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Billionaire Elon Musk outlines plans for humans to colonize Mars

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday. | Video

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Hubble spots evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa

Astronomers on Monday said they have spotted evidence of water vapor plumes rising from Jupiter's moon Europa, a finding that might make it easier to learn whether life exists in the warm, salty ocean hidden beneath its icy surface.

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Scientists find new fat clues in faeces

LONDON Scientists in Britain have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo - the human fecal microbiome - and levels of harmful types of body fat.

Health Sep 26 2016
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SpaceX blast investigation suggests breach in oxygen tank's helium system

DALLAS A SpaceX rocket that burst into flames on its launch pad at the beginning of this month likely suffered a large breach in its upper-stage helium system, the company said on Friday.

Tech, Sep 23 2016
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Work on sex life of rats, life as a badger honored at Ig Nobel Prizes

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Scientific research into how polyester pants affect the sex life of rats, what it's like for a human to live like a badger and how different the world looks when viewed through your legs was honored at this year's Ig Nobel spoof awards.

Oddly Enough Sep 23 2016
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Moonlight sonata: fish's nocturnal 'singing' secrets revealed

WASHINGTON In one of the marvels of nature, males of a fish species called the plainfin midshipman that dwells in Pacific coastal waters from Alaska to Baja California court females during breeding season using a nocturnal "love song" with an otherworldly sound.

Sep 22 2016
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Hard-headed: prehistoric Texas reptile boasted bony domed skull

WASHINGTON In a warm, lush region of West Texas crisscrossed with rivers, a bizarre reptile roamed the Triassic Period landscape about 228 million years ago, boasting a bony domed head unlike almost any creature that ever appeared on Earth.

Sep 22 2016
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Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to end epic trek with comet crash landing

FRANKFURT/BERLIN After 12 years chasing a comet across more 6 billion km of space, European scientists will end the historic Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on the surface of the dusty, icy body at the end of the month.

Germany Sep 22 2016
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SpaceX says accident probe will not slow space taxi effort

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. SpaceX on Thursday said efforts to develop and certify a space taxi for NASA are not being slowed by an investigation into a launch pad fire that destroyed its rocket and a $200 million Israeli communications satellite.

Tech Sep 15 2016
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China launches second experimental space lab module

BEIJING China launched its second experimental space laboratory on Thursday, part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022. | Video

China Sep 16 2016

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What health experts do to stay healthy

We asked doctors and scientists in the fields of sleep, skin cancer, heart health and more for their best advice for living longer, healthier and happier.

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Thailand investigates four cases of suspected Zika-linked microcephaly

BANGKOK Thailand is investigating four suspected cases of Zika-related microcephaly in three babies and a 36-week old unborn baby, the public health minister said on Tuesday, in what could be the first cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in Southeast Asia.