January 2020 Current Events: Science and Technology News

Updated September 25, 2021 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for January 2020:

  1. Don’t Abbreviate 2020
  2. Earth’s Oldest Material Discovered
  3. Single Use Plastic Banned in China
  4. Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Crater Found

Don’t Abbreviate 2020

2020 Scams

On January 4, an article was published discussing the dangers of abbreviating 2020 to just 20. Scammers are now using the abbreviation to backlog dates, adding a 19 or 18 to the end of the abbreviation, or extend dates, adding a 21 at the end. (An example is 1/4/20 can be changed to 1/4/2021 or 1/4/2019). (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

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Earth’s Oldest Material Discovered


On January 13, scientists discovered Earth’s oldest material after analyzing a meteorite. The rock fell to Earth in the 1960s, and the dust is thought to be 7.5 billion years old. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Thibault Camus

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Single Use Plastic Banned in China

China Bags

On January 20, China announced it will ban all single-use plastic. Non-degradable bags are the first to go, hopefully being completely distinguished by 2022. Restaurants will be banned from using single use straws by the end of 2020. The goal is for China to reduce the garbage generated by its 1.4 billion citizens. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Seth Wenig

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Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Crater Found


On January 22, the Earth’s oldest asteroid crater was found in Australia. The crater is 2.2 million years old and scientists believe its impact ended an Ice Age. (BBC)

Photo Source: JAXA via AP

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