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SpaceX to attempt rocket landing at sea


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space Exploration Technologies will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a sea platform following launch on Friday, company officials said, a vital step to prove its precision landing capabilities needed before it can gain a ground landing license.

U.S, China making progress on biotech crop talks: USDA's Vilsack

CHICAGO - The United States and China are making progress in talks over Beijing's acceptance of new biotechnology for crops, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.

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NASA rover finds organic molecules, methane gas on Mars

Reuters - NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has found carbon-containing compounds in samples drilled out of an ancient rock, the first definitive detection of organics on the surface of Earth’s neighbor planet, scientists said on Tuesday. | Video

16 Dec 2014

Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.

Environment 16 Dec 2014

Ancient DNA reveals history of horse domestication

NEW YORK - Speed, smarts, and the heart of a champion: using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today's Secretariats and Black Beautys, researchers reported Monday.

15 Dec 2014

Russia considers building its own space station: RIA

MOSCOW - Russian state space agency Roscosmos is considering building its own space station, RIA news agency quoted its chief as saying on Monday, underlining how international tensions are affecting space cooperation.

Russia 15 Dec 2014

CERN particle smasher to turn back on at record power in March

LONDON - CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous power, helping scientists hunt for clues about the universe.

12 Dec 2014

Feathered friends: researchers unveil bird 'family tree'

WASHINGTON - Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird 'family tree' ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. | Video

11 Dec 2014

Rosetta shows Earth's water did not come from comets: study

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Early results from Europe's Rosetta spacecraft challenge a long-held theory that comets delivered water to early Earth, a study released on Wednesday shows.

10 Dec 2014

Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans

WASHINGTON - There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans.

Environment 10 Dec 2014

Ebola fears speed changes in U.S. hospital record systems

CHICAGO - The worst Ebola outbreak on record, and its spread beyond West Africa, has accelerated changes in how U.S. hospitals address the threat of infectious diseases, say health IT companies and industry experts.