Why did the head of Google lead an effort to recover sunken rocket engines?
The two huge engines, originally part of a mammoth Saturn rocket, were salvaged from the bottom of the ocean to be restored for later display. Though a team led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos fished the engines out off Cape Canaveral, Fla., the engines are still the property of NASA. The engines fell in the ocean after the rockets separated as a regular part of one of the moon launches during the 1960s and 1970s. Bezos' space company, Blue Origins, has a NASA contract to develop a private space taxi to the International Space Station.
Why are people stealing tree sap?
Sap thieves in Maine are illegally tapping trees on private land to steal the liquid magic from which maple syrup is made. A gallon of Maine syrup has sold for about $50 in recent years, and a typical tap produces enough sap to yield about a quarter-gallon of syrup. The Maine Forest Service said it has gotten a dozen complaints from landowners finding taps in their trees with buckets or jugs underneath to collect the sap.
Why are more kids being diagnosed with autism?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 2 percent of American schoolchildren were diagnosed with autism disorders in 2011 and 2012, a 72 percent increase from the previous five years. The agency said most of the increase was due to more diagnoses of milder autism disorders. The current data show that one in 50 children have been diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, such as Asperger syndrome.