According to a study described in a paper published in the journal “Science”, between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic in the oceans were thrown in 2010 by people living within 50 kilometers from the coasts. During that year, a total of 275 million tons of plastic waste were generated in 192 coastal nations.

This research was conducted by a group of researchers at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis led by Jenna Jambeck, assistant professor of environmental engineering at the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering. The researchers looked at the debris entering the oceans from land, seas and other sources.

Fabiola Giannotti at the ATLAS experiment (Photo courtesy Claudia Marcelloni/CERN. All rights reserved)

CERN has announced the appointment of Italian scientist Fabiola Gianotti as new Director-General. The formalization will take place at the December meeting of the Council of Delegates that govern CERN. Dr. Gianotti’s mandate will start on January 1, 2016 and will run for five years. She’ll be the first woman to hold that office.

Steven Nagel's NASA official photo

On Thursday August 21, 2014 the former astronaut Steven Nagel passed away due to cancer. He’s survived by his wife Linda M. Godwin, also a former astronaut, and their two daughters. In 1985, he was part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery in the STS-51-G mission. In 1985, he was part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger in its last completed mission, the STS-61-A commanded by Hank Hartsfield. In 1991, he was the commander of the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in the STS-37 mission. In 1993, he was the commander of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia in the STS-55 mission.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Apollo astronauts Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell, and Center Director Robert Cabana in front of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building (Photo NASA/Kevin O’Connell)

Yesterday at Kennedy Space Center among the many celebrations for the 45th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon, there was a ceremony that honored Neil Armstrong renaming after him a historic building in the Center so far known as the Operations and Checkout Building. It was there that Armstrong and the other astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission got ready for launch.

Henry Warren "Hank" Hartsfield, Jr. in an official picture as an astronaut (Photo NASA)

The former American astronaut Hank Hartsfield passed away yesterday, July 17, 2014, due to complications from the back surgery he had several months ago. Hank Hartsfield flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia in the STS-4 mission, on the Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-41-D mission and on the Space Shuttle Challenger in the STS-61-A mission.