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Israel uses military expertise to join commercial space race


HAIFA, Israel - Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market.

U.S. science probe nears unexplored dwarf planet Ceres

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A NASA science satellite on Friday will wrap up a 7-1/2-year journey to Ceres, an unexplored dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists said on Monday.

02 Mar 2015

U.S. ends program flagging 'sensitive' patent requests

- A little known but controversial program that flagged sensitive patent applications involving potentially touchy subjects such as AIDS vaccines and abortion devices has been scrapped by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

U.S., 03 Mar 2015

U.S. satellite likely exploded after temperature spike: Air Force

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A U.S. military weather satellite appears to have exploded while in orbit last month after a sudden temperature spike in its power system, producing 43 pieces of new space debris, the Air Force said on Tuesday.

U.S., 03 Mar 2015

Harvard prevention trial studies tau, Alzheimer's other protein

CHICAGO - Alzheimer's researchers at Harvard for the first time are scanning the brains of healthy patients for the presence of a hallmark protein called tau, which forms toxic tangles of nerve fibers associated with the fatal disease.

Health 03 Mar 2015

Study finds gorilla origins in half of human AIDS virus lineages

WASHINGTON - Revealing new details about the origins of AIDS, scientists said on Monday half the lineages of the main type of human immunodeficiency virus, HIV-1, originated in gorillas in Cameroon before infecting people, probably via bushmeat hunting.

Health 02 Mar 2015

Lockheed invests in Rocket Lab's U.S. unit to keep pace with innovation

WASHINGTON - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Monday it had made a strategic investment in the U.S. unit of New Zealand's Rocket Lab, which is building a carbon-composite rocket, the Electron, to launch small satellites into orbit for less than $5 million.

02 Mar 2015

Companies' tests used in 'superbug' scope cleaning flawed: FDA

- Manufacturers' tests of procedures to clean medical scopes linked with "superbug" outbreaks contained flaws that render their cleaning instructions unreliable, according to a senior official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Health 02 Mar 2015

Astronauts breeze through spacewalk to rig station for U.S. space taxis

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - Two U.S. astronauts whipped through a third spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Sunday to rig parking spots for new U.S. space taxis. | Video

01 Mar 2015

SpaceX rocket blasts off with world’s first all-electric satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - A Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday to put the world’s first all-electric communications satellites into orbit.

01 Mar 2015

Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision

NEW YORK - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage.