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Little African primate's talents inspire leaping robot


WASHINGTON Inspired by the remarkable jumping ability of an African primate called a galago, scientists have fashioned a small robot with unique leaping capabilities they hope can someday be used in tricky search-and-rescue situations.


European Mars mission funding approved even after test lander's crash

LUCERNE, Switzerland European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test lander that was part of the program crashed in October, ESA said on Friday.

Dec 02 2016

U.S. patent agency to weigh rival claims on gene-editing technology

(Corrects company name to Editas Medicine from Editas Pharmaceuticals in paragraph 15)

Health 11:16am EST

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin recovering well after Antarctic evacuation

SYDNEY Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos on Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness.

People, U.S. Dec 02 2016

Russian cargo ship destroyed after launch for Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. An unmanned Russian cargo ship loaded with more than 2-1/2 tons of food and supplies for the International Space Station broke apart about six minutes after liftoff on Thursday, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement. | Video

World Dec 02 2016

Facebook developing artificial intelligence to flag offensive live videos

MENLO PARK, Calif. Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning.

Tech, Facebook Dec 01 2016

SpaceX aims for December 16 return to flight, customer Iridium says

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX hopes to return its Falcon 9 rocket to flight on Dec. 16, said Iridium Communications Inc, which plans to have 10 of its satellites on board for launching.

Tech Dec 01 2016

Human ancestor 'Lucy' adept at tree climbing as well as walking

AUSTIN, Texas Scientists using sophisticated scanning technology on the fossil bones of the ancient human ancestor from Ethiopia dubbed "Lucy" have determined that she was adept at climbing trees as well as walking, an ability that in her case may have proven fatal.

Africa Nov 30 2016

Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

SYDNEY Warm seas around Australia's Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday. | Video


Czech scientists develop human lung model to aid treatments

BRNO, Czech Republic Czech scientists have developed a model of a functioning human lung that can be used to simulate problems like asthma or other chronic diseases and their treatments.

Health Nov 24 2016