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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.

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.

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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, 4:07pm EST

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.

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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

Boeing aims to make missile defense more like space programs

EL SEGUNDO Calif. - Boeing Co is working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to address quality and reliability issues with the sharply criticized $41 billion homeland missile defense system by adopting controls from space programs, a company official said.

U.S. 18 Nov 2014

Virus implicated in massive die-off of North American starfish

WASHINGTON - Scientists investigating a huge die-off of starfish along North America's Pacific coast have identified a virus they say is responsible for a calamitous wasting disease that has wiped out millions of the creatures since it first appeared last year. | Video

Environment, 18 Nov 2014

Airbus wins contract for US space capsule Orion

BERLIN - Airbus Group will develop and build a service module for the future American human space capsule, Orion, marking the first time a European firm will provide system-critical elements for a U.S. space project, it said on Monday.

17 Nov 2014

New York patient tests negative for Ebola, Missouri patient awaits results

NEW YORK - A traveler who returned from Mali tested negative for Ebola at a New York City hospital on Thursday, and a patient who recently came back from West Africa awaited test results at a Missouri hospital, health officials said.