Australia’s election limbo, Juno reaches Jupiter, synthetic glowing trees

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NASA’s Juno spacecraft reaches Jupiter. The solar-powered spacecraft, which has been traveling through deep space for five years, is expected to enter Jupiter’s orbit on Monday at 11 pm ET. Astronomers released pictures of the planet’s amazing polar light shows ahead of the historic event.

Brussels gives it verdict on Spanish soccer aid. The European Commission will conclude its two-and-a-half-year investigation into whether Spain unlawfully gave millions in state aid to seven top soccer clubs, including two of the biggest in the world—Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The US is closed for Independence Day. The financial marketsare shut, along with government offices.


ISIL carried out a horrific attack in Baghdad… Over 100 people were killed and 150 injured in a bomb explosion in the Iraqi capital, which detonated late Saturday night in a busy shopping area. ISIL, which considers itself Sunni, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeted at Shiite muslims. A separate bomb in the east of the city killed five people.

…and killed 20 people in Bangladesh. ISIL militants stormed an upmarket cafe in the capital, Dhaka, in what was the country’s worst-ever terror attack. Commandos seized control of the restaurant after a 12-hour siege, but not before 20 people, mainly foreigners, had died.

The Australian election ended in a cliffhanger. The country is still in limbo as national elections, called early by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, left his conservatives without enough seats to form a government. The Liberal-National coalition looks set to lose the majority it won in 2013, but the final result isn’t expected for days.

China announced a week of military drills in the South China Sea. The timing sends a message, with the exercises running from tomorrow until July 11, one day before a UN-backed tribunal issues a ruling expected to largely counter China’s sweeping claims to most of the strategic waterway. Beijing says it will ignore the ruling.

China’s Midea Group bought a $1.3-billion stake in a German robotics firm. After months of political hand-wringing in Berlin, 25% of Kuka will now go to Chinese owners. Kuka CEO Till Reuter approved the deal on assurance from Midea that jobs and plants will be protected until the end of 2023.

Tesla really didn’t ship that many cars. The electric-car maker said it sent 14,370 cars to owners in the second quarter, less than the 17,000 it had predicted, because it was ramping up production. Now it plans to ship 50,000 cars in the last six months of the year. Reminder: By 2018, it wants to be shipping 500,000 cars a year.


Analytics technology from Formula E—the electric car race series—will model London’s streets as a speedway. Data simulations from racecars may help connected cabs make optimizations for the real world. That means smart racecars and taxis could find the fastest routes, reduce energy consumption, and ease traffic congestion in the city.Advertisement


Marc Bain on the new wonder fabric that is synthetic spider silk. “Spider silk’s qualities are nearly mythical. Its tensile strength is comparable to steel’s. Yet it is lighter, and can be as stretchy as a rubber band. Those traits in combination make it tougher than Kevlar.” Read more here.


To improve college diversity, increase the number of interracial roommate pairings. A counter to the trend of colleges allowing freshmen to choose their own roommates.

Britain’s role in the global economy doesn’t matter that much.The economic slowdown in China is far more significant.

Free condoms do little to reduce teen pregnancy. The government should distribute more effective, longer-lasting birth control methods.


Have you gotten around to planning your summer vacation yet? If not, we’re offering a weekend trip for two to Santa Monica, CA. We’ll cover your airfare, meals, and a two-night stay at the Casa Del Mar, a five-star hotel steps from the beach. Enter here for a chance to win.


British museums are purposefully displaying fake art. It’s to encourage visitors to take a closer look at the paintings.

Vatican City has the highest per-capita wine consumption in the world. Each resident, on average, drinks 74 liters per year—not including the wine drunk at mass.

A hospital is offering astrological guidance to patients. The program uses star charts to guide understanding of life events and personalities.

Stocks are still legal in the UK. And one town councilor plans to bring the medieval form of public punishment back.

Scientists have made a big step toward creating genetically modified glowing trees. Sustainable street lighting, anyone?

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