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Three-man international crew safely reaches space station


ALMATY - A Russian Soyuz spaceship safely delivered a three-man international crew, including Denmark's first astronaut, to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, a day after having had to maneuver to avoid colliding with space debris.

Snot-filled whale research takes flight

Gloucester, Mass. - Snotbot is a drone whose name describes it perfectly, it's a robot that collects snot, specifically whale snot. | Video

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Key radar fails on $1 billion NASA environmental satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A key instrument on a $1 billion NASA satellite has failed, reducing scientists' ability to capture data to measure the moisture in Earth's soil in order to improve flood forecasting and monitor climate change, officials said on Thursday.

03 Sep 2015

Explosive news: Plants can fight back against TNT pollution - researchers

WASHINGTON - Scientists have discovered why TNT is so toxic to plants and intend to use this knowledge to tackle the problem of cleaning up the many sites worldwide contaminated by the commonly used explosive.

Environment 03 Sep 2015

Scientists turn to aspirin to turbo-charge cancer immunotherapy

LONDON - Giving cheap aspirin to cancer patients may turbo-charge the effectiveness of expensive new medicines that help their immune systems fight tumors, experiments on mice suggest.

Health, 03 Sep 2015

Robot mother builds and improves its own children

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have built a mother robot that independently builds its own children and then tests their performance to inform the design of the next generation. By analyzing the data it collects from observing the child, the mother robot ensures that preferential traits are passed down to the next iteration, while letting weaknesses fall by the wayside. | Video

03 Sep 2015

20 kilometer high space elevator tower planned

Ambitious plans to build a twenty kilometer (12.4 miles) tall space elevator tower have been announced by a Canadian space technology firm. | Video

03 Sep 2015

Odd ancient lizard-like reptile called earliest-known turtle

WASHINGTON - It was a creature that one scientist said resembled "a strange, gluttonous lizard that swallowed a small Frisbee."

Oddly Enough 02 Sep 2015

NASA vehicles maintenance contractors in federal fraud lawsuit

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two contractors hired to manage NASA's vehicle fleet at the Kennedy Space Center defrauded the agency of at least $387,000 for unnecessary tire replacements, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Florida.

U.S. 02 Sep 2015

United Launch Alliance rocket blasts off with military satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday to put a next-generation communications satellite into orbit for the U.S. military. | Video

02 Sep 2015

Roche hemophilia drug wins fast-track FDA designation

ZURICH - Roche said on Friday it had won breakthrough therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an experimental hemophilia medicine, aiming for a piece of the $11 billion hemophilia drug market.