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Boeing invests in autonomous flight tech provider Near Earth Autonomy

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Boeing Co said on Thursday it invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based firm that develops technologies enabling autonomous flight such as drones.

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SpaceX, Spacecom to launch new satellites after explosion last year

JERUSALEM Israel's Space Communications has signed a deal with Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch two communication satellites into orbit, after a prior attempt ended in disaster.

Oct 18 2017
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Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

WASHINGTON Cetaceans -- whales and dolphins -- are among the brainiest of beings. In terms of sheer brain size, the sperm whale is tops on Earth, with a brain six times larger than that of a person.

Oct 16 2017
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Thunder and lightning: scientists pair gravitational waves, light

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time paired the detection of gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, with light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday. | Video

Oct 16 2017
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Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

WASHINGTON The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people.

Oct 12 2017

Europe launches sixth Sentinel Earth observation satellite

FRANKFURT Europe launched the sixth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites on Friday as part of the multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to monitor volcanic ash and ultraviolet radiation.

Oct 13 2017
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Earthlings test warning system as asteroid flies by

FRANKFURT An asteroid the size of a school bus flew remarkably near Earth on Thursday, providing scientists with an opportunity to test the warning systems that would kick in if a space collision was coming. | Video

Oct 12 2017
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Japan launches fourth satellite for high-precision GPS

TOKYO Japan on Tuesday launched a fourth satellite for a new high-precision global positioning system (GPS) it hopes will encourage new businesses and help spur economic growth.

Tech, Japan Oct 10 2017
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Pope to get closer to heavens with call to space station

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will get closer to the heavens this month when he puts in a call to the International Space Station.

Oct 09 2017
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What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

WASHINGTON Scientists have answered one of nature’s most pungent questions: what gives the world’s smelliest fruit its distinctive aroma.

Oct 09 2017
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McConnell on healthcare bills: What does Trump want?

WASHINGTON U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was willing to bring healthcare legislation up for a vote but was waiting for the go-ahead from President Donald Trump, who sent mixed signals last week about a bipartisan bill that would shore up insurance markets.