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A life reconstruction of the newly discovered primitive Jurassic mammal Microdocodon gracilis is shown in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters July 18, 2019. April Neander/University of Chicago/Handout via REUTERS

A shrew-like primitive mammal that inhabited China 165 million years ago represents a milestone in mammalian evolution, scientists said on Thursday, boasting a key anatomical trait in its throat that helped usher in the era of polite table manners.

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The radio telescope at the Parkes Observatory is pictured at sunset near the town of Parkes, Australia July 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Stefica Nicol Bikes

It's known as "The Dish" and it soars above a nondescript paddock in rural Australia. Without it, hundreds of millions of people would never have seen all of the generation-defining footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon 50 years ago.

Science & Spacein 18 hours

FILE PHOTO: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists work on various modules of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE) in Bengaluru, India, June 12, 2019. Picture taken through a green glass window. REUTERS/Chris Thomas/File Photo

India's space agency said on Thursday it would launch the country's second lunar mission on July 22, after the original launch was called off due to a 'technical snag' earlier this week.

Science & Spacein a day

U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 Mission Commander, standing next to the Lunar Module "Eagle" on the moon July 20, 1969. REUTERS/Buzz Aldrin-NASA/Handout

The Apollo 11 astronauts who made mankind's first visit to the moon 50 years ago were trained in how to take pictures for science. Back on Earth, some of those photos became pop culture touchstones.

Science & Spacein 7 hours

The United States is embarking on another mission to the moon, but unlike the Apollo program that put humans on its surface 50 years ago, NASA is gearing up for a long term presence that the agency says will eventually enable humans to reach Mars. Lisa Bernhard reports.

Unlike the Apollo program that put astronauts on the moon 50 years ago, NASA is gearing up for a long term presence on Earth's satellite that the agency says will eventually enable humans to reach Mars.

Environmentin a day

FILE PHOTO: An iceberg floats in Andvord Bay, Antarctica, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Governments could stop the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from sliding into the ocean and submerging coastal cities by launching a last-ditch engineering project to blanket its surface with "artificial snow", according to a study released on Wednesday.

Science & Spacein 2 days

FILE PHOTO: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, poses for a photograph besides the deployed United States flag during an extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon, July 20, 1969. The lunar module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are visible in the soil. Neil Armstrong/NASA/Handout via REUTERS

Fifty years after their history-making voyage to the moon, Buzz Aldrin recalls the first moments of the Apollo 11 launch being so smooth that he and his two crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Mike Collins, were unsure precisely when they left the ground.

Science & Spacein a day

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, the rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts are being studied by volcanologists who believe they could help predict eruptions on Earth more accurately. Joe Davies reports.

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, scientists believe rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts could help predict volcanic eruptions on Earth more accurately.

Science & Spacein 2 days

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins speaks at a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of the launch, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, U.S., July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned to the launch pad Tuesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he flew to the moon 50 years ago along with the late Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Science & Spacein 2 days

Neil Armstrong's Pressure Suit, A7-L, Apollo 11, that he wore to walk on the moon July 20, 1969 is displayed in its new case at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2019.  Smithsonian Air and Space Museum/Jim Preston/Handout via REUTERS.

The spacesuit astronaut Neil Armstrong wore during his mission to the moon went on public display for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum exactly 50 years to the day when Apollo 11 launched into space.

Science & Spacein 2 days

University of Colorado Boulder director of NASA/NLSI Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research Jack Burns, who is working with NASA to put telescopes on the moon by using telerobotic technology, stands for a portrait at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado, U.S., June 24, 2019.  REUTERS/Michael Ciaglo

As the United States races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in nearly 50 years, a NASA-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts.

Science & Spacein 3 days

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission, is shown during launch preparation at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Nesius/File Photo

As Elon Musk's SpaceX closes in on the possible cause of a fiery explosion in April that destroyed one of its astronaut capsules, a company executive said on Monday its plan to launch humans into space this year looked "increasingly difficult."

Environmentin 3 days

Employees work in a laboratory at Aleph Farms, an Israeli company producing lab-grown steak from cow cells, in Rehovot, Israel June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Diners in some upmarket restaurants will soon be able to tuck into laboratory-grown steak, thanks to an Israeli startup that seeks to tap into consumer concerns about health, the environment and animal welfare.

Science & Spacein 3 days

University of Colorado Boulder director of NASA/NLSI Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research Jack Burns points out locations on a lunar globe at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado, U.S., June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Ciaglo

As countries and companies rush to build infrastructure on the moon, some researchers are planning to dig under its rocky soil to unlock mysteries about Earth that have eluded scientists since astronauts first stepped foot on its surface a half century ago.

Science & Spacein 4 days

Spectators leave a viewing gallery after India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, was called off, in Sriharikota, India, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

India's space agency said it delayed the launch of its second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, in the early hours of Monday due to a "technical snag" which was observed less than an hour before the scheduled liftoff.

World Newsin 6 days

FILE PHOTO: A model of Tiangong 2 space laboratory by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is displayed at China Beijing International High-tech Expo in Beijing, China June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China's manned space lab Tiangong-2 has finished experiments and will re-enter Earth's atmosphere on July 19, authorities said on Saturday.

Science & Spacein 7 days

An investigation is under way after a European Vega rocket failed after take-off, destroying a military observation satellite as it was about to be placed in orbit for the United Arab Emirates, European space authorities said on Thursday.

Business Newsin 7 days

Logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the annual results news conference of the German drugmaker in Leverkusen, Germany February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Brazilian cotton producers in the state of Mato Grosso on Thursday sued Bayer AG <BAYGn.DE>, seeking to cancel the chemical company's patent protection for its Bollgard II RR Flex genetically modified cotton seed, according to a statement sent to Reuters.

Science & Spacein 8 days

Virgin Orbit's chief engineer Kevin Sagis kisses the tip of a test rocket underneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner prior to its takeoff and drop test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites from Mojave, California, U.S. July 10, 2019.       REUTERS/Mike Blake

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit on Wednesday released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in a key test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites, the company said.

Science & Spacein 8 days

FILE PHOTO: Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA  Headquarters, speaks during a press conference announcing that NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a commercial economy in low-Earth orbit at the NASDAQ Market site, at Times Square in New York City, U.S., June 7, 2019.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

As NASA scrambles to meet U.S. President Donald Trump's mandate to return humans to the moon by 2024, two longtime heads of NASA's human exploration wing were demoted Wednesday in a slew of administrative shakeups, officials said in an internal memo.

Science & Spacein 5 hours

A life reconstruction of the newly discovered primitive Jurassic mammal Microdocodon gracilis is shown in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters July 18, 2019. April Neander/University of Chicago/Handout via REUTERS

A shrew-like primitive mammal that inhabited China 165 million years ago represents a milestone in mammalian evolution, scientists said on Thursday, boasting a key anatomical trait in its throat that helped usher in the era of polite table manners.

Science & Spacein a day

The radio telescope at the Parkes Observatory is pictured at sunset near the town of Parkes, Australia July 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Stefica Nicol Bikes

It's known as "The Dish" and it soars above a nondescript paddock in rural Australia. Without it, hundreds of millions of people would never have seen all of the generation-defining footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon 50 years ago.

Science & Spacein 18 hours

FILE PHOTO: Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists work on various modules of lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 at ISRO Satellite Integration and Test Establishment (ISITE) in Bengaluru, India, June 12, 2019. Picture taken through a green glass window. REUTERS/Chris Thomas/File Photo

India's space agency said on Thursday it would launch the country's second lunar mission on July 22, after the original launch was called off due to a 'technical snag' earlier this week.

Science & Spacein a day

U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 Mission Commander, standing next to the Lunar Module "Eagle" on the moon July 20, 1969. REUTERS/Buzz Aldrin-NASA/Handout

The Apollo 11 astronauts who made mankind's first visit to the moon 50 years ago were trained in how to take pictures for science. Back on Earth, some of those photos became pop culture touchstones.

Science & Spacein 7 hours

The United States is embarking on another mission to the moon, but unlike the Apollo program that put humans on its surface 50 years ago, NASA is gearing up for a long term presence that the agency says will eventually enable humans to reach Mars. Lisa Bernhard reports.

Unlike the Apollo program that put astronauts on the moon 50 years ago, NASA is gearing up for a long term presence on Earth's satellite that the agency says will eventually enable humans to reach Mars.

Environmentin a day

FILE PHOTO: An iceberg floats in Andvord Bay, Antarctica, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Governments could stop the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from sliding into the ocean and submerging coastal cities by launching a last-ditch engineering project to blanket its surface with "artificial snow", according to a study released on Wednesday.

Science & Spacein 2 days

FILE PHOTO: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, poses for a photograph besides the deployed United States flag during an extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon, July 20, 1969. The lunar module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are visible in the soil. Neil Armstrong/NASA/Handout via REUTERS

Fifty years after their history-making voyage to the moon, Buzz Aldrin recalls the first moments of the Apollo 11 launch being so smooth that he and his two crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Mike Collins, were unsure precisely when they left the ground.

Science & Spacein a day

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, the rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts are being studied by volcanologists who believe they could help predict eruptions on Earth more accurately. Joe Davies reports.

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, scientists believe rock samples collected by Apollo astronauts could help predict volcanic eruptions on Earth more accurately.

Science & Spacein 2 days

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins speaks at a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of the launch, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, U.S., July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned to the launch pad Tuesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he flew to the moon 50 years ago along with the late Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Science & Spacein 2 days

Neil Armstrong's Pressure Suit, A7-L, Apollo 11, that he wore to walk on the moon July 20, 1969 is displayed in its new case at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, U.S., July 12, 2019.  Smithsonian Air and Space Museum/Jim Preston/Handout via REUTERS.

The spacesuit astronaut Neil Armstrong wore during his mission to the moon went on public display for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum exactly 50 years to the day when Apollo 11 launched into space.

Science & Spacein 2 days

University of Colorado Boulder director of NASA/NLSI Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research Jack Burns, who is working with NASA to put telescopes on the moon by using telerobotic technology, stands for a portrait at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado, U.S., June 24, 2019.  REUTERS/Michael Ciaglo

As the United States races to put humans back on the moon for the first time in nearly 50 years, a NASA-funded lab in Colorado aims to send robots there to deploy telescopes that will look far into our galaxy, remotely operated by orbiting astronauts.

Science & Spacein 3 days

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission, is shown during launch preparation at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Nesius/File Photo

As Elon Musk's SpaceX closes in on the possible cause of a fiery explosion in April that destroyed one of its astronaut capsules, a company executive said on Monday its plan to launch humans into space this year looked "increasingly difficult."

Environmentin 3 days

Employees work in a laboratory at Aleph Farms, an Israeli company producing lab-grown steak from cow cells, in Rehovot, Israel June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Diners in some upmarket restaurants will soon be able to tuck into laboratory-grown steak, thanks to an Israeli startup that seeks to tap into consumer concerns about health, the environment and animal welfare.

Science & Spacein 3 days

University of Colorado Boulder director of NASA/NLSI Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research Jack Burns points out locations on a lunar globe at the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colorado, U.S., June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Michael Ciaglo

As countries and companies rush to build infrastructure on the moon, some researchers are planning to dig under its rocky soil to unlock mysteries about Earth that have eluded scientists since astronauts first stepped foot on its surface a half century ago.

Science & Spacein 4 days

Spectators leave a viewing gallery after India's second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, was called off, in Sriharikota, India, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

India's space agency said it delayed the launch of its second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, in the early hours of Monday due to a "technical snag" which was observed less than an hour before the scheduled liftoff.

World Newsin 6 days

FILE PHOTO: A model of Tiangong 2 space laboratory by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is displayed at China Beijing International High-tech Expo in Beijing, China June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China's manned space lab Tiangong-2 has finished experiments and will re-enter Earth's atmosphere on July 19, authorities said on Saturday.

Science & Spacein 7 days

An investigation is under way after a European Vega rocket failed after take-off, destroying a military observation satellite as it was about to be placed in orbit for the United Arab Emirates, European space authorities said on Thursday.

Business Newsin 7 days

Logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the annual results news conference of the German drugmaker in Leverkusen, Germany February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Brazilian cotton producers in the state of Mato Grosso on Thursday sued Bayer AG <BAYGn.DE>, seeking to cancel the chemical company's patent protection for its Bollgard II RR Flex genetically modified cotton seed, according to a statement sent to Reuters.

Science & Spacein 8 days

Virgin Orbit's chief engineer Kevin Sagis kisses the tip of a test rocket underneath the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner prior to its takeoff and drop test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites from Mojave, California, U.S. July 10, 2019.       REUTERS/Mike Blake

Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit on Wednesday released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in a key test of its high-altitude launch system for satellites, the company said.

Science & Spacein 8 days

FILE PHOTO: Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA  Headquarters, speaks during a press conference announcing that NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a commercial economy in low-Earth orbit at the NASDAQ Market site, at Times Square in New York City, U.S., June 7, 2019.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

As NASA scrambles to meet U.S. President Donald Trump's mandate to return humans to the moon by 2024, two longtime heads of NASA's human exploration wing were demoted Wednesday in a slew of administrative shakeups, officials said in an internal memo.

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