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SpaceX delays planned cargo run to space station to early January

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space Exploration Technologies is delaying the planned launch on Friday of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA, to early January, officials said on Thursday.

Songbirds fly coop long before tornadoes arrive in Tennessee

WASHINGTON - You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame.

Environment 12:45pm EST

India tests its heaviest space launch vehicle, eyes global market

NEW DELHI - India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry.

World, 2:12am EST

U.S, China making progress on biotech crop talks: USDA's Vilsack

CHICAGO - The United States and China are making progress in talks over Beijing's acceptance of new biotechnology for crops, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.

China 17 Dec 2014

SpaceX to attempt rocket landing at sea

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space Exploration Technologies will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a sea platform following launch on Friday, company officials said, a vital step to prove its precision landing capabilities needed before it can gain a ground landing license.

17 Dec 2014

NASA rover finds organic molecules, methane gas on Mars

Reuters - NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has found carbon-containing compounds in samples drilled out of an ancient rock, the first definitive detection of organics on the surface of Earth’s neighbor planet, scientists said on Tuesday. | Video

16 Dec 2014

Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.

Environment 16 Dec 2014

Ancient DNA reveals history of horse domestication

NEW YORK - Speed, smarts, and the heart of a champion: using genomic analysis, scientists have identified DNA changes that helped turn ancient horses such as those in prehistoric cave art into today's Secretariats and Black Beautys, researchers reported Monday.

15 Dec 2014

Russia considers building its own space station: RIA

MOSCOW - Russian state space agency Roscosmos is considering building its own space station, RIA news agency quoted its chief as saying on Monday, underlining how international tensions are affecting space cooperation.

Russia 15 Dec 2014

CERN particle smasher to turn back on at record power in March

LONDON - CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous power, helping scientists hunt for clues about the universe.

12 Dec 2014
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Sierra Leone's leading doctor dies of Ebola

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the government's chief medical officer said. | Video