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Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found in chunk of amber

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WASHINGTON Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving scientists unique insight into feathered dinosaurs that prospered during the Cretaceous Period.

Japanese cargo ship blasts off for space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. An unmanned H-2B rocket blasted off from Tanegashima island in southern Japan on Friday to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed. | Video

Japan Dec 09 2016
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In fossil rarity, tumor found in 255-million-year-old beast

WASHINGTON Scientists examining the jawbone of a saber-toothed, mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago have come across a remarkable fossil rarity: one of the oldest-known tumors.

Dec 08 2016
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Inmarsat switches to Arianespace for satellite launch after SpaceX delays

LONDON British satellite company Inmarsat will switch to using Arianespace from rival SpaceX to launch a new satellite to provide broadband connectivity to air passengers, it said on Thursday.

Tech, Dec 08 2016
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John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95. | Video

U.S., People Dec 08 2016
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Musk's SpaceX says rockets to remain grounded until January

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – - Elon Musk's SpaceX has been forced to delay the return of its rockets to flight until January as an investigation continues into a launch pad explosion earlier this year, the tech billionaire' s company said on Wednesday.

Dec 07 2016
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Little African primate's talents inspire leaping robot

WASHINGTON Inspired by the remarkable jumping ability of an African primate called a galago, scientists have fashioned a small robot with unique leaping capabilities they hope can someday be used in tricky search-and-rescue situations.

Tech, Dec 06 2016
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European Mars mission funding approved even after test lander's crash

LUCERNE, Switzerland European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test lander that was part of the program crashed in October, ESA said on Friday.

Dec 02 2016

U.S. patent agency to weigh rival claims on gene-editing technology

(Corrects company name to Editas Medicine from Editas Pharmaceuticals in paragraph 15)

Health Dec 06 2016
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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin recovering well after Antarctic evacuation

SYDNEY Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos on Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness.

People, U.S. Dec 02 2016