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Multi-national crew blasts off for space station


A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy’s first female astronaut.

Deregulation at heart of Japan's new robotics revolution

TOKYO - Neurosurgeon Tetsuya Goto had just begun testing a robot to perform brain surgery when he discovered Japan was moving to tighten regulations that would shut down his seven-year project.

Health, Japan, 19 Nov 2014

'Star-gazing' shrimp discovered in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - A tiny shrimp equipped with large, candy-striped eyes to ward off predators has been discovered in South African waters, the University of Cape Town said on Friday.

21 Nov 2014

Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds

LONDON - - A banking culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific study.

21 Nov 2014

Want to live on the 'roof of the world'? Grow barley

WASHINGTON - The Tibetan Plateau, the harsh Asian domain known as the 'roof of the world,' would not seem an ideal place for people to call home thanks to its extreme altitude, frigid temperatures, relentless winds and low-oxygen conditions.

20 Nov 2014

HIV drugs show promise in treating common eye disease

WASHINGTON - A class of drugs used for three decades by people infected with the virus that causes AIDS may be effective in treating a leading cause of blindness among the elderly.

Health, 20 Nov 2014

Star formation theories challenged by new telescope discovery

SANTIAGO - Theories about how massive stars are born could be revised after astronomers in Chile found evidence that the dust and gas surrounding a young star could survive bombardment by the star's own radiation.

20 Nov 2014

U.S. Air Force 'pretty optimistic' about SpaceX certification

WASHINGTON - A top U.S. Air Force official on Wednesday said she is "pretty optimistic" that privately held Space Exploration Technologies will eventually be certified to launch U.S. military satellites into orbit but declined comment on the timing of such an action.

19 Nov 2014

Fly us to the moon, UK space mission asks public

LONDON - A British space venture is giving ordinary citizens the chance to leave their mark on the moon in a decade's time while helping scientists scout a possible location for a permanent base there.

Tech, Media 19 Nov 2014

Comet team detects organic molecules, basis of life on Earth

BERLIN - European comet lander Philae 'sniffed' organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on Earth before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, German scientists said.

18 Nov 2014

Mali records new Ebola case, linked to dead nurse

BAMAKO - Mali has recorded a new case of Ebola in the capital Bamako after the friend of a nurse who died of the hemorrhagic fever earlier this month tested positive for the disease, health and medical officials said on Saturday.