American children could not have cared less. They would tear into the boxes, glance fleetingly at the instructions (if they glanced at them at all), and immediately set to a construction project on their own. They seemed to be having a wonderful time, but they were as likely to build, say, a fort, as they were to build the automobile for which the blocks were intended.

The generic version cost patients $157 a month. Bayer had been charging over $5,000 a month there, in a country with a per capita income of just $1,410 per year, a price so high that less than 2 percent of potential patients were able to access the drug. But before Congress, Rea falsely called the generic approval an “egregious” violation of World Trade Organization treaties..

As its name suggests, the OTV 3 mission is the third X 37B flight, but it uses the same space plane that launched on the program’s first mission, OTV 1, in April 2010. That first flight lasted 225 days. The second X 37B space plane launched in March 2011 and returned to Earth in June 2012 after 469 days in orbit..

Fueling that mistrust are concerns that the Food and Drug Administration exercises too little oversight over the process by which companies add additives to food.Though it’s technically a yellow powder, azodicarbonamide, or ADA, became famous last year after Vani Hari, the blogger and activist better known as Food Babe, petitioned Subway to remove the “yoga mat chemical” from its bread. The production of ADA may cause asthmatic symptoms or skin irritation for the factory workers who make it, but as The Salt has reported, there’s no evidence ADA poses any risk to consumers who eat it.While it sounds a bit scary that the same additives that show up in rocket fuel, yoga mats, fertilizers, fire retardants and rust dissolver could be in our chips and sandwiches, it doesn’t mean we are eating any of those things. Salt is made from sodium and chlorine and, as Ettlinger writes, “has an estimated 14,000 industrial uses.” Dihydrogen monoxide, also known as the nonthreatening water, has even more industrial applications.

But he’s also concerned that NASA doesn’t have a clear exploration mission.”I think we should be setting our sights on an ambitious goal like Mars and funding it appropriately,” he said. “I can’t think of a greater goal for humanity now.”How does someone get a resume like this?Parazynski, who turns 50 this month, started young in his adventure planning.He had model rockets and space posters on the walls. His father worked on the Apollo program; Parazynski remembers him bringing passionate scientists home for dinner.