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Missouri has issued its first fines over the misuse of a farm chemical in 2016 that went on to be linked in different formulations to widespread U.S. crop damage this year, the state said on Thursday. Authorities fined eight people a total of $145,125 for improperly spraying the chemical known as dicamba, used to kill weeds, in what Missouri called "the first wave of civil penalties issued to applicators," according to a statement. The delay between sprayings last year and the state's action shows how a long process of investigating many complaints about dicamba use is straining resources in farm states.
Well, it should come as no surprise, but the interstellar asteroid astronomers discovered in October doesn't appear to be a piece of alien technology. According to initial observations made by a radio telescope on Wednesday, the asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua, doesn't appear to have any obvious "artificial signals" coming from it. But the hunt isn't over yet. SEE ALSO: A group of scientists will listen for alien signals coming from that interstellar asteroid Researchers still have to comb through a fair bit of the data gathered by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to see if there might be some sign of alien technology to be found. However, it's not exactly looking promising. Scientists with the alien-hunting Breakthrough Listen project are still planning to listen in on the object three more times to see if there's anything they can pick up. Even if ‘Oumuamua — which is about 1,312 feet long — wasn't sent to our solar system by aliens, listening in on it with radio telescopes could still give astronomers valuable information about a newfound object. That data could help scientists learn more about what the asteroid is made of. This diagram shows the orbit of the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua.Image: ESO/K. Meech et al.“It is great to see data pouring in from observations of this novel and interesting source,” Breakthrough Listen's Andrew Siemion, said in a statement. “Our team is excited to see what additional observations and analyses will reveal." ‘Oumuamua is the first interstellar asteroid seen and mapped by astronomers, but it isn't necessarily one of a kind. NASA estimates that one interstellar asteroid like ‘Oumuamua per year crosses through our solar system after traveling millions of miles across the galaxy. Scientists, for their part, haven't given much credence to the idea that ‘Oumuamua is some kind of spacecraft. From the beginning, the researchers working at the Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii who found the object have said that all indications point to the fact that it's likely a natural object. But still, the idea of some alien technology just dropping in to say hi to an alien solar system sparks the imagination. WATCH: NASA created a playlist of creepy space sounds
By Paresh Dave SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google and NASA said on Thursday that advanced computer analysis identified two new planets around distant stars, including one that is part of the first star system with as many planets as Earth's solar system. The research by Google and the University of Texas at Austin that used data from NASA raised the prospects of new insights into the universe by feeding data into computer programs that can churn through information faster and more in-depth than humanly possibly, a technique known as machine learning.
Sharks have been making headlines recently after a 2016 report of a Greenland shark that was around 512 years old resurfaced this week. In November, a dinosaur-era frilled shark was on our minds. Here are just a few of the most terrifying examples of sharks from across time.
Russian authorities have seized what they believe to be fossilized remains of a prehistoric shark from a smuggler headed for the Chinese border, customs services said. The customs service announced that a search in the luggage of a Chinese citizen who attempted to cross the border into his homeland turned up the artifacts, which he failed to declare. A university in Russia’s Primorye region later released a statement saying the 24 teeth belonged to sea predator Otodus obliguus, who lived some 30 million years ago.
Earlier this week, a team of astronomers announced that they would be using radio telescopes to study 'Oumuamua, currently considered the first known asteroid to visit us from another solar system. Radio signals emanating from the object could not occur naturally, so if the analysis picks up any sign of such signals, it would suggest that the object is in fact unnatural, a probe sent to us by an alien civilization communicating with its creators. If they do see any signal, that's an immediate sign that something weird is happening. "There should never be a fluke," Avi Loeb, an astronomer at Harvard University who suggested (and is working on) the new observations, told Newsweek.
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