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NASA's Juno spacecraft captures Jupiter's southern hemisphere, as the spacecraft performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter on May 23, 2018.  Picture taken May 23, 2018.    NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill/Handout via REUTERS

Astronomers on Tuesday announced the discovery of 10 more moons of Jupiter, bringing to 79 the number known to be circling the giant gas planet, including one "wrong-way driver" that appears destined to crash into other moons sharing its orbital highway.

Science Newsa day ago

Amaia Arranz-Otaegui, a University of Copenhagen postdoctoral researcher in archaeobotany, and Ali Shakaiteer, a local assistant to researchers working at an archeological site in the Black Desert in northeastern Jordan, are seen collecting wheat in this image provided July 16, 2018.   Joe Roe/Handout via REUTERS

Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture.

Environment2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Hurricane Harvey is pictured off the coast of Texas, U.S. from aboard the International Space Station in this August 25, 2017 NASA handout photo. NASA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Despite advances in predicting where hurricanes are heading, forecasters are still struggling to determine a crucial factor in deciding emergency measures and evacuations: their intensity.

Science News3 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Star trails form over radio telescope dishes of the KAT-7 Array in a long exposure picture taken at the proposed South African site for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope near Carnavon in the country's remote Northern Cape province, South Africa, May 17, 2012.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

A scientific mega-project to unlock cosmic conundrums from dark energy to detecting extraterrestrial life was given a boost on Friday, when the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated in the remote South African town of Carnarvon.

Business News4 days ago

Blue Origin's New Shepard lifts off during a test in Van Horn, Texas, U.S. in an undated photo.  Blue Origin/Handout via REUTERS

Jeff Bezos' rocket company plans to charge passengers about $200,000 to $300,000 for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters.

Science News5 days ago

The IceCube Laboratory is pictured at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, in Antarctica, in 2017 and released on July 12, 2018. Courtesy Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF/Handout via REUTERS

A breakthrough in the study of ghostly particles called high-energy neutrinos that traverse space, zipping unimpeded through people, planets and whole galaxies, is giving scientists an audacious new way to expand our understanding of the cosmos.

Science Newsa day ago

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX spacecrafts the Dragon (L) and the DragonRider sit on display at the SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Bret Hartman/File Photo

(This July 11 story in the final paragraph corrects the time period of launches, how far in advance seats are booked on Soyuz spacecraft and the number of launchpads in Kazakhstan.)

Science News7 days ago

Reconstruction of the sauropodomorph dinosaur Ingentia prima showing an improved avian-like respiratory system with developed cervical air sacs (green structure) in this handout image provided July 9, 2018.    Jorge A. Gonzalez/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have unearthed in northwestern Argentina fossils of the earliest-known giant dinosaur, a four-legged plant-eater with a medium-length neck and long tail that was a forerunner of the largest land animals of all time.

Science News7 days ago

Israeli scientists stand next to an unmanned spacecraft which an Israeli team plans to launch into space at the end of the year and to land it on the Moon next year, in Yahud, Israel, July 10, 2018 REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since  2013.

Science News7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck poses alongside a Rutherford rocket engine in Auckland, New Zealand, October 20,  2015. Picture taken October 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Nigel Marple

Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, planned to open a second launch site in the United States to complement its remote New Zealand pad, the firm said on Wednesday.

Science News2 days ago

Boxing - WBA Welterweight Title Fight - Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse - Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - July 15, 2018   Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Lucas Matthysse  REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

Manny Pacquiao put on a dominant display to stun defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout and claim the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Science News2 days ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Third Place Play Off - Belgium v England - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 14, 2018  Belgium players celebrate with their medals after the match  REUTERS/Lee Smith

Belgium will be acclaimed at celebrations in Brussels on Sunday with thousands expected to hail the team but they will carry mixed feelings about their achievement at the World Cup.

Environment9 days ago

A geologist is collecting sample of molten lava from 2011 Kamoamoa eruption, at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, U.S., March 6, 2011. Picture taken on March 6, 2011.  Courtesy USGS/Handout via REUTERS

Dressed in heavy cotton, a helmet and respirator, Jessica Ball worked the night shift monitoring "fissure 8," which has been spewing fountains of lava as high as a 15-story building from a slope on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.

Environment13 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Najin (R) and her daughter Fatou (L), the last two northern white rhino females, graze alongside Ndauwo (C), a southern white rhino near their enclosure at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia National Park, Kenya March 31, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

Scientists have created hybrid embryos from the sperm of near-extinct northern white rhinoceroses in the laboratory, hoping they can ultimately help save the species.

Science News14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An Australian Koala looks at a camera as it sits atop a branch in its enclosure at Wild Life Sydney Zoo April 3, 2014.  REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo

Scientists who have mapped the genome of Australia's symbolic animal, the koala, say it could help them develop better vaccines to treat the animals, who are battling an epidemic of the bacterial disease chlamydia.

Science News18 days ago

Bret Greenstein of IBM holds an artificial intelligence bot named CIMON, following a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S., June 28, 2018. Picture taken on June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette

A science fiction-inspired robot hardwired to assist astronauts launched from Florida early Friday to become the first personal, artificial intelligence-powered companion in space. 

Science News18 days ago

Lembit Opik, Asgardia's Head of Nation Igor Ashurbeyli and Yun Zhao attend the inauguration ceremony of Asgardia's first Head of Nation in Vienna, Austria June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

(This version of the June 25th story changes paragraph 9 to make clear that membership fee does not yet apply)

Science News19 days ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - South Korea vs Germany - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 27, 2018   Germany's Mario Gomez and Mats Hummels react after a missed chance   REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Charts, graphs and statistical analysis will not explain Germany's shock World Cup exit. The reason lies not in numbers but in German football's complacency in recent years.

Science News20 days ago

A drawing of an Australasian cockatoo by a Roman Emperor has revealed trade routes between Southeast Asia and Europe were flourishing around 250 years earlier than previously thought, according to a paper published by the University of Melbourne.

Science News20 days ago

FILE PHOTO: One of the last looks at Saturn and its main rings as captured by Cassini. Images taken October 28, 2016 and released September 11, 2017.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Handout via REUTERS

Complex organic molecules have been discovered originating from one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus, adding to its potential to support life, researchers said on Wednesday.

Science Newsan hour ago

NASA's Juno spacecraft captures Jupiter's southern hemisphere, as the spacecraft performed its 13th close flyby of Jupiter on May 23, 2018.  Picture taken May 23, 2018.    NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill/Handout via REUTERS

Astronomers on Tuesday announced the discovery of 10 more moons of Jupiter, bringing to 79 the number known to be circling the giant gas planet, including one "wrong-way driver" that appears destined to crash into other moons sharing its orbital highway.

Science Newsa day ago

Amaia Arranz-Otaegui, a University of Copenhagen postdoctoral researcher in archaeobotany, and Ali Shakaiteer, a local assistant to researchers working at an archeological site in the Black Desert in northeastern Jordan, are seen collecting wheat in this image provided July 16, 2018.   Joe Roe/Handout via REUTERS

Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture.

Environment2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Hurricane Harvey is pictured off the coast of Texas, U.S. from aboard the International Space Station in this August 25, 2017 NASA handout photo. NASA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Despite advances in predicting where hurricanes are heading, forecasters are still struggling to determine a crucial factor in deciding emergency measures and evacuations: their intensity.

Science News3 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Star trails form over radio telescope dishes of the KAT-7 Array in a long exposure picture taken at the proposed South African site for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope near Carnavon in the country's remote Northern Cape province, South Africa, May 17, 2012.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

A scientific mega-project to unlock cosmic conundrums from dark energy to detecting extraterrestrial life was given a boost on Friday, when the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated in the remote South African town of Carnarvon.

Business News4 days ago

Blue Origin's New Shepard lifts off during a test in Van Horn, Texas, U.S. in an undated photo.  Blue Origin/Handout via REUTERS

Jeff Bezos' rocket company plans to charge passengers about $200,000 to $300,000 for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters.

Science News5 days ago

The IceCube Laboratory is pictured at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, in Antarctica, in 2017 and released on July 12, 2018. Courtesy Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF/Handout via REUTERS

A breakthrough in the study of ghostly particles called high-energy neutrinos that traverse space, zipping unimpeded through people, planets and whole galaxies, is giving scientists an audacious new way to expand our understanding of the cosmos.

Science Newsa day ago

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX spacecrafts the Dragon (L) and the DragonRider sit on display at the SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Bret Hartman/File Photo

(This July 11 story in the final paragraph corrects the time period of launches, how far in advance seats are booked on Soyuz spacecraft and the number of launchpads in Kazakhstan.)

Science News7 days ago

Reconstruction of the sauropodomorph dinosaur Ingentia prima showing an improved avian-like respiratory system with developed cervical air sacs (green structure) in this handout image provided July 9, 2018.    Jorge A. Gonzalez/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have unearthed in northwestern Argentina fossils of the earliest-known giant dinosaur, a four-legged plant-eater with a medium-length neck and long tail that was a forerunner of the largest land animals of all time.

Science News7 days ago

Israeli scientists stand next to an unmanned spacecraft which an Israeli team plans to launch into space at the end of the year and to land it on the Moon next year, in Yahud, Israel, July 10, 2018 REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

An Israeli non-profit group plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon in February in the first landing of its kind since  2013.

Science News7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck poses alongside a Rutherford rocket engine in Auckland, New Zealand, October 20,  2015. Picture taken October 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Nigel Marple

Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, planned to open a second launch site in the United States to complement its remote New Zealand pad, the firm said on Wednesday.

Science News2 days ago

Boxing - WBA Welterweight Title Fight - Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse - Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - July 15, 2018   Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Lucas Matthysse  REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

Manny Pacquiao put on a dominant display to stun defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout and claim the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Science News2 days ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Third Place Play Off - Belgium v England - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 14, 2018  Belgium players celebrate with their medals after the match  REUTERS/Lee Smith

Belgium will be acclaimed at celebrations in Brussels on Sunday with thousands expected to hail the team but they will carry mixed feelings about their achievement at the World Cup.

Environment9 days ago

A geologist is collecting sample of molten lava from 2011 Kamoamoa eruption, at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, U.S., March 6, 2011. Picture taken on March 6, 2011.  Courtesy USGS/Handout via REUTERS

Dressed in heavy cotton, a helmet and respirator, Jessica Ball worked the night shift monitoring "fissure 8," which has been spewing fountains of lava as high as a 15-story building from a slope on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.

Environment13 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Najin (R) and her daughter Fatou (L), the last two northern white rhino females, graze alongside Ndauwo (C), a southern white rhino near their enclosure at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia National Park, Kenya March 31, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

Scientists have created hybrid embryos from the sperm of near-extinct northern white rhinoceroses in the laboratory, hoping they can ultimately help save the species.

Science News14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An Australian Koala looks at a camera as it sits atop a branch in its enclosure at Wild Life Sydney Zoo April 3, 2014.  REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo

Scientists who have mapped the genome of Australia's symbolic animal, the koala, say it could help them develop better vaccines to treat the animals, who are battling an epidemic of the bacterial disease chlamydia.

Science News18 days ago

Bret Greenstein of IBM holds an artificial intelligence bot named CIMON, following a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S., June 28, 2018. Picture taken on June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette

A science fiction-inspired robot hardwired to assist astronauts launched from Florida early Friday to become the first personal, artificial intelligence-powered companion in space. 

Science News18 days ago

Lembit Opik, Asgardia's Head of Nation Igor Ashurbeyli and Yun Zhao attend the inauguration ceremony of Asgardia's first Head of Nation in Vienna, Austria June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

(This version of the June 25th story changes paragraph 9 to make clear that membership fee does not yet apply)

Science News19 days ago

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - South Korea vs Germany - Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia - June 27, 2018   Germany's Mario Gomez and Mats Hummels react after a missed chance   REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Charts, graphs and statistical analysis will not explain Germany's shock World Cup exit. The reason lies not in numbers but in German football's complacency in recent years.

Science News20 days ago

A drawing of an Australasian cockatoo by a Roman Emperor has revealed trade routes between Southeast Asia and Europe were flourishing around 250 years earlier than previously thought, according to a paper published by the University of Melbourne.

Science News20 days ago

FILE PHOTO: One of the last looks at Saturn and its main rings as captured by Cassini. Images taken October 28, 2016 and released September 11, 2017.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Handout via REUTERS

Complex organic molecules have been discovered originating from one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus, adding to its potential to support life, researchers said on Wednesday.

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