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U.S. Air Force overstepped bounds in SpaceX certification: report

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force overstepped its bounds as it worked to certify privately held SpaceX to launch military satellites, undermining the benefit of working with a commercial provider, an independent review showed on Thursday.

EU to resume Galileo satellite launch program

BRUSSELS - The European Union is set to send two navigation satellites into orbit on Friday aboard a Russian rocket, in its first launch since a botched deployment in August that cost several million euros to fix.

Russia 26 Mar 2015

Jockey motion tracking reveals racing prowess

A research team from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is using motion tracking technology to try to establish the optimal riding position for jockeys, as well as enhance the performance of racehorses and reduce the risk of injury to both horse and jockey. The project, entitled "Apprentice to Journeyman: the influence of jockey technique on thoroughbred racehorse locomotion", is analyzing the riding style of more experienced jockeys compared with novice riders to try to determine if the techniq | Video

26 Mar 2015

Delta rocket blasts off from Florida with improved GPS satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday to deliver the ninth of 12 next-generation Global Positioning System satellites into orbit. | Video

Tech 25 Mar 2015

NASA picks an asteroid rock to pave the road to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - A NASA robot ship will pluck a large boulder off an asteroid and sling it around the moon, becoming an ad hoc destination to prepare for future human missions to Mars, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday.

25 Mar 2015

Supermassive blackhole detector ready for business

The Sierra Negra volcano in the central Mexican state of Puebla is the site of an ambitious astrophysical project which houses the largest gamma ray observatory ever built on the planet. | Video

25 Mar 2015

Smartphone use changing our brain and thumb interaction, say researchers

Typing text messages, scrolling web pages, and checking your email on your smartphone could be changing the way your thumbs and brain interacts. That's according to researchers from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and University of Fribourg. | Video

Tech 25 Mar 2015

Oldest evidence of breast cancer found in Egyptian skeleton

CAIRO - A team from a Spanish university has discovered what Egyptian authorities are calling the world's oldest evidence of breast cancer in the 4,200-year-old skeleton of an adult woman.

24 Mar 2015

Robot racing sparks scientific enthusiasm in U.S. students

WORCESTER, Mass. - A hefty robot designed for search-and-rescue and a spindly four-legged rival that bounds along on hydraulic limbs will face off next month along with more than a dozen other entrants in the debut Vecna Robot Sprint Challenge outside Boston.

Tech, 24 Mar 2015

Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced on Wednesday.

Environment 24 Mar 2015
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White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters.