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Rocket with 'Denmark's Gagarin' lifts off to space station

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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying a three-man international crew, including Denmark's first astronaut, roared off on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, beginning a two-day journey to the International Space Station (ISS).

King of clubs: intriguing tale of the 'tank' dinosaur's tail

WASHINGTON - One of the most impressive weapons to appear during the dinosaur arms race of the Cretaceous Period was the big bony tail club wielded by some members of a group of tank-like plant-eaters.

01 Sep 2015

Medical specialists urge more debate on gene-editing technology

LONDON - Medical researchers called on Wednesday for detailed, thoughtful debate on future use of new genetic technology that has the potential to create "designer babies".

Health 01 Sep 2015

Deaf mice cured with gene therapy

Boston, Massachusetts - In a laboratory at Boston Children's Hospital a cure for genetic deafness is taking shape. Lead researcher Jeff Holt says that if all goes as planned, children of the future who lose their ability to hear due to genetic mutation will never go deaf. | Video

Health 01 Sep 2015

Primordial sea beast resembled ancient Greek warship

WASHINGTON - One of the earliest big predators to prowl Earth's primordial waters was a sea scorpion nearly 6 feet (1.7 meters) long whose body looked a bit like an ancient Greek warship.

01 Sep 2015

First Dane goes into space -- to test bike gear

COPENHAGEN - Denmark will send its first man into space on Wednesday and in keeping with the country's love of all things cycling, one of his jobs will be to test new equipment on Danish-made exercise bikes at the International Space Station.

Oddly Enough, 01 Sep 2015

SpaceX rocket grounded for 'couple more months,' company says

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - SpaceX plans to keep its Falcon 9 rocket grounded longer than planned following a launch accident in June that destroyed a space station cargo ship, the company president said on Monday.

31 Aug 2015

Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin joins Florida university

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first Americans to land on the moon, will spearhead a new research institute in Florida aimed at paving a path toward Mars exploration and settlement, officials said on Thursday.

27 Aug 2015

Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter awarded $75 million on Friday to help a consortium of high-tech firms and researchers develop electronic systems packed with sensors flexible enough to be worn by soldiers or molded onto the skin of a plane.

Tech, 28 Aug 2015

Scientists solve mystery of polar bear Knut's death

BERLIN - Knut, the star polar bear who was hand-reared at Berlin zoo after his mother rejected him, had a type of auto-immune inflation of the brain that is found in humans, scientists said on Thursday.

Environment 27 Aug 2015
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Tests help shed light on autism genetics

(Reuters Health) - Advances in genetic testing may eventually allow for more tailored care for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers say.