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Repaired SpaceX rocket to fly by early December, company says


JERUSALEM - Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, expects to return a repaired and upgraded Falcon 9 rocket to flight around the start of December, a company vice president said, less than six months after one exploded shortly after liftoff.

Astronauts test high definition 4K camera in space

Astronauts on the International Space Station inserted an effervescent tablet in a floating ball of water to test a new device that can record four times the resolution of a normal high definition camera. | Video

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Florida circus elephants find second career in research

POLK CITY, Fla. - At a Florida retirement home for former circus elephants, residents enjoy a steady diet of high-quality hay and local fruits and vegetables, as well as baths and occasional walks.

U.S. 10 Oct 2015

Gene editing could pave way for pig organ transplants: U.S. study

CHICAGO - U.S. researchers have used a new gene editing technique to trim away potentially harmful virus genes that have impeded the use of pig organs for transplants in humans.

12 Oct 2015

Chilean scientists create contraceptive vaccine for dogs

Veterinary scientists in Chile have invented a contraceptive vaccine for dogs, which can be used in both males and females, and may provide an inexpensive option to help control the country's growing canine population. | Video

12 Oct 2015

Nobel laureate chemist Richard Heck, 84, dies in Manila

MANILA - American chemist and Nobel laureate Richard Heck died in Manila on Saturday after years of illnesses that left him almost penniless, relatives of his Filipina wife said on Saturday.

World, 10 Oct 2015

Nestle spends $70 million on U.S. health science hub

ZURICH - Nestle's health science division is investing $70 million in a product technology center that will become the unit's new U.S. headquarters and research hub, the division said on Friday.

Health, 09 Oct 2015

Experts caution on study citing method to predict sexual orientation

- U.S. researchers on Thursday said they had found a way to predict male sexual orientation based on molecular markers that control DNA function, but genetics experts warned that the research has important limitations and will not provide definitive answers to a potential biological basis for sexual preference.

Health, 08 Oct 2015

Ancient Ethiopian man's genome illuminates ancestry of Africans

WASHINGTON - DNA extracted from the skull of a man buried 4,500 years ago in an Ethiopian cave is providing new clarity on the ancestry of modern Africans as well as shedding light on an influx of people from the ancient Middle East into the Horn of Africa.

08 Oct 2015

NASA Mars rover finds clear evidence for ancient, long-lived lakes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Three years after landing in a giant Martian crater, NASA's Curiosity rover has found what scientists call proof that the basin had repeatedly filled with water, bolstering chances for life on Mars, a study published on Thursday showed.

08 Oct 2015

Planned Parenthood revises reimbursement policy after video uproar

WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood would no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue donated for medical research after abortions, the women's healthcare provider said on Tuesday, a response to allegations by anti-abortion campaigners that it profited from abortions.