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Science & Space8 hours ago

U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir step out of the International Space Station (ISS) to attempt the first all-female spacewalk, in this still image taken from NASA video, October 18, 2019. NASA TV/REUTERS

Two NASA astronauts made space history on Friday, completing the first spacewalk by an all-woman team when they stepped outside the International Space Station.

Science & Spacea day ago

An artist's rendering shows a star called a white dwarf with a planet (upper right) and material in orbit around the star. Courtesy of Mark Garlick/UCLA/Handout via REUTERS.

A new way of studying planets in other solar systems - by doing sort of an autopsy on planetary wreckage devoured by a type of star called a white dwarf - is showing that rocky worlds with geochemistry similar to Earth may be quite common in the cosmos.

Science & Space2 days ago

The "blob", slime mould (Physarum polycephalum), a single-celled organism forming over tree chunk, is pictured at the Paris Zoological Park during a press preview in Paris, France, October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Paris zoo showcased a mysterious new organism on Wednesday, dubbed the "blob", a yellowish unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus but acts like an animal.

Brexit2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Fusion Energy Research Centre at the Fulham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, Britain August 8, 2019. Julian Simmonds/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Uncertainty surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union has hit science funding to the tune of almost half a billion euros and is putting off international researchers from coming to Britain, a leading institution said on Wednesday.

Science & Space2 days ago

A woman walks by Olympus, a conceptual design for a large space station with 2,250 cubic meters of volume, at Bigelow Aerospace in North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. September 12, 2019. Picture taken September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

When astronauts orbit the moon or live on its surface in the decade ahead, they will probably be doing so inside inflatable space lodges now in development.

Science & Space2 days ago

Advanced Space Suit Engineer at NASA Kristine Davis wears the xEMU prototype space suit next to lead engineer Dustin Gohmert wearing the Orion crew survival spacesuit prototype for the next astronaut to the moon by 2024, during a presentation at NASA headquarters in Washington, U.S., October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

NASA on Tuesday showed off two new spacesuits tailored for future moonwalking astronauts, signaling development of a crucial component to the space agency's accelerated drive to return to the moon by 2024.

Science & Space2 days ago

Japan has decided to participate in a U.S. plan for putting astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and the government will officially inform the United States within this year, the Kyodo News agency reported on Thursday.

Science & Space2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A health worker shows a malaria rapid test kit after collecting blood sample from a resident during a drive to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Ahmedabad, India, October 26, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

Scientists who resurrected a 50,000-year-old gene sequence have analyzed it to figure out how the world's deadliest malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans - giving insight into the origins of one of human history's biggest killers.

Science & Space2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Diver Alex Reeson checks on the Arapaima or Pirarucu fishes in the tropical section of Europe's biggest freshwater aquarium Aquatis, due to open October 21, in Lausanne, Switzerland October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

One of the world's largest freshwater fish is protected by the natural equivalent of a "bullet-proof vest," helping it thrive in the dangerous waters of the Amazon River basin with flexible armor-like scales able to withstand ferocious piranha attacks.

Science & Space4 days ago

People attend a mourning ceremony and a funeral for Alexei Leonov, the first man to conduct a space walk in 1965, in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, Russia October 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Hundreds of Russians bade farewell to cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space, at a solemn funeral ceremony on Tuesday which culminated in a gun salute.

Science & Space2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Jessica Meir of the U.S. boards the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan September 25, 2019. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will make history on Friday when they conduct the first ever all-female spacewalk to replace the power source on the International Space Station (ISS).

World News4 days ago

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, stand together at a news conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., October 14, 2019.     REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work fighting poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory.

World News4 days ago

Nirmala Banerjee, mother of Abhijit Banerjee, one of the winners of 2019 Nobel Economics Prize, speaks on the phone at her house in Kolkata, India, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Indian politicians and academics cheered the Nobel economics prize awarded on Monday to Indian-born American Abhijit Banerjee, whose proud mother told visitors crowding into her apartment that he came from "a family of economists".

Science & Space4 days ago

A two-color composite image shows comet 2I/Borisov captured by the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, U.S. September 10, 2019. This image was taken with eight 60-second exposures, four in green and four in red bands, in this handout obtained October 14, 2019. Gemini Observatory/U.S. National Science Foundation/AURA/Handout via REUTERS

The second interstellar object ever spotted passing through the solar system is a comet that appears quite like those formed in our neighborhood of the cosmos, providing fresh evidence that other planetary systems may be very similar to our own.

Environment7 days ago

Genetically modified cotton plants with an edible cottonseed trait are seen growing near Belvidere, North Carolina, U.S., in this image released October 11, 2019.   Texas A&M University/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light for genetically modified cotton to be used for human consumption, paving the way for a protein-packed new food source - edible cottonseed that tastes a bit like chickpeas - that its developers said could help tackle global malnutrition.

Environment7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Pelicans silhouetted by a setting sun fly as they look for fish along the California coastline near Leucadia, California November 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

((This story corrects to remove temperature conversions in fifth paragraph))

Business News7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins/File Photo

Stratolaunch Systems Corp, the space company founded by late billionaire and Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> co-founder Paul Allen, said on Friday it was continuing operations after transitioning ownership, but did not name the new owner.

Science & Space8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (L), the first human to conduct a space walk, and his compatriot Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman cosmonaut, attend a ceremony in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Remezov/File Photo

Alexei Leonov, who became the first human to walk in space in 1965, died on Friday at the age of 85 after a long illness, Russia's TASS news agency reported.

Science & Space8 days ago

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (L) and SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon Musk shake hands after a tour of SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, U.S. October 10, 2019. REUTERS/ Gene Blevins

SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule will be ready for its first manned flight into orbit in the first quarter of next year provided "everything goes according to plan" in upcoming tests, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday.

Science & Space9 days ago

A new lunar rover which will explore the moon in 2021, is seen unveiled in London, Britain October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stuart McDill

A lunar rover which will explore the moon on foot in 2021 was unveiled in London on Thursday.

Science & Space8 hours ago

U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir step out of the International Space Station (ISS) to attempt the first all-female spacewalk, in this still image taken from NASA video, October 18, 2019. NASA TV/REUTERS

Two NASA astronauts made space history on Friday, completing the first spacewalk by an all-woman team when they stepped outside the International Space Station.

Science & Spacea day ago

An artist's rendering shows a star called a white dwarf with a planet (upper right) and material in orbit around the star. Courtesy of Mark Garlick/UCLA/Handout via REUTERS.

A new way of studying planets in other solar systems - by doing sort of an autopsy on planetary wreckage devoured by a type of star called a white dwarf - is showing that rocky worlds with geochemistry similar to Earth may be quite common in the cosmos.

Science & Space2 days ago

The "blob", slime mould (Physarum polycephalum), a single-celled organism forming over tree chunk, is pictured at the Paris Zoological Park during a press preview in Paris, France, October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Paris zoo showcased a mysterious new organism on Wednesday, dubbed the "blob", a yellowish unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus but acts like an animal.

Brexit2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Fusion Energy Research Centre at the Fulham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, Britain August 8, 2019. Julian Simmonds/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Uncertainty surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union has hit science funding to the tune of almost half a billion euros and is putting off international researchers from coming to Britain, a leading institution said on Wednesday.

Science & Space2 days ago

A woman walks by Olympus, a conceptual design for a large space station with 2,250 cubic meters of volume, at Bigelow Aerospace in North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. September 12, 2019. Picture taken September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

When astronauts orbit the moon or live on its surface in the decade ahead, they will probably be doing so inside inflatable space lodges now in development.

Science & Space2 days ago

Advanced Space Suit Engineer at NASA Kristine Davis wears the xEMU prototype space suit next to lead engineer Dustin Gohmert wearing the Orion crew survival spacesuit prototype for the next astronaut to the moon by 2024, during a presentation at NASA headquarters in Washington, U.S., October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

NASA on Tuesday showed off two new spacesuits tailored for future moonwalking astronauts, signaling development of a crucial component to the space agency's accelerated drive to return to the moon by 2024.

Science & Space2 days ago

Japan has decided to participate in a U.S. plan for putting astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and the government will officially inform the United States within this year, the Kyodo News agency reported on Thursday.

Science & Space2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A health worker shows a malaria rapid test kit after collecting blood sample from a resident during a drive to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in Ahmedabad, India, October 26, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File Photo

Scientists who resurrected a 50,000-year-old gene sequence have analyzed it to figure out how the world's deadliest malaria parasite jumped from gorillas to humans - giving insight into the origins of one of human history's biggest killers.

Science & Space2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Diver Alex Reeson checks on the Arapaima or Pirarucu fishes in the tropical section of Europe's biggest freshwater aquarium Aquatis, due to open October 21, in Lausanne, Switzerland October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

One of the world's largest freshwater fish is protected by the natural equivalent of a "bullet-proof vest," helping it thrive in the dangerous waters of the Amazon River basin with flexible armor-like scales able to withstand ferocious piranha attacks.

Science & Space4 days ago

People attend a mourning ceremony and a funeral for Alexei Leonov, the first man to conduct a space walk in 1965, in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, Russia October 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Hundreds of Russians bade farewell to cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space, at a solemn funeral ceremony on Tuesday which culminated in a gun salute.

Science & Space2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Jessica Meir of the U.S. boards the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan September 25, 2019. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will make history on Friday when they conduct the first ever all-female spacewalk to replace the power source on the International Space Station (ISS).

World News4 days ago

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, stand together at a news conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., October 14, 2019.     REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work fighting poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory.

World News4 days ago

Nirmala Banerjee, mother of Abhijit Banerjee, one of the winners of 2019 Nobel Economics Prize, speaks on the phone at her house in Kolkata, India, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Indian politicians and academics cheered the Nobel economics prize awarded on Monday to Indian-born American Abhijit Banerjee, whose proud mother told visitors crowding into her apartment that he came from "a family of economists".

Science & Space4 days ago

A two-color composite image shows comet 2I/Borisov captured by the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, U.S. September 10, 2019. This image was taken with eight 60-second exposures, four in green and four in red bands, in this handout obtained October 14, 2019. Gemini Observatory/U.S. National Science Foundation/AURA/Handout via REUTERS

The second interstellar object ever spotted passing through the solar system is a comet that appears quite like those formed in our neighborhood of the cosmos, providing fresh evidence that other planetary systems may be very similar to our own.

Environment7 days ago

Genetically modified cotton plants with an edible cottonseed trait are seen growing near Belvidere, North Carolina, U.S., in this image released October 11, 2019.   Texas A&M University/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light for genetically modified cotton to be used for human consumption, paving the way for a protein-packed new food source - edible cottonseed that tastes a bit like chickpeas - that its developers said could help tackle global malnutrition.

Environment7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Pelicans silhouetted by a setting sun fly as they look for fish along the California coastline near Leucadia, California November 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

((This story corrects to remove temperature conversions in fifth paragraph))

Business News7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins/File Photo

Stratolaunch Systems Corp, the space company founded by late billionaire and Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> co-founder Paul Allen, said on Friday it was continuing operations after transitioning ownership, but did not name the new owner.

Science & Space8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (L), the first human to conduct a space walk, and his compatriot Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman cosmonaut, attend a ceremony in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Remezov/File Photo

Alexei Leonov, who became the first human to walk in space in 1965, died on Friday at the age of 85 after a long illness, Russia's TASS news agency reported.

Science & Space8 days ago

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (L) and SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon Musk shake hands after a tour of SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, U.S. October 10, 2019. REUTERS/ Gene Blevins

SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule will be ready for its first manned flight into orbit in the first quarter of next year provided "everything goes according to plan" in upcoming tests, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday.

Science & Space9 days ago

A new lunar rover which will explore the moon in 2021, is seen unveiled in London, Britain October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stuart McDill

A lunar rover which will explore the moon on foot in 2021 was unveiled in London on Thursday.

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