This Week in Science: A Rocket Catastrophe, Miniature Stomachs, and a Seriously Smelly Comet

October 31, 2014 1:59 PM

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This Week in Science: A Rocket Catastrophe, Miniature Stomachs, and a Seriously Smelly Comet

The Antares rocket, built by private space outfit Orbital Sciences powered by refurbished Soviet engines from the 1960s, explosively failed to launch on its planned resupply mission to the International Space Station. Researchers found and positively identified a part from Amelia Earhart's plane -- a piece of aluminum recovered from an uninhabited south Pacific atoll. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko smells like a combination of formaldehyde, rotten eggs, a dirty horse stable, vinegar, and bitter almonds.

Using stem cells, scientists created miniature human stomachs in the lab. The newly discovered Atlantic Coast leopard frog (Rana kauffeldi) is the first new frog found in the U.S. and Canada since 1986, and the first new frog found in New York or New England since 1882. The state of Louisiana moved ...

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