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Science & Space6 hours ago

A view of lab-made human skin, made from skin cells and collagen, at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore November 11, 2019. REUTERS/Yiming Woo

A piece of skin about the size of your thumbnail can be printed in less than a minute, scientists in Singapore say, a game-changing step for the future of non-animal testing for cosmetics and other products.

Environment3 hours ago

A fossil of a lower jaw of the large extinct ape Gigantopithecus blacki, found in Chuifeng cave in ChinaÕs Guangxi region, is seen in this photo released on November 13, 2019. Wei Wang/Handout via REUTERS.

Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans.

Science & Space4 days ago

Technicians work on NASA's first all-electric plane, the X-57 Maxwell,  at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, U.S., November 8, 2019.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.

Science & Space7 days ago

Twenty-one fossilized bones of the most complete partial skeleton of a male of the extinct ape species Danuvius guggenmosi, which lived about 12 million years ago in southern Germany, is seen in this photo illustration released in Tubingen, Germany on November 6, 2019.   Christoph Jaeckle via REUTERS.

Fossils unearthed in southern Germany of a remarkable ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago may dramatically alter the understanding of the evolutionary origins of a fundamental human trait - walking upright on two legs.

Science & Space8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: NASA's Voyager spacecraft in space is shown in this artist's rendering obtained from NASA in Washington, DC, U.S., December 10, 2018.  Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

(The Nov 4 story corrects speed of cosmic rays in paragraph 10.)

Environment8 days ago

A satellite mission to measure global methane emissions from oil and gas facilities will be based in New Zealand, the government said on Wednesday, in a collaboration with a U.S. environmental group.

Science & Space9 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is displayed on a screen, at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Boeing Co said on Monday that one of three parachutes failed to deploy during an otherwise successful safety test of its unmanned CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, being developed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Science & Space11 days ago

China launched a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite capable of providing stereoscopic imagery on Sunday, state-run media said, marking another important step as Beijing seeks to reduce reliance on foreign technology in topographic mapping.

Environment12 days ago

Scientists check plants inside of an aeroponic growing chamber system as an experiment called Marsonaut at Prague University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, October 30, 2019.    REUTERS/David W Cerny

Czech scientists have opened a lab to experiment growing food for environments with extreme conditions and lack of water, such as Mars.

Science & Space16 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Vanessa Hayes speaks with Headman ǀkun ǀkunta, from an extended Ju/'hoansi family, who provided genome data for a study identifying the ancestral homeland in southern Africa of all living members of our species, in Namibia, February 6, 2019.  Chris Bennett/Evolving Picture/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

A large ancient wetlands region spanning northern Botswana - once teeming with life but now dominated by desert and salt flats - may represent the ancestral homeland of all of the 7.7 billion people on Earth today, researchers said on Monday.

ESG12 days ago

A worker prepares mycelium leather to be used for wristwatches at a workshop of Pala Nusantara, a watchmaking company, in Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Irene Barlian

A watchmaker in Indonesia's Bandung city thinks the next step in sustainability is a wristwatch with a strap made out of the complex root structure of a mushroom.

Science & Space17 days ago

The Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Mission 5 is seen after landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility, Florida, U.S., October 27, 2019. U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

The Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said, capping the latest test mission for an array of military technologies.

Science & Space19 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A passenger plane is seen with the full moon behind as it begins its final landing approach to Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

NASA will send a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface, an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 2024 to possibly use it for astronauts to drink and to make rocket fuel, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

Science & Space20 days ago

Fossilized mammal skull fossils and lower jaw retrieved from the Corral Bluffs site in Colorado dating from the aftermath of the mass extinction of species 66 million years ago is seen in a picture released October 24, 2019. HHMI Tangled Bank Studios/Handout via REUTERS.

A revelatory cache of fossils dug up in central Colorado details as never before the rise of mammals from the post-apocalyptic landscape after an asteroid smacked Earth 66 million years ago and annihilated three-quarters of all species including the dinosaurs.

Business News21 days ago

A handout picture from October 2019 shows Sundar Pichai and Daniel Sank (R) with one of Google's Quantum Computers in the Santa Barbara lab, California, U.S. Picture taken in October 2019.      Google/Handout via REUTERS

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it had achieved a breakthrough in computing research by using a quantum computer to solve in minutes a complex problem that would take today's most powerful supercomputer thousands of years to crack.

Business News21 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A handout picture from October 2019 shows a component of Google's Quantum Computer in the Santa Barbara lab, California, U.S. Picture taken in October 2019. Google/Handout via REUTERS

Researchers at Google say they have achieved 'quantum supremacy', in which a computer harnessing the properties of sub-atomic particles did a far better job of solving a problem than the world's most powerful supercomputer.

Science & Space21 days ago

(This October 22 story has been refiled to correct headline to say software rather than robotics, first paragraph to clarify that the Olis software would run on a Maxar robotic arm, paragraphs 2 and 3 to state that the robotic arm belongs to Maxar, and paragraph 4 to remove reference to Olis building the robotic arm)

ESG21 days ago

A Holstein cow looks out as it travels along an automated milking machine at Airoso Circle A Dairy farm in Pixley, California, U.S., October 2, 2019. Picture taken October 2, 2019.       REUTERS/Mike Blake

Joey Airoso has always been proud of his cows, whose milk goes into the butter sold by national dairy company Land O'Lakes. Now he has something new to brag about: the vast amounts of gas produced by his 2,900-head herd is powering truck fleets, homes and factories across the state of California.

Science & Space21 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with the Arabsat 6A communications satellite aboard is prepared for launch later in the day at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., April 10, 2019.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

The Air Force is using SpaceX's fledgling satellite network to test encrypted internet services for a number of military planes, the space company's president said on Tuesday, detailing results for the first customer of Elon Musk's planned constellation of thousands of broadband-beaming satellites.

Science & Space22 days ago

A primate called an aye-aye, which possess small “pseudothumbs” complete with their own fingerprints, is seen in this image released on October 22, 2019. David Haring/Duke Lemur Center/Handout via REUTERS

For a strange little lemur native to Madagascar that boasts one of the most unusual hands in the animal kingdom, a "high five" is more like a "trick six."

Science & Space6 hours ago

A view of lab-made human skin, made from skin cells and collagen, at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore November 11, 2019. REUTERS/Yiming Woo

A piece of skin about the size of your thumbnail can be printed in less than a minute, scientists in Singapore say, a game-changing step for the future of non-animal testing for cosmetics and other products.

Environment3 hours ago

A fossil of a lower jaw of the large extinct ape Gigantopithecus blacki, found in Chuifeng cave in ChinaÕs Guangxi region, is seen in this photo released on November 13, 2019. Wei Wang/Handout via REUTERS.

Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans.

Science & Space4 days ago

Technicians work on NASA's first all-electric plane, the X-57 Maxwell,  at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, U.S., November 8, 2019.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.

Science & Space7 days ago

Twenty-one fossilized bones of the most complete partial skeleton of a male of the extinct ape species Danuvius guggenmosi, which lived about 12 million years ago in southern Germany, is seen in this photo illustration released in Tubingen, Germany on November 6, 2019.   Christoph Jaeckle via REUTERS.

Fossils unearthed in southern Germany of a remarkable ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago may dramatically alter the understanding of the evolutionary origins of a fundamental human trait - walking upright on two legs.

Science & Space8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: NASA's Voyager spacecraft in space is shown in this artist's rendering obtained from NASA in Washington, DC, U.S., December 10, 2018.  Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

(The Nov 4 story corrects speed of cosmic rays in paragraph 10.)

Environment8 days ago

A satellite mission to measure global methane emissions from oil and gas facilities will be based in New Zealand, the government said on Wednesday, in a collaboration with a U.S. environmental group.

Science & Space9 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is displayed on a screen, at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Boeing Co said on Monday that one of three parachutes failed to deploy during an otherwise successful safety test of its unmanned CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, being developed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Science & Space11 days ago

China launched a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite capable of providing stereoscopic imagery on Sunday, state-run media said, marking another important step as Beijing seeks to reduce reliance on foreign technology in topographic mapping.

Environment12 days ago

Scientists check plants inside of an aeroponic growing chamber system as an experiment called Marsonaut at Prague University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic, October 30, 2019.    REUTERS/David W Cerny

Czech scientists have opened a lab to experiment growing food for environments with extreme conditions and lack of water, such as Mars.

Science & Space16 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Vanessa Hayes speaks with Headman ǀkun ǀkunta, from an extended Ju/'hoansi family, who provided genome data for a study identifying the ancestral homeland in southern Africa of all living members of our species, in Namibia, February 6, 2019.  Chris Bennett/Evolving Picture/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

A large ancient wetlands region spanning northern Botswana - once teeming with life but now dominated by desert and salt flats - may represent the ancestral homeland of all of the 7.7 billion people on Earth today, researchers said on Monday.

ESG12 days ago

A worker prepares mycelium leather to be used for wristwatches at a workshop of Pala Nusantara, a watchmaking company, in Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Irene Barlian

A watchmaker in Indonesia's Bandung city thinks the next step in sustainability is a wristwatch with a strap made out of the complex root structure of a mushroom.

Science & Space17 days ago

The Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Mission 5 is seen after landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility, Florida, U.S., October 27, 2019. U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

The Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said, capping the latest test mission for an array of military technologies.

Science & Space19 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A passenger plane is seen with the full moon behind as it begins its final landing approach to Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

NASA will send a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface, an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 2024 to possibly use it for astronauts to drink and to make rocket fuel, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

Science & Space20 days ago

Fossilized mammal skull fossils and lower jaw retrieved from the Corral Bluffs site in Colorado dating from the aftermath of the mass extinction of species 66 million years ago is seen in a picture released October 24, 2019. HHMI Tangled Bank Studios/Handout via REUTERS.

A revelatory cache of fossils dug up in central Colorado details as never before the rise of mammals from the post-apocalyptic landscape after an asteroid smacked Earth 66 million years ago and annihilated three-quarters of all species including the dinosaurs.

Business News21 days ago

A handout picture from October 2019 shows Sundar Pichai and Daniel Sank (R) with one of Google's Quantum Computers in the Santa Barbara lab, California, U.S. Picture taken in October 2019.      Google/Handout via REUTERS

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it had achieved a breakthrough in computing research by using a quantum computer to solve in minutes a complex problem that would take today's most powerful supercomputer thousands of years to crack.

Business News21 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A handout picture from October 2019 shows a component of Google's Quantum Computer in the Santa Barbara lab, California, U.S. Picture taken in October 2019. Google/Handout via REUTERS

Researchers at Google say they have achieved 'quantum supremacy', in which a computer harnessing the properties of sub-atomic particles did a far better job of solving a problem than the world's most powerful supercomputer.

Science & Space21 days ago

(This October 22 story has been refiled to correct headline to say software rather than robotics, first paragraph to clarify that the Olis software would run on a Maxar robotic arm, paragraphs 2 and 3 to state that the robotic arm belongs to Maxar, and paragraph 4 to remove reference to Olis building the robotic arm)

ESG21 days ago

A Holstein cow looks out as it travels along an automated milking machine at Airoso Circle A Dairy farm in Pixley, California, U.S., October 2, 2019. Picture taken October 2, 2019.       REUTERS/Mike Blake

Joey Airoso has always been proud of his cows, whose milk goes into the butter sold by national dairy company Land O'Lakes. Now he has something new to brag about: the vast amounts of gas produced by his 2,900-head herd is powering truck fleets, homes and factories across the state of California.

Science & Space21 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with the Arabsat 6A communications satellite aboard is prepared for launch later in the day at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., April 10, 2019.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

The Air Force is using SpaceX's fledgling satellite network to test encrypted internet services for a number of military planes, the space company's president said on Tuesday, detailing results for the first customer of Elon Musk's planned constellation of thousands of broadband-beaming satellites.

Science & Space22 days ago

A primate called an aye-aye, which possess small “pseudothumbs” complete with their own fingerprints, is seen in this image released on October 22, 2019. David Haring/Duke Lemur Center/Handout via REUTERS

For a strange little lemur native to Madagascar that boasts one of the most unusual hands in the animal kingdom, a "high five" is more like a "trick six."

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