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America gets ready to again see astronauts head into space from U.S. soil

America gets ready to again see astronauts head into space from U.S. soil

SUMMARY: NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley (L) and Bob Behnken participate in a launch dress rehearsal Saturday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.

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CDC warns of starving, aggressive rats amid COVID-19 garbage shortage

CDC warns of starving, aggressive rats amid COVID-19 garbage shortage

SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people last week of an aggressive rat problem in the U.S. stemming from a decrease in food waste during the coronavirus pandemic.

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SpaceX's first astronaut launch threatened by stormy weather

SpaceX's first astronaut launch threatened by stormy weather

SUMMARY: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Stormy weather is threatening to delay SpaceX’s first astronaut launch.

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Virgin Orbit fails first rocket launch attempt from modified plane

Virgin Orbit fails first rocket launch attempt from modified plane

SUMMARY: FILE PHOTO: Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit, with a rocket underneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner, prior to its takeoff on a key drop test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites from Mojave, California, U.S. July 10, 2019.

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Virgin Orbit terminates rocket launch after releasing it over the Pacific

Virgin Orbit terminates rocket launch after releasing it over the Pacific

SUMMARY: Photo courtesy of Virgin OrbitVirgin Orbit terminated the launch of a rocket Monday, released from 747 carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl like this one in summer 2019.

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WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial Over Safety Concerns

WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial Over Safety Concerns

SUMMARY: WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial Over Safety ConcernsThe World Health Organization says it is temporarily halting its clinical trials that use hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients over published concerns that the drug may do more harm than good.

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Five skills to learn in your spare time, and how to master them

Five skills to learn in your spare time, and how to master them

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The Special Challenge of Fighting COVID-19 in Africa

The Special Challenge of Fighting COVID-19 in Africa

SUMMARY: The ongoing global COVID-19 outbreak has revealed how strikingly unprepared the world is for a pandemic.

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Google Chrome is finally rolling out a long-awaited feature to help cure your bad tab habits

Google Chrome is finally rolling out a long-awaited feature to help cure your bad tab habits

SUMMARY: Google Chrome is finally rolling out a long-awaited feature to help cure your bad tab habitsYou can manually enable it right now if you don’t want to wait.

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Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

Meet This Museum's All-Star Arachnids and Insects

SUMMARY: But beneath all that—literally—is a basement chock-full of animal specimens collected from the field by intrepid scientists, tray after tray and jar after jar of insects, fish, mammals, and all kinds of other critters.

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SpaceX’s first astronaut launch breaking ground with new look: ‘It is really neat’

SpaceX’s first astronaut launch breaking ground with new look: ‘It is really neat’

SUMMARY: The color coordination is credited to Elon Musk, the driving force behind SpaceX and Tesla who is also a science fiction fan.

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Parasites Thrive in Lizard Embryos’ Brain

Parasites Thrive in Lizard Embryos’ Brain

SUMMARY: They found nematodes only in the ovaries of mothers that had produced infected embryos, suggesting the parasites were migrating to their offspring in a way researchers had thought impossible.

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What It’s Like to Be First to Fly a Brand New Spacecraft

What It’s Like to Be First to Fly a Brand New Spacecraft

SUMMARY: This will make Behnken and Hurley the newest members of an exclusive club of just seven spacecraft test pilots.

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Mysterious ancient rock art may have been made with beeswax

Mysterious ancient rock art may have been made with beeswax

SUMMARY: Mysterious ancient rock art may have been made with beeswaxThis 500-year-old rock art is among the rarest in the world.

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Visionary Science Takes More than Just Technical Skills

Visionary Science Takes More than Just Technical Skills

SUMMARY: But even though this holds true in principle, a sense of direction in science is often dictated by consensus, with young researchers competing, like athletes on a track, on their technical skills.

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Covid-19 Makes the Case for More Meatpacking Robots

Covid-19 Makes the Case for More Meatpacking Robots

SUMMARY: Across the US, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has rampaged through cold, cramped, meat processing facilities, sickening thousands of workers and killing at least 30 of them.

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Will the Earth ‘Remember’ the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Will the Earth ‘Remember’ the Coronavirus Pandemic?

SUMMARY: In 2017 researchers from several universities used advanced laser-based technology to peer inside ice cores pulled from high in the Alps.

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Video: What The U.S. Is Doing About Its Testing Swab Shortage

Video: What The U.S. Is Doing About Its Testing Swab Shortage

SUMMARY: Video: What The U.S. Is Doing About Its Testing Swab ShortageWidespread testing for the coronavirus is key to safely reopening the country, but the U.S. has struggled for months to get to the level of testing many experts say we need — even as states and cities begin to loosen restrictions.

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The CDC is lumping positive COVID-19 viral and antibody tests together: Here's why that's bad

The CDC is lumping positive COVID-19 viral and antibody tests together: Here's why that's bad

SUMMARY: And as the tests serve profoundly different purposes, "positive" results from either test cannot be interpreted in the same way.

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Study tells ‘remarkable story’ about COVID-19’s deadly rampage through a South African hospital

Study tells ‘remarkable story’ about COVID-19’s deadly rampage through a South African hospital

SUMMARY: Study tells ‘remarkable story’ about COVID-19’s deadly rampage through a South African hospitalScience 's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center.

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