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Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts


KYOTO, Japan The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel - wood.


Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind's remote past

WASHINGTON The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.

Environment, Aug 10 2017

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch

TOKYO Japan on Saturday postponed the planned launch of an H-2A rocket tasked to put a geo-positioning satellite into orbit due to possible helium gas leakage, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said.

Japan Aug 12 2017

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday.

Aug 10 2017

Chinese quantum satellite sends 'unbreakable' code

BEIJING China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday.

Tech, China Aug 10 2017

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a prehistoric gliding mammal

WASHINGTON In dense Chinese forests populated by dinosaurs 160 million years ago, two furry critters resembling flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, showing that even in such a perilous neighborhood early mammals had succeeded in going airborne.

Aug 09 2017

Engraved prehistoric human bones show ritualistic cannibalism

LONDON Engravings on a human bone from a prehistoric archaeological site in a cave in southern England shows that human cannibals ate their prey and then performed ritualistic burials with the remains, scientists said on Wednesday.

Aug 09 2017

Crocodile rock: ancient beast named after Motörhead band's Lemmy

WASHINGTON A ferocious sea-going crocodile that menaced coastal waters about 164 million years ago during the Jurassic Period has been given a name honoring the similarly ferocious heavy-metal rocker Lemmy, the late front man for the British band Motörhead.

Music, Aug 09 2017

Born this way? Researchers explore the science of gender identity

NEW YORK While President Donald Trump has thrust transgender people back into the conflict between conservative and liberal values in the United States, geneticists are quietly working on a major research effort to unlock the secrets of gender identity. | Video

Aug 03 2017

Rocket Lab says fixes test flight glitch which terminated first launch

WELLINGTON Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, said a contractor's error was to blame for its maiden flight failing to reach orbit in May, but that the problem had been fixed ahead of another planned launch in the next two months.

Aug 07 2017

Risk of disease as hundreds line up to identify Sierra Leone mudslide victims

FREETOWN, Aug 16 Hundreds of Freetown residents queued on Wednesday to identify relatives killed in a mudslide on the edge of the Sierra Leone capital, as aid workers warned of an impending health crisis caused by nearly 400 corpses.