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There will be 450,000 condoms distributed at the 2016 Olympics, three times more than the number distributed during the 2012 Olympics.

Safe sex is  a special priority this year in Brazil. The host of the 2016 Olympics has reported more than 100,000 cases of Zika virus and the virus can be transmitted by men to their sexual partners. That makes it different from other mosquito-borne illnesses like Dengue Fever and Chikungunya.

Researchers are developing a system to teach robots how to feel pain.

NASA called off today's effort to inflate an expandable module attached to the International Space Station after its first attempt fell flat.

Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

A recent study found that all that pumping being done to protect Miami Beach from flood waters is actually sending waste, especially human waste, into Biscayne Bay.  

Hurricanes Retired

Apr 26, 2016

Three tropical storm names have been retired. You will never again face a Joaquin or an Erika.

The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that it will retire three names. Two of them are  Atlantic storm names, and the third is Patricia, a eastern North Pacific storm name.

Joaquin and Erika will instead be replaced with Elsa and Julian. 

Storm names are reused every six years. But some names are retired when a storm is so deadly or costly that its future use would be insensitive.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_white_shark

There are literally tens of thousands of sharks that come down and spend the winter right off our beaches here in Southeast Florida. Add to that the fact that Florida beaches are very popular for tourists and locals. Those are the ingredients that have made Florida the world's leader in shark attacks. 

Grant Helps UCF Researches Uncover Early Planetary Formation

Dec 29, 2015
UCF

An experiment looking at the very beginnings of planetary formation is getting a ride on a sub-orbital rocket funded by NASA.

In the early stages of planetary formation, there’s no gravity. So how do particles stick together? That’s what researcher Julie Brisset hopes to find out.

She’s sending a whole bunch of particles on a sub-orbital rocket. As the experiment falls, it experiences micro-gravity.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

On Wednesday, South Florida will go through another King Tide. Not sure what to expect, except maybe closed roads and cars on flooded streets. 

Miami Beach is trying to get ahead of the problem, which is a consequence of rising seas. The city is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on pump stations, higher roads and seawalls.

NOAA: Saharan Dust Clouds Suppressing Hurricanes

Jul 7, 2015
NRL-Monterey

South Florida's air has been dustier than usual this week. 

The dust has come from across the Atlantic, originating from dust storms in the Sahara desert and being pushed towards the Americas by winds and tropical waves.

While the current influx of dust-filled air may be a hazard for people with respiratory conditions, scientists say it also brings with it a more positive effect.

DANIEL BOCK / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Florida wildlife officials are hosting another snake hunt, but they don't want to call it a hunt. It's the Python Challenge. It's not likely to put much of a dent on the growing population of the invasive species, but that doesn't mean the event will be a failure.

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Techies from across the country and the world have come together this week to celebrate diversity in the tech industry.

The first ever Black Tech Week is taking place this week with events all around Miami. 

Twenty-two-year-old Delane Parnell works for a venture capital firm that funds tech startups. This makes him a hot commodity at Black Tech. Parnell was a speaker at one of the events at the conference.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Science innovators got a challenge today as the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science announced a new innovation fellowship it will offer starting in 2016. Two will be offered the first year: one for an invention to restore coral reefs and the other to help reduce people’s exposure to carcinogens.

The winner will get $100,000 to support the 12- to 18-month fellowship.

The money is part of a $1 million gift from Ted Caplow, CEO of Caplow Applied Science or CappSci, who has served various roles at the science museum in the past three years.

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Celestially minded Miamians (and anyone else interested) will be able to view the International Space Station (ISS) with the naked eye Thursday morning, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA’s “Spot the Station” widget identifies specific dates and times that the ISS will be visible without a telescope.

These windows, however, are narrow — the next opportunity for viewing the ISS will occur Thursday at 5:47 a.m., and it will only be visible for two minutes.

NASA's new Orion spacecraft returned to dry land in Southern California after a test flight that ended with a plunge into the Pacific Ocean.

Navy ship, the USS Anchorage, delivered the capsule to Naval Base San Diego and unloaded the 11-foot-tall cone around 10 p.m. PST Monday.

Orion made an unmanned flight Friday that carried it 3,600 miles above Earth to test the spacecraft's systems before it carries astronauts on deep space missions. During re-entry into the atmosphere, the spacecraft endured speeds of 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sheryl Sandberg's Mom Cares About Your Hearing

Dec 8, 2014
Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Three years ago, when the noise level at the American Airlines Arena shrieked to a deafening level, fan Adele Sandberg covered her ears and winced. Intent on the fast-paced court action, she didn’t yet know about the growing danger of hearing loss. She didn’t know yet that preventing it would become her passion.

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