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Blue Origin rocket fails and more: Understand the world through 9 images

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A Blue Origin rocket suffered a major malfunction in flight the week of September 8–14, as researchers made a shocking discovery about microplastics and an important clinical trial began.

Here are the week’s biggest science stories, told in 9 incredible images.