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Looking to catch up on the latest science and tech stories?  You’ve come to the right place. 

The Lonely Launchpads and Rusted Rockets of America’s Abandoned Space Facilities | Atlas Obscura

The graveyard of ambition?  In 1962, President Kennedy called space travel “the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”  Today, the instruments of space travel are moldering across Florida.

Human gene editing is about to happen, but don’t freak out just yet | CNET

If you haven’t read  up on Crispr/Cas9, steel yourself.  Crispr technology enables us to remove and/or replace genes with game-changing precision.  While you’re at it, check out this episode of Radiolab.

The man who studies the spread of ignorance | BBC Future

Ignorance as a political or marketing tool?  Scientists are studying efforts to deliberately confuse the public.  And you, too, may have been fooled.

Scott Kelly back on Earth: ‘It felt like I’d been up there my whole life’ | The Verge

In case you were living under a rock and haven’t heard, Scott Kelly landed after 340 weightless days in space.  “There’s nothing like new, cold air coming into the capsule,” notes Kelly.

Flowers of the Sky | The Public Domain Review

As you contemplate Kelly’s historic accomplishment, scroll through a millennium of illustrations depicting comets, meteors, and shooting stars.