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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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A short exercise in middle school sets minorities on a path to college

Enlarge (credit: Austin Community College ) In the US, a college education makes a huge difference for most people. It opens up lots of career opportunities, many of them at higher than average pay. The better economic opportunities it provides are associated with things like better health and a longer life expectancy. Unfortunately, the US…

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SpaceX completes first half of its weekend doubleheader

Enlarge / SpaceX successfully test-fired its rocket for the BulgariaSat-1 mission last week. (credit: SpaceX) It’s a big weekend for SpaceX, the California rocket company that has already had a big year. On Friday, the company will attempt to launch BulgariaSat-1, a commercial communications satellite, to a geostationary orbit. On Sunday, the company will attempt to…

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Researchers optimize a powered exoskeleton to cut energy used in walking

Enlarge / This is what the exoskeleton looks like when it’s worn on both legs. The magic, however, is in the control software. (credit: Kirby Witte, Katie Poggensee, Pieter Fiers, Patrick Franks and Steve Collins) Exoskeletons are a common feature in the natural world. But in recent years, scientists have started experimenting with adding them…

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Unexpected Viking toilet discovery leads to controversy

Museum Southeast Denmark Archaeologists excavating at an ancient Viking settlement in southeast Denmark thought they were dealing with a typical country town from the Middle Ages. Then a single toilet changed everything. Museum of Southeastern Denmark archaeology researcher Anna Beck was digging up what she thought was a semi-subterranean workshop, only to find that she…

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Shareholders fail to oust Mylan board, but down-voted massive salaries

Enlarge / Robert J. Coury of Mylan (L) and Mylan CEO Heather Bresch will remain on the board. (credit: Getty | Gilbert Carrasquillo ) Mylan shareholders today did not unseat the drug maker’s board of directors, despite calls for an ouster over the EpiPen pricing scandals and remarkably large executive salaries. In a vote during…

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House lawmakers endorse reusable rockets for military purposes

Enlarge / SpaceX launched its first military payload on May 1. Now the US House of Representatives said the military should consider reusable rockets. (credit: SpaceX ) The US Congress has begun the “markup” process to consider budget appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and on Thursday, the House subcommittee overseeing Strategic Forces held a hearing…