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SpaceX Keeps U.S. Air Force’s Confidence After Satellite’s Loss

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from the Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California on December 22, 2017. SpaceX blasted off a re-used Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites into orbit, its fourth launch toward a $3 billion upgrade to Virginia-based Iridium’s mobile, voice and data network. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)More The U.S. Air Force command that certified Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. for military missions says it remains confident in the company’s capabilities despite the disappearance this month of a classified satellite...

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Killer Centipede Murders Mice in 30 Seconds With Spasm-Inducing 'Spooky Toxin' Also Fatal to Humans

Updated | If many-legged critters make you squeamish, buckle up, because you probably haven’t seen the most terrifying stuff centipedes have on offer, like deadly venom that can kill a mouse in just 30 seconds. Now scientists have started to unravel the golden head centipede’s deadly secrets in a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. There are plenty of new venoms being discovered all the time thanks to ever-developing technology that can analyze ever-smaller doses of venom, Mandë Holford, a chemist who studies snail venoms at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center who wasn’t involved in the study,...

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These Are the 16 Democrats Who Opposed Ending the Shutdown

These Are the 16 Democrats Who Opposed Ending the Shutdown More Senate Democrats joined Republicans to vote 81-18 to end a government shutdown, based on a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up immigration in the coming weeks. But not everyone was on board with the plan. Sixteen senators who caucus with the Democrats and two Republicans voted against the plan to end the shutdown. Among Democrats, the defections were largely over concern that McConnell’s promise was not solid enough grounds. The list of Democrats includes a number of prominent contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination,...

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