1.) It’s possible that we may see a record tied, or broken, for the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth. A “stuck” weather pattern is setting up across the U.S. and Canada and by the middle of next week the jet stream will form the shape of a massive, slithering snake with what meteorologists refer to as a deep "ridge" across the Western states, and an equally deep trough setting up across the Central and Eastern states. The highest reliably recorded air temperature on Earth was set July 10, 1913 in Death Valley, California at 134°F. With forecast highs between 126°F to 129°F this weekend, that record could be threatened.
2.) How much mouse do you think you need to make a clone? Turns out a single drop of blood will do the trick. At the Riken BioResource Center, the BBC reports researchers have managed to clone a mouse using just one drop of normal, circulating blood. The clone was healthy, lived a normal lifespan, and was able to reproduce. While mice have previously been cloned from things like bone marrow and liver, this method—which is similar to the one that produced the famous cloned sheep Dolly—doesn't involve killing the donor mouse.
3.) On Sunday, a memorial service will be held at the Target in Wilsonville, Oregon, just outside of Portland. A group of 54 people will honor and eulogize the 50,000 bees they believed were murdered. It turns out landscapers in the area used a powerful insecticide called Safari to spray some Linden trees. So the bees were in the wrong place and got exposed to the gas and killed. It's estimated that millions of bees die worldwide from people trying to spray other types of insects to protect their plants. If you can’t attend the service, a Facebook page has been established, and you can leave your comment on the Wilsonville Bees Memorial page.