The good news about the ozone hole is even better than you think

nbcnews.com – The shrinking hole is a powerful reminder that multinational cooperation can solve big environmental ills.

Source: Susan E. Strahan, Anne R. Douglass. Decline in Antarctic Ozone Depletion and Lower Stratospheric Chlorine Determined From Aura Microwave Limb Sounder Observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 2018.

China Wants to Use a Laser to Clean Up Space Junk

popularmechanics.com – A new proposal seeks to clean up space junk by blasting it with a high-powered laser.

Source: Quan Wen, et al. Impacts of orbital elements of space-based laser station on small scale space debris removal. Optik - International Journal for Light and Electron Optics, 2018.

For bonobos, nice guys finish last

theverge.com – Thankfully, the same is not true of humans

Source: Christopher Krupenye, Brian Hare. Bonobos Prefer Individuals that Hinder Others over Those that Help. Current Biology, 2018.

No alien megastructure around mysterious 'Tabby's star', analysis shows

theguardian.com – Stand down space cadets: there is (sadly) no alien megastructure around star KIC 8462852, also known as Tabby’s star

Source: Tabetha S. Boyajian, et al. The First Post-Kepler Brightness Dips of KIC 8462852. arXiv, 2018.

Incredible 'Hypatia' Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System

popularmechanics.com – The mysterious Egyptian rock contains mico-mineral compounds not found on Earth, in any meteorite or comet, or elsewhere in the solar system.

Source: Georgy A. Belyanin, et al. Petrography of the carbonaceous, diamond-bearing stone “Hypatia” from southwest Egypt: A contribution to the debate on its origin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2018.

Earth's Oceans Suffocating And Creating More 'Dead Zones': Study

techtimes.com – Low-oxygen sites in coastal bodies of water have significantly increased since 1950. As the waters run low on oxygen, marine creatures lose their habitats and may even succumb to suffocation.

Source: Denise Breitburg, et al. Declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters. Science, 2018.

Fart-Tracking Capsule Sends Real-Time Data to Your Smartphone

geek.com – Scientists in Australia are breaking wind ground with an ingestible electronic capsule that monitors gas levels in the human gut. Developed by researchers at RMIT University, Monash University, and CSIRO Agriculture and Food, …

Source: Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, et al. A human pilot trial of ingestible electronic capsules capable of sensing different gases in the gut. Nature Electronics, 2018.

Researchers Spot Massive Black Hole In Double 'Burp'

npr.org – The cosmic sinkhole is at the center of a galaxy 800 million light-years from Earth and supports the theory that such objects can switch their power output on and off in relatively short time-scales.

Source: Julia M. Comerford, et al. An Active Galactic Nucleus Caught in the Act of Turning Off and On. arXiv, 2017.

Whatever causes fast radio bursts is sitting in an intense magnetic field

arstechnica.com – Still not sure what they are and now have to explain an extreme environment, too.

Source: D. Michilli, et al. An extreme magneto-ionic environment associated with the fast radio burst source FRB 121102. Nature, 2018.

Self-Healing Robot Muscles May Revolutionize Prosthetic Limbs For Amputees

techtimes.com – Robotic muscles called HASEL actuators that can heal from electrical damage hold potential in revolutionizing prosthetics. What are its properties that make it comparable to human muscles and nerves?

Source: Hydraulically amplified self-healing electrostatic actuators with muscle-like performance. Science, 2018.