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U.S. investigators blame Virgin Galactic crash on lax pilot training


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Federal investigators cited inadequate training of test pilots by a Northrup Grumman Corp subsidiary on Tuesday as a leading factor behind last year's fatal crash of an experimental Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship over the Mojave Desert.

NASA tests new camera at a space station

NASA astronaut, Terry Virts, recently tested a new camera that seems to provide more detailed material from space.  | Video

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Lithium find in exploding star could help solve astronomy puzzle

SANTIAGO - Astronomers have discovered lithium in a type of stellar explosion known as a nova for the first time, a find that helps clear up a longstanding mystery in astrophysics about the quantity of the element that has been observed in stars.

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Toothy terror: dinosaurs like T. rex had unique serrated teeth

WASHINGTON - If you want to know the secret behind the success of Tyrannosaurus rex and its meat-eating dinosaur cousins, look no further than their teeth.

28 Jul 2015

Scientists identify men who died at Virginia's Jamestown 400 years ago

WASHINGTON - U.S. scientists have used high-tech detective work to identify the remains of four leaders of Jamestown, the New World's first successful English colony, more than 400 years after they died, the Smithsonian Institution said on Tuesday. | Video

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In Africa's 'cradle,' an old fossil site yields new finds

KROMDRAAI, South Africa - Crouched in a shallow square grid dug into the red African earth, American graduate student Sarah Edlund uses a hand brush to scrape soil into a dustpan.

27 Jul 2015

NASA spacecraft shows Pluto wrapped in haze, ice flows

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A stunning silhouette of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft after it shot past the icy orb last week show an extensive layer of atmospheric haze, while close-up pictures of the ground reveal flows of nitrogen ice, scientists said on Friday. | Video

24 Jul 2015

Astronomers discover most Earth-like planet yet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A planet believed to be remarkably similar to Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star, bolstering hopes of finding life elsewhere in the universe, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. | Video

23 Jul 2015

Scientists control mouse brain by remote control

Scientists have successfully altered the neural networks of laboratory mice using a wireless controller; allowing them to study the effects of neural stimulation without invasive procedures and without test subjects tethered by wires. | Video

Tech 24 Jul 2015

New crew arrives at space station after two-month delay

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - A Russian Soyuz capsule carrying three new crew for the International Space Station arrived at the orbital outpost on Wednesday after a two-month launch delay, a NASA TV broadcast showed. | Video

Russia 23 Jul 2015

Exclusive: GSK faces new corruption allegations, this time in Romania

LONDON - Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which was fined a record 3 billion yuan ($483 million) for corruption in China last year and is examining possible staff misconduct elsewhere, faces new allegations of bribery in Romania.