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Boeing, SpaceX win contracts to build 'space taxis' for NASA


CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON - NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, officials said on Tuesday. | Video

SpaceX must meet high standard to get rocket certified : U.S. officials

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. Air Force officials on Tuesday said they favored competition for military rocket launches, but the Air Force needed to stick to its high standards in certifying the Falcon 9 rocket, built by privately-held Space Exploration Technologies.

U.S. 16 Sep 2014

Forensics suggest Richard III killed by two blows to bare head

LONDON - Scientists in Britain have given blow-by-blow details of King Richard III's death at the Battle of Bosworth more than 500 years ago and say two of many blows to his bare head could have killed him very swiftly.

16 Sep 2014

U.S. air force seeks funding for space surveillance satellites

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force plans to request initial funding for three surveillance satellites to track objects in space as part of its fiscal 2016 budget request, a top Air Force general said Tuesday.

Tech 16 Sep 2014

Urine test for cervical cancer virus offers alternative to smear

LONDON - A simple urine test for the virus that causes cervical cancer could offer a less invasive and more acceptable alternative to the conventional cervical smear test, researchers said on Tuesday.

Health 16 Sep 2014

Spaceport delays prompt some impatience in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. - Delays in the launch of the first space flights by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic from a base in New Mexico have drawn criticism from a county commissioner in the south of the state.

U.S. 16 Sep 2014

Miami Bat Squad tracks rare species to golf course roost

MIAMI - Shortly after dusk, three researchers squat on the lawn of a vacant, million-dollar home in a posh Miami suburb, pointing ultrasonic microphones at the darkened mansion.

U.S., Environment 16 Sep 2014

Rosetta team picks spot for historic comet landing

BERLIN/PARIS - A team of scientists identified on Monday the point on the surface of a comet, known as "Site J," where they aim to land a probe in what would be a historic breakthrough for their decade-long project.

15 Sep 2014

First UK volunteer gets experimental GSK Ebola shot in trial

LONDON - The first volunteer in a fast-tracked British safety trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline received the injection on Wednesday, trial organizers said.