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World News5 hours ago

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Israel's first spacecraft designed to land on the moon lifts off on the first privately-funded lunar mission at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon's surface.

Science & Space7 hours ago

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) associate professor Yuichi Tsuda holds a banner reading 'success' in front of an image of the Hayabusa 2 space probe's landing on the Ryugu asteroid, 340 million kilometers from Earth, at JAXA's facility in Sagamihara, south of Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 22, 2019.  Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A Japanese space probe named after a falcon, Hayabusa 2, has touched down on an asteroid more than 300 million km (186 million miles) from Earth on a mission to seek clues about the origins of life, Japan's space agency said on Friday.

Business News13 hours ago

One of Boeing Co's CST-100 Starliner astronaut capsules is seen at a production facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Eric M. Johnson

NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.

Science & Space16 hours ago

The Cretaceous Period dinosaur, Moros intrepidus, whose fossils were unearthed in central Utah, is shown in this artist reconstruction image released from Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., February 21, 2019. Courtesy Jorge Gonzalez/Handout via REUTERS

No one would ever look at the huge and ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex as an underdog. But its newly discovered evolutionary great uncle certainly was.

World Newsa day ago

International Space Station (ISS) crew members Aleksey Ovchinin of Russia and Nick Hague of the U.S., along with Christina Koch of the U.S. pose for a photograph during a news conference in the Star City near Moscow, Russia February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Two astronauts who survived a midair rocket failure in October said on Thursday they had received counseling following their brush with death and felt ready to fly again next month.

Science & Space2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Zebras are seen at the Nairobi National Park, near Nairobi, Kenya, December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Scientists are providing new evidence to answer the longstanding question about why zebras have stripes. It appears stripes make terrible landing strips, bamboozling the fierce blood-sucking flies that try to feast on zebras and carry deadly diseases.

Science & Space2 days ago

Israel's first spacecraft designed to land on the moon is set to blastoff from Florida on Thursday in the first privately-funded lunar mission, as the Jewish state seeks to become only the fourth nation to reach the surface of Earth's natural satellite.

Science & Space4 days ago

A great white shark is seen in the waters near Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico in this 2012 handout photo obtained by  Reuters February 18, 2019.  Byron Dilkes/Danah Divers/Handout via REUTERS

The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world's oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature -- right down to its genes.

Science & Space4 days ago

Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday.

Editor's picks7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: File photo of the International Space Station (ISS) photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, Oct. 4, 2018. NASA/Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS

NASA said on Friday it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX and Boeing Co.

Science & Space11 hours ago

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Israel's first spacecraft designed to land on the moon is prepared for launch on the first privately-funded lunar mission at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to ever to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon's surface.

ESG6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The scientific investigation vessel of the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), named Karpuj, is seen in front of the Collins Glacier at King George island, Antarctica, Chile February 2, 2019.  REUTERS/Fabian Cambero

In a remote island outpost on the edge of the Antarctic, hundreds of miles from the southern tip of Chile, scientists at a research base are scouring the ice for clues about everything from climate change to cures for cancer.

Science & Space8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, a combination of multiple frames taken by Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) during March 22 through March 24, 2014 on planet Mars is seen in this NASA/JPL-Caltech image released on April 17, 2014.   Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University/Arizona State University/Handout via REUTERS

Opportunity, a remarkably durable NASA rover designed to roll along the surface of Mars for three months, has stopped communicating with Earth after 15 years of service, officials said on Wednesday, ending a mission that astounded the U.S. space agency.

Science & Space9 days ago

The Cretaceous Period dinosaur Mnyamawamtuka in its environmental setting is seen in this illustration released in Athens, Ohio, U.S., February 13, 2019. Mark Witton/Handout via REUTERS

A relatively complete skeleton of a long-necked, long-tailed plant-eater excavated from a rocky cliff above a Tanzanian river is providing insight into the early evolution of a dinosaur group that later included Earth's largest-ever land animals.

Science & Space11 days ago

Tubular structures found in black shale from a quarry in Gabon dating from 2.1 billion years ago - providing evidence of the earliest-known mobile organisms on Earth - are shown in Poitiers, France in this undated handout photo obtained February 11, 2019.  Abderrazak Albani/IC2MP/CNRS/Universite de Poitiers/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have discovered in 2.1-billion-year-old black shale from a quarry in Gabon the earliest evidence of a revolutionary development in the history of life on Earth, the ability of organisms to move from one place to another on their own.

Science & Space13 days ago

The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday.

Science & Space15 days ago

A fish called a cleaner wrasse interacts with its reflection in a mirror placed on the outside of the aquarium glass at a laboratory in Konstanz, Germany in this image released February 6, 2019.  Alex Jordan/Handout via REUTERS

A small tropical reef fish was able to recognize itself in a mirror, scientists said on Thursday in a finding that raises provocative questions about assessing self-awareness and cognitive abilities in animals.

Science & Space15 days ago

David Aguliar poses with his prosthetic arm built with Lego pieces during an interview with Reuters in Sant Cugat del Valles, near Barcelona, Spain, February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Albert Gea

David Aguilar has built himself a robotic prosthetic arm using Lego pieces after being born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition.

Science & Space17 days ago

Scientist have found footage of someone kayaking among seals on a USB stick they found in a slab of seal poo. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poo.

ESG18 days ago

Scientists in Australia have found a unique way of discovering more about the health of whales - by using a drone to capture of all things, their snot.

The old cry of sailors sighting a whale's waterspout is taking on new meaning as scientists turn to drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, to gather samples of the fluids exhaled by the huge mammals and track their health.

World News5 hours ago

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Israel's first spacecraft designed to land on the moon lifts off on the first privately-funded lunar mission at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon's surface.

Science & Space7 hours ago

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) associate professor Yuichi Tsuda holds a banner reading 'success' in front of an image of the Hayabusa 2 space probe's landing on the Ryugu asteroid, 340 million kilometers from Earth, at JAXA's facility in Sagamihara, south of Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 22, 2019.  Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A Japanese space probe named after a falcon, Hayabusa 2, has touched down on an asteroid more than 300 million km (186 million miles) from Earth on a mission to seek clues about the origins of life, Japan's space agency said on Friday.

Business News13 hours ago

One of Boeing Co's CST-100 Starliner astronaut capsules is seen at a production facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Eric M. Johnson

NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.

Science & Space16 hours ago

The Cretaceous Period dinosaur, Moros intrepidus, whose fossils were unearthed in central Utah, is shown in this artist reconstruction image released from Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., February 21, 2019. Courtesy Jorge Gonzalez/Handout via REUTERS

No one would ever look at the huge and ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex as an underdog. But its newly discovered evolutionary great uncle certainly was.

World Newsa day ago

International Space Station (ISS) crew members Aleksey Ovchinin of Russia and Nick Hague of the U.S., along with Christina Koch of the U.S. pose for a photograph during a news conference in the Star City near Moscow, Russia February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Two astronauts who survived a midair rocket failure in October said on Thursday they had received counseling following their brush with death and felt ready to fly again next month.

Science & Space2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Zebras are seen at the Nairobi National Park, near Nairobi, Kenya, December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Scientists are providing new evidence to answer the longstanding question about why zebras have stripes. It appears stripes make terrible landing strips, bamboozling the fierce blood-sucking flies that try to feast on zebras and carry deadly diseases.

Science & Space2 days ago

Israel's first spacecraft designed to land on the moon is set to blastoff from Florida on Thursday in the first privately-funded lunar mission, as the Jewish state seeks to become only the fourth nation to reach the surface of Earth's natural satellite.

Science & Space4 days ago

A great white shark is seen in the waters near Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico in this 2012 handout photo obtained by  Reuters February 18, 2019.  Byron Dilkes/Danah Divers/Handout via REUTERS

The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world's oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature -- right down to its genes.

Science & Space4 days ago

Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday.

Editor's picks7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: File photo of the International Space Station (ISS) photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, Oct. 4, 2018. NASA/Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS

NASA said on Friday it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX and Boeing Co.

Science & Space11 hours ago

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Israel's first spacecraft designed to land on the moon is prepared for launch on the first privately-funded lunar mission at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to ever to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon's surface.

ESG6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The scientific investigation vessel of the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), named Karpuj, is seen in front of the Collins Glacier at King George island, Antarctica, Chile February 2, 2019.  REUTERS/Fabian Cambero

In a remote island outpost on the edge of the Antarctic, hundreds of miles from the southern tip of Chile, scientists at a research base are scouring the ice for clues about everything from climate change to cures for cancer.

Science & Space8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, a combination of multiple frames taken by Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) during March 22 through March 24, 2014 on planet Mars is seen in this NASA/JPL-Caltech image released on April 17, 2014.   Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University/Arizona State University/Handout via REUTERS

Opportunity, a remarkably durable NASA rover designed to roll along the surface of Mars for three months, has stopped communicating with Earth after 15 years of service, officials said on Wednesday, ending a mission that astounded the U.S. space agency.

Science & Space9 days ago

The Cretaceous Period dinosaur Mnyamawamtuka in its environmental setting is seen in this illustration released in Athens, Ohio, U.S., February 13, 2019. Mark Witton/Handout via REUTERS

A relatively complete skeleton of a long-necked, long-tailed plant-eater excavated from a rocky cliff above a Tanzanian river is providing insight into the early evolution of a dinosaur group that later included Earth's largest-ever land animals.

Science & Space11 days ago

Tubular structures found in black shale from a quarry in Gabon dating from 2.1 billion years ago - providing evidence of the earliest-known mobile organisms on Earth - are shown in Poitiers, France in this undated handout photo obtained February 11, 2019.  Abderrazak Albani/IC2MP/CNRS/Universite de Poitiers/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have discovered in 2.1-billion-year-old black shale from a quarry in Gabon the earliest evidence of a revolutionary development in the history of life on Earth, the ability of organisms to move from one place to another on their own.

Science & Space13 days ago

The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday.

Science & Space15 days ago

A fish called a cleaner wrasse interacts with its reflection in a mirror placed on the outside of the aquarium glass at a laboratory in Konstanz, Germany in this image released February 6, 2019.  Alex Jordan/Handout via REUTERS

A small tropical reef fish was able to recognize itself in a mirror, scientists said on Thursday in a finding that raises provocative questions about assessing self-awareness and cognitive abilities in animals.

Science & Space15 days ago

David Aguliar poses with his prosthetic arm built with Lego pieces during an interview with Reuters in Sant Cugat del Valles, near Barcelona, Spain, February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Albert Gea

David Aguilar has built himself a robotic prosthetic arm using Lego pieces after being born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition.

Science & Space17 days ago

Scientist have found footage of someone kayaking among seals on a USB stick they found in a slab of seal poo. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poo.

ESG18 days ago

Scientists in Australia have found a unique way of discovering more about the health of whales - by using a drone to capture of all things, their snot.

The old cry of sailors sighting a whale's waterspout is taking on new meaning as scientists turn to drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, to gather samples of the fluids exhaled by the huge mammals and track their health.

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