James Lowenthal is a Smith College astronomy professor.
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SpaceX, the company owned by Elon Musk, launched a rocket last week carrying 60 satellites into space. It was the latest launch of satellites by SpaceX, which has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission to operate as many as 12,000 satellites to beam internet service. 

American Black Bear #391, also named "Fitz," in Hatfield, Massachusetts, with her cubs in the summer of 2019.
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Black bears are adapting their behavior in New England to meet seasonal food needs — they’re becoming more suburbanized.

Connecticut Supreme Court justices ruled Wednesday that remaining frozen human embryos belonging to a divorced couple can be destroyed, as previously stipulated in a contract agreement.

The court avoided making a judgement in an argument about affording embryos human rights, but its decision did set a legal precedent for future possession disputes by clarifying how contract agreements should be followed.

The New England Aquarium and Cambridge-based engineering company Draper have some big news: They’re working on technology that will allow them to monitor whales with satellites in space.

Leaving the planet to watch whales might sound a little silly, but the ability to do it could represent a giant leap forward in our ability to protect these animals and our oceans.

DNA testing material from 23andMe.
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My adult daughter learned the identity of her father before I did, myself.