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SpaceX capsule splashes down in Pacific with space station cargo


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo capsule made a parachute splashdown into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, wrapping up a five-week stay at the International Space Station.

Bowwow wow! Dog domestication much older than previously known

WASHINGTON - Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind's long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought.

Oddly Enough 21 May 2015

Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food

WASHINGTON - Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.

22 May 2015

Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture needs commercial orders to survive

WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, on Thursday said it would go out of business unless it won commercial and civil satellite launch orders to offset an expected slump in U.S. military and spy launches.

21 May 2015

Mind-controlled prosthetic limbs allow precise, smooth movement

WASHINGTON - More than a decade after becoming paralyzed from the neck down, Erik Sorto has been unable to perform even the simplest of daily tasks.

21 May 2015

'Top 10' new species includes cartwheeling spider, 'chicken from hell'

NEW YORK - Some 18,000 species, great and small, were discovered in 2014, adding to the 2 million already known, scientists said on Thursday, as they released a "Top 10" list that highlights the diversity of life.

Oddly Enough 21 May 2015

Bluebird's gene therapy continues to show promise in early study

- Biotech firm Bluebird Bio Inc said its experimental gene therapy continued to exhibit a positive effect in an ongoing early-stage study of patients with rare types of blood disorders.

Health 21 May 2015

Human ancestors made stone tools earlier than previously known

WASHINGTON - Our ancient ancestors made stone tools, a milestone achievement along the path of human progress, much earlier than previously thought and far before the appearance of the first known member of our genus Homo.

20 May 2015

Washington state finds first dinosaur fossil, T. rex relative bone

SEATTLE - Scientists digging among coastal rocks in Washington state have found the partial left femur of a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur, a fossil believed to be about 80 million years old and the first of its kind found in the state, scientists said on Wednesday.

20 May 2015

U.S. Air Force mini shuttle back in orbit for secret mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday to put a mostly classified experimental space plane into orbit for the U.S. military.

20 May 2015

Battle ropes become popular go-to fitness tools in U.S. gyms

NEW YORK - Battle ropes, the thick and heavy ropes that look as if they could tether a ship to shore, have become go-to fitness tools in gyms for people seeking a tough workout that is also engaging and fun.