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This undated handout illustration shows how human hunters stalked giant ground sloth to distract them before trying to land a killing blow. Supplied by Bournemouth University, Britain, April 25, 2018. Alex McCelland/Bournemouth University/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have uncovered evidence of ancient humans engaged in a deadly face-off with a giant sloth, showing for the first time how our ancestors might have tackled such a formidable prey.

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An artist's impression of the 14 galaxies detected by ALMA (Atacama large Millimter/submillimeter Array) telescopess as they appear in the very early, very distant universe, in this illustration released April 25, 2018.  NRAO/AUI/National Science Foundation/Handout via Reuters

Astronomers have detected the early stages of a colossal cosmic collision, observing a pile-up of 14 galaxies 90 percent of the way across the observable universe in a discovery that upends assumptions about the early history of the cosmos.

Environment6 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: A logo of the European Space Agency (ESA) is pictured at the headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, September 30, 2016.  REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo

Europe has launched the seventh of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to help predict weather phenomena such as El Nino and track the progress of global warming.

Science News11 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: The Russian Soyuz VS01 rocket, carrying the first two satellites of Europe's Galileo navigation system, blasts off from its launchpad at the Guiana Space Center in Sinnamary, French Guiana, October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

Britain is considering setting up a satellite navigation system to rival the European Union's Galileo project amid a row over attempts to restrict Britain's access to sensitive security information after Brexit, the Financial Times reported.

Science News7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S., is shown in this artist's rendering image obtained on April 9, 2018.  Courtesy Chris Meaney/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA/Handout via REUTERS

A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life.

Science News5 days ago

Igor, the 13 year-old Siberian tiger lies on the operation table before the non-invasive stem cell surgery in Zoo Szeged, Hungary April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Igor, a Siberian tiger in a Hungarian zoo, received stem-cell joint treatment on Wednesday which doctors hoped would help heal its hip and allow it to live happily, on less medicine.

Science News6 days ago

Robots assemble an Ikea chair at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore April 17, 2018. Picture taken April 17, 2018. NTU/Handout via REUTERS

Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture.

Science News7 days ago

Bill Gates speaks during an interview with Reuters in London, Britain, April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.

Science News8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A test version of the Orion crew module is shown following testing and recovery procedures with the U.S. Navy in San Diego, California, U.S., January 25, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA's deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars.

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German astronaut Alexander Gerst attaches a patch with the logo and name of his next mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to run from April 2018 to October 2018, during a news conference at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Astronaut Alexander Gerst says he aims to be a "nice boss" when he becomes the $100 billion International Space Station's first German commander later this year.

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Russia's space agency said on Monday that Angola's first national telecoms satellite, AngoSat-1, was inoperative and Russia would build another one for launch in 2020.

Environment8 days ago

Professor John McGeehan, an X-ray Crystallographer at the University of Portsmouth, stands next to equipment at the Diamond Light Source, the UK national synchrotron, that he used to reveal the atomic structure of an enzyme his team has subsequently engineered that can digest a common form of plastic and may in future help in the fight against pollution, in Didcot, Britain, April 13, 2018. Picture taken April 13, 2018. REUTERS/Stuart McDill

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Science News9 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The ticker and logo for General Electric Co. is displayed on a screen at the post where it's traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., June 30, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

General Electric is raising its bet on biotechnology with the launch of prefabricated manufacturing units for producing virus-based gene and cell therapies, novel anti-cancer treatments and vaccines.

Science News9 days ago

TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this photo obtained by Reuters on March 28, 2018.  NASA plans to send TESS into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket set for blastoff sometime between April 16 and June  on a two-year mission.    NASA/Handout via REUTERS

An 11th-hour technical glitch prompted SpaceX to postpone its planned launch on Monday of a new NASA space telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system, delaying for at least 48 hours a quest to expand astronomers' known inventory of so-called exoplanets.

Science News9 days ago

FILE PHOTO: TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this photo obtained by Reuters on March 28, 2018.     NASA/Handout via REUTERS

SpaceX postponed a planned launch on Monday of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's latest planet-hunting satellite for 48 hours, citing problems with a guidance-navigation control system, launch team officials said.

Science News12 days ago

Sakakibara Kikai's engineer Go Sakakibara poses with the bipedal robot Mononofu during its demonstration at its factory in Shinto Village, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo had always dreamed of suiting up as a robot from "Mobile Suit Gundam", his favorite animation series growing up. Now he has made it a reality by creating a giant humanoid inspired by the science fiction franchise.

Business News13 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An exterior of the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Elon Musk-led SpaceX Corp is raising $507 million in a new round of funding, valuing the company at around $26 billion, according to a filing seen by Reuters.

Science News13 days ago

Care home manager Deanna Barnes introduces Katrina Brooke, aged 73, to Biscuit the robotic dog at Templeman House Residential and Dementia Care Home in Bournemouth, Britain, April 5, 2018. Biscuit was brought in to help reduce stress and anxiety among residents, and to spark memories and conversations with care providers. Picture taken April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Matthew Stock

Among Ron Grantham's happiest memories are the days he spent fly-fishing with his beloved dog, Spot. Now those memories are being revived by visits from his new best friend, Biscuit - a robotic dog.

Science News14 days ago

Researchers have unveiled what they billed as the world’s first 3D-printed house to serve as a home in the French city of Nantes.

Researchers have unveiled what they billed as the world's first 3D-printed house to serve as a home in the French city of Nantes, with the first tenants due to move in by June.

Science News16 days ago

Shonisaurus, a giant ichthyosaur is pictured in this handout reconstruction image obtained by Reuters April 9, 2018. Nobumichi Tamura/Handout via REUTERS

A jawbone fossil found on a rocky English beach belongs to one of the biggest marine animals on record, a type of seagoing reptile called an ichthyosaur that scientists estimated at up to 85 feet (26 meters) long - approaching the size of a blue whale.

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