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Space junk is raining on Earth, and scientists are pointing out the hotspots

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It turns out space debris is falling down on us all the time

Scientists believe tiny particles from comets and asteroids add up to 40,000 tonnes of dust every single year.

It’s understood there’s around 3,000 dead satellites orbiting the planet.

Newly-published research in Nature Astronomy journal is looking into the uncontrolled arrival of artificial space debris. This includes debris linked with rocket launches and satellites.

“All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices.”

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Scientists believe there is a risk of these parts re-entering our lives in the next 10 years.

The re-entry points looked at population density, and found spent rocket bodies are three times more likely to land in Indonesia, Bangladesh, or Nigeria when compared to other major cities like Beijing or New York.

The risk to human life over the next decade was assessed at 10 per cent.

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This investor sold its equity stake in Twitter during Musk takeover saga

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A Securities and Exchange filing has showed active investor Elliott Management has sold its equity stake, as well as cutting its exposure, to Twitter

The company previously held 10 million stocks in the social media giant, and was one of its major shareholders.

Twitter’s stock price dramatically rose in April, on the back of Elon Musk wanting to buy the company for approximately $44billion.

The after-effects of the takeover saga are still ongoing, with the billionaire and Twitter embroiled in a legal battle.

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Why a Bitcoin mining company is going against a major merger

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Bitcoin mining company PrimeBlock has ended plans to go public via a specialpurpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger with 10X Capital.

The firms terminated the agreement via mutual consent, according to a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Plans for the merger were confirmed in April, with expectations that it would be completed in the second half of 2022, carrying an enterprise value of $1.25billion.

No official reason has been given for the decision, but it is believed the volatility of both the crypto and mainstream markets in recent months may be a factor.

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This will help million of Americans

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Adults with a hearing impairment will be able to purchase hearing aids directly from stores, pharmacies and online retailers, without the need of a prescription or doctor’s appointment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved this change, and it will come into effect in two months’ time, following years of campaigning.

The Biden Administration says this will make the devices more accessible and affordable for millions of American citizens.

The new rule only applies to certain air-conduction hearing aids and for people over the age of 18.

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