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SpaceX blast investigation suggests breach in oxygen tank's helium system

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DALLAS A SpaceX rocket that burst into flames on its launch pad at the beginning of this month likely suffered a large breach in its upper-stage helium system, the company said on Friday.

Scientists find new fat clues in faeces

LONDON Scientists in Britain have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo - the human fecal microbiome - and levels of harmful types of body fat.

Health 7:32am EDT
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Work on sex life of rats, life as a badger honored at Ig Nobel Prizes

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Scientific research into how polyester pants affect the sex life of rats, what it's like for a human to live like a badger and how different the world looks when viewed through your legs was honored at this year's Ig Nobel spoof awards.

Oddly Enough Sep 23 2016
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Moonlight sonata: fish's nocturnal 'singing' secrets revealed

WASHINGTON In one of the marvels of nature, males of a fish species called the plainfin midshipman that dwells in Pacific coastal waters from Alaska to Baja California court females during breeding season using a nocturnal "love song" with an otherworldly sound.

Sep 22 2016
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Hard-headed: prehistoric Texas reptile boasted bony domed skull

WASHINGTON In a warm, lush region of West Texas crisscrossed with rivers, a bizarre reptile roamed the Triassic Period landscape about 228 million years ago, boasting a bony domed head unlike almost any creature that ever appeared on Earth.

Sep 22 2016
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Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to end epic trek with comet crash landing

FRANKFURT/BERLIN After 12 years chasing a comet across more 6 billion km of space, European scientists will end the historic Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on the surface of the dusty, icy body at the end of the month.

Germany Sep 22 2016
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SpaceX says accident probe will not slow space taxi effort

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. SpaceX on Thursday said efforts to develop and certify a space taxi for NASA are not being slowed by an investigation into a launch pad fire that destroyed its rocket and a $200 million Israeli communications satellite.

Tech Sep 15 2016
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China launches second experimental space lab module

BEIJING China launched its second experimental space laboratory on Thursday, part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022. | Video

China Sep 16 2016
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Scientists decipher color of 'super cute' bristly dinosaur

WASHINGTON Scientists guided by small structures preserved in fossilized skin have deciphered the color and camouflage pattern of a little dinosaur with a parrot-like beak and bristles on its tail that roamed thick forests in China about 120 million years ago.

Sep 15 2016

Possible air pollution link to Alzheimer's

A possible causal link between air pollution and Alzheimer's disease has been suggested by scientists after they conducted detailed studies of brain tissue, in a joint British-Mexican project. | Video

Environment Sep 14 2016

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What health experts do to stay healthy

We asked doctors and scientists in the fields of sleep, skin cancer, heart health and more for their best advice for living longer, healthier and happier.

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Sanofi may win U.S. approval of $3 billion eczema drug by March

French drugmaker Sanofi  and its U.S. partner Regeneron Pharmaceuticals could win U.S. approval for their keenly awaited new eczema drug dupilumab, seen by analysts as a potential $3 billion-a-year seller, by next March.