In September, NASA astronaut Frank Rubio returned from spending over a year in space. His record and his efforts were celebrated. But questions remained about a tomato that had gone missing while he was in space. Now, the mystery tomato has been found.
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On November 8, an enormous new airship called Pathfinder 1 made its first test flights in California. The huge airship was built by LTA Research, a company that's hoping to make an old method of transportation new again.
On Tuesday, Virgin Atlantic flew a large passenger jet from London to New York using 100% "Sustainable Aviation Fuel" (SAF). The flight was meant to show that it's possible to fly using cleaner fuels, but experts disagree about the effects of SAF on the climate.
Scientists are worried about the future of the axolotl, an unusual Mexican salamander, and they're asking for help. A new program lets people "adopt" an axolotl to raise money to support efforts to save the endangered animal.
Casey McIntyre recently died of cancer. Before she passed away, Ms. McIntyre set up a way to help others. Now, over $600,000 has been donated in her memory, and that money will help to pay off around $60 million of other people's medical bills.
As the world struggles to deal with the climate crisis, some companies are working to remove polluting carbon dioxide from the air. That's a huge and challenging goal, but two US companies have recently made important progress.
Last Wednesday, US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a four-hour meeting near San Francisco, California. The meeting was aimed at improving the relationship between the two countries, which has been getting worse in recent years.
For nearly four months, TV and movie actors in the US have been on strike. Last Wednesday, the actors union reached a deal with the studios that make TV shows and movies, bringing the strike to an end. The union got much of what it was asking for, but not everything.
Yesterday, the National Zoo in Washington, DC said goodbye to its giant pandas, as they left for China. It's the first time the zoo hasn't had pandas in 23 years, and it may mark the end of a 50-year program. The pandas will be greatly missed by the zoo and its visitors.
In October, Mediterranean fruit flies were discovered in an area of Los Angeles. California is a big farming state, and this was serious news for farmers. The solution to the problem may seem a little unusual: releasing millions more of the flies.