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SpaceX launches reused rocket and lands it, barely, back on drone ship

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Oh, SpaceX. You certainly keep your promises. 

On Friday at 3:10 p.m. ET, SpaceX successfully launched a reused Falcon 9 rocket loaded down with BulgariaSat-1 — the small European nation's first geostationary communications satellite — to orbit. 

About eight minutes later, the first stage of the rocket came in for a challenging landing on a drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean. This marks the twelfth time SpaceX has performed one of these reusable rocket landings, and was, according to the company, the most challenging of them all. 

Rocket is extra toasty and hit the deck hard (used almost all of the emergency crush core), but otherwise good

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Watch a tiny virus take a constitutional under a laser-powered 3D microscope

 If you’re anything like me, you spend a significant portion of the day wondering about the paths viruses take when they’re cruising around your internals. Luckily for us, a newly developed microscope from Duke researchers can show the exact path taken by the little critters (?), down to the micrometer. Read More
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The Southwest U.S. heat wave broke dozens of temperature records, giving us a glimpse at our climate future

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An unusually wide-reaching and long-lasting heat wave has gripped at least six states for an entire week, breaking or tying dozens of hot weather records. Temperatures were so high that certain aircraft couldn't fly out of airports including Phoenix and Palm Springs, offering a preview of what may happen to transportation networks as the climate continues to warm due to human-caused climate change. 

Here are 7 of the most impressive heat records set so far. 

1. Tucson's 115-degree streak

Tucson, Arizona, set its longest-ever streak of 115-degree or higher days, with a high temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit on June 19, 120 degrees on June 20, and 115 degrees on the 21st.  Read more...

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IBM is trying to forecast the weather on every block, worldwide

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Some people were puzzled when IBM bought The Weather Company — including weather.com and several meteorological data firms — in 2015. However, since then, the company known for its Watson AI platform has been finding new applications for the weather data it is vacuuming up on a daily basis. 

Now comes news that IBM is getting into the weather modeling business, putting itself on a collision course with efforts from the federal government and other private firms, such as Panasonic. 

On June 21, The Weather Company announced it will collaborate with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, to develop next-generation weather models.  Read more...

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Nearly a year and a half after the "Space Oddity" singer's death, scientists have named a new, 100-million-year-old extinct species of wasps after him. The announcement was made in a paper in the latest edition of the Journal of Hymenoptera Research.

The wasp is now called Archaeoteleia astropulvis and, in case you can't translate it, "astropulvis" is a Latin translation for "star dust," a tribute to Bowie's famous alter ego "Ziggy Stardust." Read more...

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Scientists honor David Bowie by naming a 100-million-year-old wasp after David Bowie

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David Bowie's memory is being preserved in a pretty unexpected way. 

Nearly a year and a half after the "Space Oddity" singer's death, scientists have named a new, 100-million-year-old extinct species of wasps after him. The announcement was made in a paper in the latest edition of the Journal of Hymenoptera Research.

The wasp is now called Archaeoteleia astropulvis and, in case you can't translate it, "astropulvis" is a Latin translation for "star dust," a tribute to Bowie's famous alter ego "Ziggy Stardust." Read more...

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The effects of cuddling on a relationship

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Physician Dr. Roshini Raj explains the effects and benefits of cuddling.

Love 101 is a new mini-series from Mashable and Bravo. Dr. Raj guides you through the effects of falling in and out of love.

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