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Fill ‘er up with gumweed? Nevada researchers trying to turn roadside weed into biofuel

RENO, Nev. Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed — curly top gumweed — was growing along the road to the future.

Reusable rocket: In a first, booster returns to Earth gently enough to be reused, company says

NEW YORK A private space company announced Tuesday that it had landed a rocket upright and gently enough to be used again, a milestone in commercial aeronautics.

Reusing rockets, rather than discarding them, would be a big step toward making space flight less expensive.

Pesticide-makers point to other culprits in bee die-offs

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. In a Nordic-inspired building tucked in a corner of the Bayer CropScience North American headquarters, high school students wander through 6,000 square feet dedicated entirely to the specialness of bees. Children taste different types of honey and examine the differences between honeybee and carpenter bee specimens.

Natural disasters in Philippines make it a poster child for urgent action on climate change

MANILA, Philippines When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central Philippines two years ago, flattening entire villages and killing thousands, the country became a poster child for the havoc wrought by global warming and increasingly extreme weather.

Venus twin a real sizzler

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—There’s a new rocky Earth-size planet on our galactic block—and it’s a sizzler.

Astrophysicists yesterday revealed the newfound world, which is named GJ 1132b after the small nearby star that it orbits.

Even though the mercury can hit 450 degrees F on this planet, it’s cool enough to have a thick Venus-like atmosphere.