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Air Force says rocket accident won’t bump SpaceX from competition


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./WASHINGTON - SpaceX can compete to launch a U.S. Global Positioning System satellite despite a Falcon 9 rocket accident this weekend, the Air Force said on Wednesday.

Total recall: brain process for memory formation revealed

WASHINGTON - With a little help from Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston and Josh Brolin - or at least photos of them - scientists have gained a new understanding of how memories of everyday events are formed in the brain.

01 Jul 2015

I'll bite: ancient saber-toothed cat's teeth grew prodigiously

WASHINGTON - The ferocious saber-toothed cat Smilodon was a star in Hollywood long before it became Tinseltown, with extensive remains of this Ice Age predator that prowled North and South America preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

01 Jul 2015

Rosetta spacecraft finds massive sinkholes on comet's surface

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has massive sinkholes in its surface that are nearly wide enough to swallow Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, research published on Wednesday shows.

01 Jul 2015

Minor changes turned Black Death germ from mild to murderous

WASHINGTON - The bacterium Yersinia pestis has inflicted almost unimaginable misery upon humankind over the centuries, killing an estimated 200 million or more people and triggering horrific plagues in the 6th and 14th centuries.

Health 30 Jun 2015

Dubai says plans world's first 3D printed office building

DUBAI - Dubai said it would construct a small office building using a 3D printer for the first time, in a drive to develop technology that would cut costs and save time as the city grows.

Tech 30 Jun 2015

Spiky little sea 'monster' thrived a half billion years ago

WASHINGTON - More than half a billion years ago, a peculiar little creature with rows of spikes on its back and delicate, feather-like front limbs to strain bits of food from the water thrived in the primordial seas of what is now China.

29 Jun 2015

Falcon rocket explosion leaves SpaceX launch schedule in tatters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - SpaceX on Monday was searching for what destroyed its Falcon 9 rocket after liftoff over the weekend, leaving customers still loyal but unsure when their satellites might fly.

Tech 29 Jun 2015

Exclusive: U.S. should spurn Russia rocket engines despite SpaceX failure - McCain

WASHINGTON - The failure of a SpaceX rocket over Florida on Sunday should not lead U.S. officials back to Russia to look for a rocket engine that can get military equipment into space, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said on Monday.

Tech, Russia 29 Jun 2015

SpaceX rocket supplying space station explodes after Florida launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Florida on Sunday, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station in the latest in a string of mishaps in supplying the orbiting outpost. | Video

28 Jun 2015

Superbug threat prompts West to revisit Soviet-era virus therapy

Alarmed by rising resistance to antibiotics scientists and governments are taking a fresh look at bacteria-chomping viruses first isolated a century ago from the stools of patients recovering from dysentery.