Pluto Wags its Tail | NASA

New Horizons has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto — the planet’s atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space. Beginning an hour and half after closest approach, the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument observed a cavity in the solar wind — the outflow of electrically charged particles from the Sun — between 48,000 miles (77,000 km) and 68,000 miles (109,000 km) downstream of Pluto. SWAP data revealed this cavity to be populated with nitrogen ions forming a “plasma tail” of undetermined structure and length extending behind the planet.

Source: Pluto Wags its Tail | NASA

4 rad dwarf planets that aren’t Pluto

Our solar system is kind of a crowded place, but Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune seem to get an inordinate amount of attention from the public.Sure, Pluto got its chance to dazzle when New Horizons flew past the dwarf planet in July, but thousands upon thousands of small bodies orbit the sun, from asteroids to comets to other dwarf planets — round objects that are deemed to small to clear their path in space, leaving large amounts of debris within their orbits.

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A Doctor Is Spending a Year in Antarctica to Research the Isolation of Space | Motherboard

One thousand kilometres from the Antarctic coast, a 12-strong crew is overwintering at one of the most remote places on Earth. The Concordia Station, a French-Italian research base on the Antarctic Ice Sheet, is truly in the middle of nowhere; the next nearest station is 560km away, and all the crew can see if they look around is flat whiteness. The last plane left for the winter in February, leaving the base completely isolated. It won’t see the Sun for four months and temperatures will drop to below -60 Celsius. Oh, and because it’s 3,200 metres above sea level, inhabitants have to make do with about a third less oxygen than at sea level.

Source: A Doctor Is Spending a Year in Antarctica to Research the Isolation of Space | Motherboard

New Zealand ‘cat burglar’ caught stealing men’s underwear – BBC News

The original Slinky Malinki!?

A nocturnal “cat burglar” has been stealing dozens of socks and men’s underwear in New Zealand.In two months, six-year-old Tonkinese cat Brigit from Hamilton city brought back 11 pairs of underpants and more than 50 socks.Her owner, Sarah Nathan, has documented her feline’s strange obsession on a widely shared Facebook post.”Now it’s getting silly. Someone must be missing this stuff,” she said in a post shared close to 500 times.

Source: New Zealand ‘cat burglar’ caught stealing men’s underwear – BBC News

Canadians’ debt, low interest rates – The Globe and Mail

Article from Globe and Mail re update on consumer debt in Canada

Interestingly if you head over to the Bank of Canada site and zoom in on the detail from the last few years you really see the sustained growth is in mortgage credit. (NB mortgage credit is >2x consumer credit so is most significant in total credit numbers)

Consumer debt […] had been showing signs of easing, but the latest numbers show it speeding up again, sparked by ultra-low interest rates and rising property values.

Source: Canadians’ debt binge on the rise as low interest rates fuel borrowing – The Globe and Mail

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From today it’s a lot easier to go bankrupt

Some new changes.

It is now easier than ever to go bankrupt in England and Wales

Changes being introduced today will make it simpler and cheaper. Applications to enter bankruptcy will be made online rather than by petitioning the court and assessed by a government adjudicator rather than a judge. That means the up-front cost of entering bankruptcy will fall. In total, it will now cost people applying online £655 to enter bankruptcy (down from £705). Both changes will make bankruptcy much more accessible to those who need it.

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