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Post-apocalyptic 'beaver' thrived after dinosaurs died


WASHINGTON - The world had been wrecked. An asteroid impact in Mexico compounded by colossal volcanism in India 66 million years ago had killed about three-quarters of Earth's species including the dinosaurs.

Nobel medicine prize awarded for work on parasitic diseases

STOCKHOLM - William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Youyou Tu jointly won the 2015 Nobel Prize for medicine for their work against parasitic diseases, the award-giving body said on Monday.

World 5:56am EDT

Welsh stem cell firm wins fast-track filing path in Europe

LONDON - A biotech company founded by a Nobel prize winner has won the go-ahead from European regulators to begin the application process for conditional marketing authorization of a stem cell-based regenerative heart treatment.

Health 4:15am EDT

Big gulp: feeding strategy of blue whales revealed

WASHINGTON - The blue whale is the largest creature on Earth and perhaps the biggest that ever lived, so it is no surprise it has a huge appetite. But the strategies this behemoth uses to get enough food has not been well understood - until now.

02 Oct 2015

Six experts vie for top U.N. climate science job

OSLO - Six candidates are vying to become head of the U.N.'s top authority on climate change science this week, seeking to narrow down uncertainties about future warming to guide a trillion-dollar shift to greener energies.

World, Environment 04 Oct 2015

ULA needs relief on Russian engines before GPS launch bid: CEO

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, on Friday said it would not bid in a U.S. Air Force competition to launch a GPS satellite unless it received some relief from a ban on use of Russian rocket engines.

02 Oct 2015

Atlas rocket blasts off with Mexican communications satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from a seaside launch pad in Florida on Friday to put a communications satellite into orbit for Mexico. | Video

Mexico 02 Oct 2015

General Electric producing science fiction podcast series

- In a sign that what is old is new again, U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co is producing its own science fiction podcast series in an effort to raise its profile among a younger, tech-savvy audience.

Tech, Entertainment 02 Oct 2015

Student-built solar motorbikes hit the road in Kenya

URUDI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Motorcycle taxi operators waiting for passengers in this village in western Kenya's Kisumu County lounge on their various machines – but Alfred Omondi's plug-in electric scooter stands out from the crowd.

Moon Express contracts Rocket Lab for launches to land spacecraft on the moon

WELLINGTON - Silicon Valley's Moon Express Inc said it has signed up Lockheed Martin-backed Rocket Lab to launch its robotic spacecraft as it seeks to become the first private venture to reach the moon.

02 Oct 2015

Brazil halts use of Silimed silicone breast implants, follows Europe

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's health regulator Anvisa said on Friday it had suspended the production, sale and use of products made by Brazilian breast-implant maker Silimed after an inspection found the company failed production standards.