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Last week, private space company SpaceX conducted another test of its Falcoln 9 booster rockets on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. Their second attempt wasn’t successful -- the rockets worked just fine up until its bumpy landing back down on Earth.

The Falcon 9 is SpaceX's innovative reusable rocket. Currently,  rockets used on resupply missions and satellite launches are disposed of quickly. Making reuseable booster rockets could potentially save money spent on more disposable ones.

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According to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Justice statistics, over 20,000 of 2.2 million inmates nationwide have HIV. Delaware usually has 81 to 90 inmates with HIV.

Christy Visher, director of the Center for Drug and Health Studies at University of Delaware, said HIV positive inmates will often go off their medication, especially after being released.

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Delaware’s lone Congressman John Carney reintroduced the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act in Congress on April 14. The bipartisan bill was first introduced in 2010 by former Delaware Congressman Mike Castle and again by Carney in 2013, but failed to pass both times.

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The Delaware Nature Society, the First State’s chapter of the National Wildlife Federation, celebrated its 50th anniversary last week.

Over five decades, the organization has used awareness, education and advocacy to carry out its mission of protecting the environment. Executive director Brian Winslow says the challenge now is motivating folks to connect to nature as more people move to cities and spend more time online.

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The Northeastern U.S. is no stranger to coastal storms. Especially in recent winters, it's hard to go a couple of weeks without hearing that folks should steer clear of yet another Nor'easter. When storms like these happen and especially in succession, that’s questions start to arise about what might be driving these weather patterns and if it’s going to get worse.

A sample of hummus made by the Sabra Dipping Company tested positive for a bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes  which has resulted in a nationwide recall.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is unsure if any of the contaminated hummus came to the First State.

Emily Knearl is a spokesperson for the DPH.


"We are in the process of looking if any of that hummus came to Delaware. But in the interim, out of an excess of caution, we are urging people to dispose or return to the grocery store the Sabra hummus," she said.

The Delaware Nature Society celebrated its 50th anniversary at Wednesday night’s annual meeting.

The state’s affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation spent the meeting recognizing various individuals who had done significant work for the organization, from advancing science to expanding education and outreach.

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The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, was reactivated last weekend after a two-year hiatus.


Before, it was powerful enough to detect the elusive Higgs boson particle, the discovery of which completed the standard model of physics. But now, scientists have doubled the Large Hadron Collider’s energy, in attempts to forge a new theory of physics.  

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Six years ago, Congress and the iRobot corporation designated the second week of April as National Robotics Week to raise awareness of robots and their impact on society.

In recognition of National Robotics Week, STEM organization FAME - the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering - holds its fourth annual Delaware Robotics Day this Saturday at Barclays Bank in Wilmington.

As new federal flood insurance maps go into effect, 48 Delaware communities are updating their building code standards.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new flood insurance rate maps for all three counties over the past year.