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US space station delivery on tap after 8-month stoppage, 1st supply run for Atlas rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA hopes to resume commercial shipments this week to the International Space Station, following months of frustrating delay.

The last successful U.S. supply run was in April. Russia and Japan have managed to fill the gap. Nonetheless, the 250-mile-high pantry isn’t as full as it should be.

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.