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NASA says new heavy-lift rocket debut not likely until 2018

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CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, designed to fly astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually Mars, likely will not have its debut test flight until November 2018, nearly a year later than previous estimates, agency officials said on Wednesday. NASA is 70 percent confident of making a November 2018 launch date, given the technical, financial and management hurdles the Space Launch System faces on the road to development, NASA associate administrators Robert Li

Scientists solve mystery of moving Death Valley rocks

LOS ANGELES - A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged on Thursday, when researchers published a study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven ice.

28 Aug 2014

Texas family to part ways with skeleton of mammoth found on its farm

DALLAS - A North Texas family, who discovered the skeleton of a 20,000- to 40,000-year-old mammoth while mining through sediment on their farm, is preparing to turn over the remains to a local museum.

Environment 26 Aug 2014

Tricking memory in lab animals stokes hope for PTSD

NEW YORK - The frailty of remembrance might have an upside: When a memory is recalled, two research teams reported on Wednesday, it can be erased or rewired so that a painful recollection is physically linked in the brain to joy and a once-happy memory to pain.

27 Aug 2014

SpaceX delays launch after test rocket explosion

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - Space Exploration Technologies will delay the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket by up to two weeks following Friday’s explosion of a related prototype vehicle during a flight test, officials said on Tuesday.

26 Aug 2014

Boeing says completed key design review for space taxi

WASHINGTON - Boeing Co has completed a key review of its design for a new commercial venture to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, making it the only one of four rival bidders to finish the NASA work on time, company officials said on Thursday.

21 Aug 2014

U.S. says non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality

WASHINGTON - A new method for removing allergens from peanuts means help could soon be on the way for the roughly 2.8 million Americans with a potentially life-threatening allergy to the popular food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.

26 Aug 2014

Rare blue lobster trapped by Maine father-daughter team

MANCHESTER N.H. - A Maine teenager and her father have landed a one-in-two-million catch - a blue lobster.

25 Aug 2014

Satellite error sets back EU's ambitious satnav program

BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Monday it still had confidence in its plans to build a rival to the U.S. satellite navigation system despite a problem with the latest launch of satellites for the network.

25 Aug 2014

Scientists solve mystery of moving Death Valley rocks

LOS ANGELES - A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged on Thursday, when researchers published a study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven ice.

28 Aug 2014
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West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

GENEVA/LAGOS - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak. | Video