Microbeads, those wee bits of plastic that exfoliate your scalp but also do exactly what you think they’d do when you unload buckets of synthetic, non-degradable pellets into an aquatic ecosystem, an intricate network of fish and salamanders and bugs that just want to eat and fuck and breathe without mistaking tiny toxic beauty products for food (because, though nature is beautiful and cutthroat it isn’t, per se, intelligent), are now verboten in the United States. On Monday President Obama signed a bipartisan bill that bans any bead less than 5 millimeters in diameter from toothpastes, gels, and any other cosmetic or cleansing product. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

This has been a long time coming. A September study in Environmental Science & Technology estimated that America was adding 8 trillion microbeads a damn day to lakes, rivers, and the oceans. Statewide bans, like California’s new October legislation, had predated the federal kibosh; Canada outlawed microbeads in July.

If you really need to give that undercarriage the old nano-rub, dermatologists suggest greener options like ground seashells or sugar, which can scrape off whatever weird growth you have but won’t accumulate in the guts of a largemouth bass.

Before you get too engorged with victory over this shitty pharmaceutical aisle product, however, let us remind you that triclosan — an antimicrobial found in common liquid hand soaps — is linked to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in waterways but remains legal in most U.S. states. If Minnesota can ban triclosan, so can the rest of us.

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Daft Punk must have invaded the ears of NASA staff when planning for the Space Launch System rocket, taking, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” to heart.

The SLS has been constructed for the first mission of (hopefully) many to chase ambitions of deep space travel, and once completed, it will claim the title as the most powerful rocket in the world. In a video released Monday, NASA explains how assembling the pieces constructed across the United States presents engineers with a dizzying challenge.

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the recent discovery of an Earth-like, frozen planet orbiting one of our neighboring stars. For one, it represents the culmination of years of searching for exoplanets, and two, as one scientist involved in the search tells Inverse, it may open the floodgate to finding more potentially habitable planets in the future.

It’s that time of year where the pressure’s on to find super cool gifts for the people you love. Instead of scrambling around this year for last-minute gifts, why not head over to one of our favorite lifestyle product sites, Huckberry, and take a look at the Levimoon, which you’ve probably guessed by now is a levitating moon.

While watching my cat engaging in yet another battle with my shoelace, I noticed that he seemed mainly to use his left front paw. Do animals have a more dextrous side that they favor for particular tasks, just like humans? – Mike, Perth.

The short answer is: yes they do! Like humans, many animals tend to use one side of the body more than the other. This innate handedness (or footedness) is called behavioral or motor laterality.