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...More about Climate, Science, Weather, Global Warming, and Extreme Weather'>
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...More about Science, David Bowie, Science, and Celebrities
The Friday launch, which is expected to carry a communications satellite to orbit for Bulgaria, will take flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Sunday launch will take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Read more...More about Space, Science, Spaceflight, Elon Musk, and Blue Origin'>
AM General, which previously built the Hummer H2, sold its factory in South Bend, Indiana to the electric carmaker SF Motors, both firms announced Thursday.
SF Motors will pay $110 million to produce "intelligent electric vehicles," according to publicly available filings. It will spend another $30 million to upgrade the 700,000-square-foot commercial assembly plant.
The company didn't elaborate further on its plans for the factory, such as how many cars it will produce annually or what types of smart driving or electric-powertrain technologies they'll use. But executives said the arrangement will preserve about 430 U.S. auto worker jobs that were at risk of disappearing. Read more...More about Science, China, Tesla, Climate Change, and Automobiles'>
And sometimes, they make friends.
NASA's Curiosity rover — which has been exploring the red planet's Gale Crater since 2012 — appears to have a little pet rock caught in one of its wheels.
The rock got stuck in the right front wheel at some point in the last couple weeks, but scientists aren't exactly sure when it started hitching a ride because the rover doesn't snap photos of its wheels every day. Read more...More about Nasa, Science, Mars, Space Photos, and Curiosity Rover'>