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U.S. science probe nears unexplored dwarf planet Ceres


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A NASA science satellite on Friday will wrap up a 7-1/2-year journey to Ceres, an unexplored dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists said on Monday.

Study finds gorilla origins in half of human AIDS virus lineages

WASHINGTON - Revealing new details about the origins of AIDS, scientists said on Monday half the lineages of the main type of human immunodeficiency virus, HIV-1, originated in gorillas in Cameroon before infecting people, probably via bushmeat hunting.

Health 3:07pm EST

Astronauts breeze through spacewalk to rig station for U.S. space taxis

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - Two U.S. astronauts whipped through a third spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Sunday to rig parking spots for new U.S. space taxis. | Video

01 Mar 2015

Lockheed invests in Rocket Lab's U.S. unit to keep pace with innovation

WASHINGTON - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Monday it had made a strategic investment in the U.S. unit of New Zealand's Rocket Lab, which is building a carbon-composite rocket, the Electron, to launch small satellites into orbit for less than $5 million.

12:53pm EST

Companies' tests used in 'superbug' scope cleaning flawed: FDA

- Manufacturers' tests of procedures to clean medical scopes linked with "superbug" outbreaks contained flaws that render their cleaning instructions unreliable, according to a senior official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Health 1:24am EST

SpaceX rocket blasts off with world’s first all-electric satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - A Space Exploration Technologies rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday to put the world’s first all-electric communications satellites into orbit.

01 Mar 2015

NASA resolves issue with spacesuit helmet water leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Water that leaked into an astronaut’s helmet after a spacewalk on Wednesday poses no threat, clearing the way for another outing to rig the International Space Station for new space taxis, NASA said on Friday.

U.S. 27 Feb 2015

Scientists discover black hole so big it contradicts growth theory

SYDNEY - Scientists say they have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow.

25 Feb 2015

Monsanto says GM corn trial in final stage in India

NEW DELHI - Monsanto's Indian subsidiary expects to submit final trial results for its genetically modified (GM) corn to lawmakers within a year for the government to then decide on a commercial launch, the company's country head said on Friday.

27 Feb 2015

Playing physics: Student builds Lego Large Hadron Collider

LONDON - A particle physics student has used his downtime to build a Lego model of the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and is now lobbying the toy company to take it to market.

26 Feb 2015

Texas nurse Pham sues Dallas hospital over Ebola infection

DALLAS - The first person infected with Ebola in the United States, nurse Nina Pham, sued a Texas hospital on Monday, saying it did not do enough to prevent her from contracting the deadly virus and invaded her privacy after she was diagnosed with it.