After a 3 1/2 year journey, a Japanese space probe finally arrived at an asteroid to blow a crater into it and collect samples to take back to Earth. Over the next year and a half, the spacecraft, known as Hayabusa 2, will attempt three brief landings on the asteroid to collect samples. The mission is tricky due to uneven surfaces and high surface temperature. If the retrieval and the return journey are successful, the samples could give insight to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. The samples are expected to arrive back to Earth at the end of 2020.
Hospitals are frequently running out of widely used injected painkillers, forcing doctors to save injected opioids for patients suffering the most. Other patients receive slower-acting or less effective pain pills. The shortage of injected painkillers is causing a problem with suffering patients, for example, people fighting cancer or have severe burns, since they are not receiving an efficient amount of pain control. Medical groups are urging regulators to help, and earlier this month, the American Medical Association declared drug shortages a public health crisis.
Michael Rosfeld, a white police officer of East Pittsburg, was charged with homicide after shooting and killing 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. Rosfeld gave inconsistent answers during the recap of the shooting, first saying that he “saw something dark he perceived as a gun” when the teen ran from the car and turned his hand toward him. On the second account of the shooting, Rosfeld said he did not see a gun and was not sure whether the boy’s arm was pointed towards him. Rose and another teen were pulled over on suspicion they were involved in a drive-by shooting. Rose was shot three times— in the right side of his face, his back and his elbow. The bullet through Rose’s back struck his lung and heart.