

// Microplastics

'Limitless' energy: How offshore floating solar could power population hotspots | Renew Economy

"Vast arrays of solar panels floating on calm seas near the Equator could provide effectively unlimited solar energy to densely populated countries in Southeast Asia and West Africa.

Our new research shows offshore solar in Indonesia alone could generate about 35,000 terawatt-hours (TWh) of solar energy a year, which is similar to current global electricity production (30,000TWh per year)."

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British passenger, 80, on first Virgin Galactic space tourist flight says it was 'completely surreal' | Yahoo!

"An 80-year-old British ex-Olympian has described the 'completely surreal' feeling of being on Virgin Galactic's first space tourism flight. Jon Goodwin, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, joined Keisha Schahaff, 46, and her daughter Anastatia Mayers, 18, who is studying physics in Aberdeen, on the VSS Unity for the 90-minute trip. Virgin announced the flight's safe return at 4.39pm UK time, making Mr Goodwin only the second-ever person with Parkinson's disease to go into space."

Scientists find nine kinds of microplastics in human hearts | Interesting Engineering

"Imagine eating a bowl of fish soup at a high-end restaurant. It tastes mind-numbingly good. The staff at the restaurant woke up super early to get the freshest sea produce at the fish market. And one of the best culinary chefs overlooked the preparation of the fish soup you're slowly devouring.

Not to burst your bubble, but what if we told you that even though the fish you're consuming has been washed, cleaned, and deboned with high precision, it possibly contains up to 47 particles of microplastics?"

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NASA's Psyche asteroid mission will test next-gen laser communications in space |

"This October – if all remains on schedule – NASA's Psyche mission will lift off and begin its voyage to the metal-rich asteroid of the same name, which some astronomers believe is the remnant of an ancient protoplanet. But before Psyche even reaches, well, Psyche, the probe will serve another purpose: demonstrating what some engineers hope is the next generation of sending data between spacecraft and ground control."

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//Quiz: Marvel superhero Thor's method of travel can be supported by what actual scientific theory?

Marvel superhero Thor's method of travel can be supported by what actual scientific theory?

No, not the part where he holds onto his hammer as it flies off. That's just silly.