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SpaceX successfully launches its second rocket in three days [Updated]

Enlarge / The Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: SpaceX) Chances are, if you’re a SpaceX employee, you’ve had a busy weekend. On Friday , the company successfully launched its second “used” Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Now, two days later, the company will…

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A pigeon-piloted bomb, odd powders, and cryptic science—Ars goes to NIST

Enlarge / This Priest-Lange Reflectometer helps measure colors. It was inspired to help end a feud about the “yellowness” of margarine. GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Visiting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is always immeasurably fun. The agency’s headquarters—a green and sprawling 234-hectare campus, just a jaunt from Washington, DC—is studded with scientific wonders. There’s the…

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Scientific research piracy site hit with $15 million fine

Alexandra Elbakyan. (credit: Alexandra Elbakyan) The operator of a searchable piracy site for scientific research papers has been ordered to pay $15 million as fallout from a US copyright infringement lawsuit brought by one of the world’s leading scientific publishers, New York-based Elsevier. The award doesn’t mean the six-year-old Sci-Hub site is shuttering, though, despite…

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Medical records join revenge porn, credit card numbers for Google removal

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Chris Ryan ) Alphabet Inc.’s Google has now added personal medical records to the list of things it’s willing to remove from search results upon request. Starting this week, individuals can ask Google to delete from search results “confidential, personal medical records of private people” that have been posted without consent….

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The Dumbo Octopus Is Eight Cute Legs of Stone Cold Murder

Hey, sailors! Welcome back to Animals Are Good: Cephalopod Week edition. Cephalopods, in case you’re wondering, are a class of mollusks to which octopus , squid, and cuttlefish belong. As the week comes to a close, we’d like to give a much-deserved shoutout to one of the cutest tentacle-babies out there: the dumbo… Read more…