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It took about 20 minutes and two helium tanks to fill up the huge latex balloon. A rope dangling from the bottom held onto an assortment of gadgets, including a video camera, parachute, and a razor attached to motor that was programmed to cut the rope at just the right altitude.

The excitement was muted -- and the seriousness high -- as students from the University of Hartford and University of Bridgeport prepared to launch the high-altitude balloon 35,000 into a clear blue sky.

Courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory

On Long Island, Brookhaven National Laboratory plans to cut its workforce by 6.5 percent within the next few months.

Lab officials say that the staff reduction is not related to proposed cuts in President Trump’s budget, but an opportunity to reduce costs.

The buyouts would be offered to support staff, and the lab hopes to cut 175 jobs.

Officials tell Newsday that if buyout offers are not accepted by August 24, layoffs are possible.

Brookhaven National Lab currently has 2,700 employees.

Courtesy of Yale News. Copyright Royal Ontario Museum.

Scientists at Yale and the Royal Ontario Museum say they’ve discovered the fossils of a tiny predator that roamed the oceans 500 million years ago and caught its prey in its spiny mouth. The team found the creature’s fossils virtually intact at a dig site in British Columbia.

A key committee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a first-of-its-kind recommendation this week, unanimously signing off on an experimental cancer treatment. Research for the treatment was funded, in part, by a Connecticut nonprofit.

SAM DROEGE / USGS BEE INVENTORY AND MONITORING LAB / Creative Commons

Honey bees have been having a tough time lately. Pests and disease have plagued many hives, killing off the pollinators and forcing people looking to save the bees to get creative.

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