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SpaceX capsule splashes down in Pacific with space station cargo


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo capsule made a parachute splashdown into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, wrapping up a five-week stay at the International Space Station.

U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security launches

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday said it has certified privately held SpaceX to launch U.S. military and spy satellites, ending a monopoly held by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, since its creation in 2006.

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White House: ethics of human genome editing needs further review

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Tuesday the ethical issues associated with gene-editing on the human genome need further study by the scientific community and should not be pursued until issues are resolved.

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What's hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation

LONDON - The life sciences industry is increasingly taking over from the tech sector in driving global innovation, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of global patents.

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Bowwow wow! Dog domestication much older than previously known

WASHINGTON - Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind's long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought.

Oddly Enough 21 May 2015

Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food

WASHINGTON - Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.

22 May 2015

Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture needs commercial orders to survive

WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, on Thursday said it would go out of business unless it won commercial and civil satellite launch orders to offset an expected slump in U.S. military and spy launches.

21 May 2015

Mind-controlled prosthetic limbs allow precise, smooth movement

WASHINGTON - More than a decade after becoming paralyzed from the neck down, Erik Sorto has been unable to perform even the simplest of daily tasks.

21 May 2015

'Top 10' new species includes cartwheeling spider, 'chicken from hell'

NEW YORK - Some 18,000 species, great and small, were discovered in 2014, adding to the 2 million already known, scientists said on Thursday, as they released a "Top 10" list that highlights the diversity of life.

Oddly Enough 21 May 2015

Bluebird's gene therapy continues to show promise in early study

- Biotech firm Bluebird Bio Inc said its experimental gene therapy continued to exhibit a positive effect in an ongoing early-stage study of patients with rare types of blood disorders.

Health 21 May 2015

Younger cancer patients more open to alternative therapies

(Reuters Health) - Cancer patients under age 65 are much more likely than older people to explore alternative and complementary medicine for easing their symptoms and side effects of treatment, a new study suggests.