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Overdose deaths continue to climb in Maryland

The number of drug- and alcohol-related overdose deaths in Maryland in the first half of the year jumped more than 50 percent from the same period last year, according to new data from the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. From January to June, there were 920 fatal overdoses this year,...

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  • Florida blast-off: SpaceX's Elon Musk outlines Mars plan

    Florida blast-off: SpaceX's Elon Musk outlines Mars plan

    A trip to Mars, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says, will take 80 days. So it’s a good thing the vehicle the 45-year-old billionaire entrepreneur envisions for passengers could include all the amenities, including restaurants, movies and, perhaps, zero-gravity games. “It has to be fairly fun and exciting,”...

  • KSC debuts new Mars attraction

    KSC debuts new Mars attraction

    The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has unveiled a new limited-time attraction last week called Destination: Mars. The attraction will give visitors the opportunity to "visit" several sites on Mars using real imagery from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. The attraction will feature a mixed reality...

  • The Chinese space lab is about to crash and burn — and that's OK with China

    The Chinese space lab is about to crash and burn — and that's OK with China

    The rumors started this summer: China had lost control of its first space lab, which would hurtle to Earth in a fiery ball of destruction. Chinese officials fed that speculation last week when they confirmed that the lab would return sometime next year, with “most parts” burning up during the fall....

  • Space Florida courts small rocket motor company for 80 new jobs

    Space Florida courts small rocket motor company for 80 new jobs

    There’s a new mystery project shaping up on the Space Coast in Titusville, to bring about 80 new high-paying jobs to the region. Space Florida, the economic development agency, is calling it “Project Swanson.” The agency says it is an existing, established company seeking a U.S. site for manufacturing....

  • Central Florida company works on new weather prediction system

    Central Florida company works on new weather prediction system

    A new high-tech satellite scheduled to head into space from Florida is designed to help residents get more advanced warnings when powerful storm systems threaten a region. It's the latest in the series of weather satellites that provide pictures and data that help create the forecasts we see on...

  • OSIRIS-REx influences space-based video game builders

    OSIRIS-REx influences space-based video game builders

    The recent launch of a mission to land and retrieve material from an asteroid seems to have had an effect on local video game developers. At least that’s what an organizer of a weekend-long video game-building competition says after several teams built games focused on mining or exploring asteroids....

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  • Cassini captures four days on Saturn

    Cassini captures four days on Saturn

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft stared at Saturn for nearly 44 hours on April 25­ to 27, 2016, to obtain this video showing just over four Saturn days. Starting in November Cassini will begin its final act studying Saturn's rings.

  • Pictures: OSIRIS-REx launch from Cape Canaveral

    Pictures: OSIRIS-REx launch from Cape Canaveral

    The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off Thursday, September 8, 2016 carrying the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex-41. The spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu to survey the surface, then retrieve at least 60 grams...

  • Pictures: Orlando rocket club attracts kids of all ages

    Pictures: Orlando rocket club attracts kids of all ages

    Rocketry of Orlando’s Community Kids (ROCK) is a rocket club that meets on the first Saturday of each month. The club provides launch pads and controllers for rocket enthusiasts of all ages. The club meeting on Saturday August 6, 2016 was also attended by University of Central Florida students. 

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