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Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found in chunk of amber

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WASHINGTON Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving scientists unique insight into feathered dinosaurs that prospered during the Cretaceous Period.

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In fossil rarity, tumor found in 255-million-year-old beast

WASHINGTON Scientists examining the jawbone of a saber-toothed, mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago have come across a remarkable fossil rarity: one of the oldest-known tumors.

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Inmarsat switches to Arianespace for satellite launch after SpaceX delays

LONDON British satellite company Inmarsat will switch to using Arianespace from rival SpaceX to launch a new satellite to provide broadband connectivity to air passengers, it said on Thursday.

Tech 8:14am EST
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John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95. | Video

U.S., People 9:06pm EST
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Musk's SpaceX says rockets to remain grounded until January

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – - Elon Musk's SpaceX has been forced to delay the return of its rockets to flight until January as an investigation continues into a launch pad explosion earlier this year, the tech billionaire' s company said on Wednesday.

Dec 07 2016
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Little African primate's talents inspire leaping robot

WASHINGTON Inspired by the remarkable jumping ability of an African primate called a galago, scientists have fashioned a small robot with unique leaping capabilities they hope can someday be used in tricky search-and-rescue situations.

Tech, Dec 06 2016
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European Mars mission funding approved even after test lander's crash

LUCERNE, Switzerland European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test lander that was part of the program crashed in October, ESA said on Friday.

Dec 02 2016

U.S. patent agency to weigh rival claims on gene-editing technology

(Corrects company name to Editas Medicine from Editas Pharmaceuticals in paragraph 15)

Health Dec 06 2016
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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin recovering well after Antarctic evacuation

SYDNEY Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos on Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness.

People, U.S. Dec 02 2016
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Russian cargo ship destroyed after launch for Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. An unmanned Russian cargo ship loaded with more than 2-1/2 tons of food and supplies for the International Space Station broke apart about six minutes after liftoff on Thursday, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement. | Video

World Dec 02 2016
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U.S. surgeon general e-cigarette report sparks controversy

WASHINGTON The U.S. surgeon general in a report released on Thursday called for action to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people, noting they have overtaken cigarettes to become the most commonly used tobacco products among this group.