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NASA Astronaut Nick Hague kneels down in the Cupola during Robotic Arms training, in preparation for his upcoming mission to space this fall aboard the International Space Center, at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, U.S., May 14, 2018. Picture taken on May 14, 2018.  REUTERS/Ruthy Munoz

As a boy growing up in Kansas, Nick Hague looked up at the stars and wanted to explore the unknown. In October, his dream will come true when he blasts off on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station.

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U.S. President Donald Trump displays his signature after signing a national space policy directive during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force.

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A bottle of TX Whiskey is photographed in the TX Tavern at the Firestone & Robertson (F&R) Whiskey Ranch in Forth Worth, Texas, U.S., May 24, 2018. Picture taken May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys.

Science Newsin 8 days

A magnet is pictured after a ceremony to launch the civil engineering works for the High Luminosity LHC Project (HL-LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Europe's physics research center CERN launched an upgrade of its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Friday, six years after the huge particle accelerator solved an enduring riddle by confirming the existence of the elusive Higgs boson.

Science Newsin 10 days

FILE PHOTO: NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters July 29, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State University/Handout

An immense dust storm that may soon encircle Mars is threatening one of NASA's rovers on the planet's surface, with the vehicle becoming dormant and unresponsive at a site called Perseverance Valley, U.S. space agency officials said on Wednesday.

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NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover snaps a self-portrait at a site called Vera Rubin Ridge on the Martian surface in February 2018 in this image obtained on June 7, 2018.   Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Handout via REUTERS

A NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth's neighbor may have harbored life.

Science Newsin 16 days

Two newly discovered early amphibians Tutusius and Umzantsia that lived about 360 million years ago during the Devonian Period whose partial remains were unearthed at the Waterloo Farm site in South Africa are shown in this artist’s illustration, released June 7, 2018. Courtesy Maggie Newman/Handout via REUTERS

Fossils of two amphibians that lived within the Antarctic circle 360 million years ago are forcing scientists to rethink the origins of land vertebrates, including where these pioneers first appeared and the climatic conditions that spawned them.

Environmentin 17 days

Greenpeace activists Grant Oakes and Marcelo Legname pull a manta trawl out of the sea to collect water samples in Neko Harbour, Antarctica, February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Plastic waste and toxic chemicals found in remote parts of the Antarctic this year add to evidence that pollution is spreading to the ends of the Earth, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday.

Science Newsin 19 days

A dinosaur fossil is on display at the Eiffel tower, in Paris, France, June 2, 2018 ahead of its auction on Monday. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The 9-metre long (30 ft) skeleton of a unidentified type of dinosaur, believed to be that of a new species, fetched more than $2.3 million at an auction staged on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday.

Science Newsin 18 days

A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to Reuters on May 15, 2012.  REUTERS/National Human Genome Research Institute/Handout

Scientists seeking new ways to fight drug-resistant superbugs have mapped the genomes of more than 3,000 bacteria, including samples of a bug taken from Alexander Fleming's nose and a dysentery-causing strain from a World War One soldier.

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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - France vs Peru - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 21, 2018   France's N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi and Adil Rami during the warm up before the match    REUTERS/Darren Staples

While their attack has yet to sparkle, France have shown the grit and steel that could still take them to the deep end of the World Cup as they beat Peru 1-0 to reach the last 16 on Thursday.

Science Newsin 17 days

The European Commission said on Wednesday it planned to increase its budget for space programs to 16 billion euros ($18.85 billion) between 2021 and 2027, aiming to consolidate the bloc's role as a "space power".

Science Newsin 19 days

France does not think Britain will launch a rival to the European Union's Galileo satellite navigation system, according to minutes from a meeting between a cabinet minister and lawmakers.

Science Newsin 23 days

The planet Pluto is pictured in a handout image made up of four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) taken in July 2015 combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view.  NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have detected another exotic feature on one of the solar system's most wondrous worlds, a large field of dunes on the surface of the distant, frigid dwarf planet Pluto apparently composed of wind-swept, sand-sized grains of frozen methane.

Science Newsin 23 days

FILE PHOTO: A doctor holds a human brain in a brain bank in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S. June 28, 2017.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Scientists have pinpointed three genes that may have played a pivotal role in an important milestone in human evolution: the striking increase in brain size that facilitated cognitive advances that helped define what it means to be human.

Science Newsin 24 days

Sculls found inside a Roman-era sarcophagus are seen at an archaeological site in the remains of the ancient city of Viminacium, now Kostolac, Serbia, May 29, 2018.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Serbian archaeologists at the site of the ancient Roman city of Viminacium have found an intact sarcophagus with two skeletons bedecked with gold and silver adornments.

Science Newsin 24 days

China has issued new guidelines to enforce academic integrity in science that include plans to "record and assess" the conduct of scientists and institutions and punish anyone guilty of misconduct, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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The newly identified Cretaceous Period species Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch, which is estimated to have weighed 2.5 pounds and probably grew to be about the size of a small hare, is seen in this artist rendering released by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, U.S., May 23, 2018. Cifelliodon lived about 130 million years ago.  Courtesy Jorge A. Gonzalez/Keck School of Medicine of USC/Handout via REUTERS

A fossilized skull of a small critter found in Utah underneath a dinosaur foot bone is providing insight into one of the most primitive mammalian groups and has scientists rethinking the timing of the break-up of Earth's bygone supercontinent Pangaea.

Science Newsin a month

FILE PHOTO: A boat sails in front of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness in Scotland, Britain April 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland's fabled monster really does, or did, exist.

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FILE PHOTO: A color-enhanced image of Jupiter which was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of its 12th close flyby of the gas giant planet on April 1, 2018. Image captured on April 1, 2018. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstad/Sean Doran/Handout via REUTERS

An "alien asteroid" that circles the sun in the giant gas planet Jupiter's orbital path, but hurtling in the opposite direction, is the first-known permanent resident of our solar system that astronomers have concluded originated in another star system.

Science Newsin 4 days

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague kneels down in the Cupola during Robotic Arms training, in preparation for his upcoming mission to space this fall aboard the International Space Center, at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, U.S., May 14, 2018. Picture taken on May 14, 2018.  REUTERS/Ruthy Munoz

As a boy growing up in Kansas, Nick Hague looked up at the stars and wanted to explore the unknown. In October, his dream will come true when he blasts off on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station.

Science Newsin 5 days

U.S. President Donald Trump displays his signature after signing a national space policy directive during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force.

Science Newsin 6 days

A bottle of TX Whiskey is photographed in the TX Tavern at the Firestone & Robertson (F&R) Whiskey Ranch in Forth Worth, Texas, U.S., May 24, 2018. Picture taken May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys.

Science Newsin 8 days

A magnet is pictured after a ceremony to launch the civil engineering works for the High Luminosity LHC Project (HL-LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Europe's physics research center CERN launched an upgrade of its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Friday, six years after the huge particle accelerator solved an enduring riddle by confirming the existence of the elusive Higgs boson.

Science Newsin 10 days

FILE PHOTO: NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters July 29, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State University/Handout

An immense dust storm that may soon encircle Mars is threatening one of NASA's rovers on the planet's surface, with the vehicle becoming dormant and unresponsive at a site called Perseverance Valley, U.S. space agency officials said on Wednesday.

Science Newsin 15 days

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover snaps a self-portrait at a site called Vera Rubin Ridge on the Martian surface in February 2018 in this image obtained on June 7, 2018.   Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Handout via REUTERS

A NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth's neighbor may have harbored life.

Science Newsin 16 days

Two newly discovered early amphibians Tutusius and Umzantsia that lived about 360 million years ago during the Devonian Period whose partial remains were unearthed at the Waterloo Farm site in South Africa are shown in this artist’s illustration, released June 7, 2018. Courtesy Maggie Newman/Handout via REUTERS

Fossils of two amphibians that lived within the Antarctic circle 360 million years ago are forcing scientists to rethink the origins of land vertebrates, including where these pioneers first appeared and the climatic conditions that spawned them.

Environmentin 17 days

Greenpeace activists Grant Oakes and Marcelo Legname pull a manta trawl out of the sea to collect water samples in Neko Harbour, Antarctica, February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Plastic waste and toxic chemicals found in remote parts of the Antarctic this year add to evidence that pollution is spreading to the ends of the Earth, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday.

Science Newsin 19 days

A dinosaur fossil is on display at the Eiffel tower, in Paris, France, June 2, 2018 ahead of its auction on Monday. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The 9-metre long (30 ft) skeleton of a unidentified type of dinosaur, believed to be that of a new species, fetched more than $2.3 million at an auction staged on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday.

Science Newsin 18 days

A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to Reuters on May 15, 2012.  REUTERS/National Human Genome Research Institute/Handout

Scientists seeking new ways to fight drug-resistant superbugs have mapped the genomes of more than 3,000 bacteria, including samples of a bug taken from Alexander Fleming's nose and a dysentery-causing strain from a World War One soldier.

Science Newsin 2 days

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - France vs Peru - Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia - June 21, 2018   France's N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi and Adil Rami during the warm up before the match    REUTERS/Darren Staples

While their attack has yet to sparkle, France have shown the grit and steel that could still take them to the deep end of the World Cup as they beat Peru 1-0 to reach the last 16 on Thursday.

Science Newsin 17 days

The European Commission said on Wednesday it planned to increase its budget for space programs to 16 billion euros ($18.85 billion) between 2021 and 2027, aiming to consolidate the bloc's role as a "space power".

Science Newsin 19 days

France does not think Britain will launch a rival to the European Union's Galileo satellite navigation system, according to minutes from a meeting between a cabinet minister and lawmakers.

Science Newsin 23 days

The planet Pluto is pictured in a handout image made up of four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) taken in July 2015 combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view.  NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have detected another exotic feature on one of the solar system's most wondrous worlds, a large field of dunes on the surface of the distant, frigid dwarf planet Pluto apparently composed of wind-swept, sand-sized grains of frozen methane.

Science Newsin 23 days

FILE PHOTO: A doctor holds a human brain in a brain bank in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S. June 28, 2017.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Scientists have pinpointed three genes that may have played a pivotal role in an important milestone in human evolution: the striking increase in brain size that facilitated cognitive advances that helped define what it means to be human.

Science Newsin 24 days

Sculls found inside a Roman-era sarcophagus are seen at an archaeological site in the remains of the ancient city of Viminacium, now Kostolac, Serbia, May 29, 2018.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Serbian archaeologists at the site of the ancient Roman city of Viminacium have found an intact sarcophagus with two skeletons bedecked with gold and silver adornments.

Science Newsin 24 days

China has issued new guidelines to enforce academic integrity in science that include plans to "record and assess" the conduct of scientists and institutions and punish anyone guilty of misconduct, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Science Newsin a month

The newly identified Cretaceous Period species Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch, which is estimated to have weighed 2.5 pounds and probably grew to be about the size of a small hare, is seen in this artist rendering released by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, U.S., May 23, 2018. Cifelliodon lived about 130 million years ago.  Courtesy Jorge A. Gonzalez/Keck School of Medicine of USC/Handout via REUTERS

A fossilized skull of a small critter found in Utah underneath a dinosaur foot bone is providing insight into one of the most primitive mammalian groups and has scientists rethinking the timing of the break-up of Earth's bygone supercontinent Pangaea.

Science Newsin a month

FILE PHOTO: A boat sails in front of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness in Scotland, Britain April 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland's fabled monster really does, or did, exist.

Science Newsin a month

FILE PHOTO: A color-enhanced image of Jupiter which was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft on the outbound leg of its 12th close flyby of the gas giant planet on April 1, 2018. Image captured on April 1, 2018. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstad/Sean Doran/Handout via REUTERS

An "alien asteroid" that circles the sun in the giant gas planet Jupiter's orbital path, but hurtling in the opposite direction, is the first-known permanent resident of our solar system that astronomers have concluded originated in another star system.

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