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  • Citing safety concerns, the National Science Foundation announces that the 57-year-old Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will be decommissioned. Earlier this month, a second cable supporting the 900-ton instrument platform snapped. The platform is suspended 450 feet (137 meters) above the fixed radio dish, which is 1,000 feet (305 meters) in diameter. (NSF)

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  • Pending an investigation, Taiwan grounds all of its F-16 fleet, about half of the country's fighter fleet, after a plane disappeared from radar over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, with search and rescue operations ongoing. (CNN)

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