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Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist

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CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program.

Genetic history of modern Europeans a tangled tale, research finds

WASHINGTON - The genetic origins of modern Europeans may be more complicated than previously thought.

17 Sep 2014

Boeing-Lockheed venture picks Bezos engine for future rockets

WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance (ULA), a Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp joint venture, said on Wednesday it would invest heavily in a new rocket engine being developed by Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin.

17 Sep 2014

Ingredion bans new GMO corn at plant, mulls fate of second type

CHICAGO - Ingredion Inc, manufacturer of sweeteners and starches made from corn, will not buy a new variety of genetically modified corn developed by Syngenta AG, according to a notice on the ingredients supplier's website on Wednesday.

17 Sep 2014

USDA grants approval to Dow's Enlist GMO corn and soybeans

- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday gave final approval to new genetically modified corn and soybeans developed by Dow AgroSciences that, while heavily criticized by environmentalists and some farmers, are portrayed by Dow as an answer to weed resistance problems that limit crop production.

17 Sep 2014

Scientists locate 'ghost' ship wrecks in San Francisco waters

- U.S. government researchers working with divers and sonar equipment have located the wrecks of what they dubbed "forgotten ghost ships" in waters just outside San Francisco's Golden Gate strait.

17 Sep 2014

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
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U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia

WASHINGTON - The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military's battle against West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.