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Science & Space2 days ago

A Long March-3B rocket carrying Chang'e 4 lunar probe takes off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, China December 8, 2018.  REUTERS/Stringer

China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space program, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO -  NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is seen on display at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, U.S. August 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Brown

NASA's deep space explorer Osiris-Rex flew on Monday to within a dozen miles of its destination, a skyscraper-sized asteroid believed to hold organic compounds fundamental to life as well as the potential to collide with Earth in about 150 years. 

Science & Space6 days ago

A gorilla is pictured through protective glass as he looks on in his enclosure, in southern Spain, June 2018.   REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Gorillas at a zoo in England have demonstrated a distinctly human trait while attempting to solve a new puzzle game - cheating.

Science & Space5 days ago

Medical team hold the first baby born via uterus transplant from a deceased donor at the hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 15, 2017 in this picture handout obtained on December 4, 2018. Hospital das Clinicas da FMUSP/via REUTERS

A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying a Qatari communications satellite, which will provide connectivity to Qatar and neighbouring parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, from historic Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

(This story corrects to delete incorrect information that rocket carried a University of Illinois satellite)

Science & Space7 days ago

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques waves upon uniting with the rest of the crew members on the International Space Station (ISS) after its capsule hatch opened upon docking in this still image captured from NASA video in space, December 3, 2018. Courtesy NASA TV/Handout via REUTERS

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted a three-man crew into orbit on Monday, beginning the first manned voyage to the International Space Station since a mission in October was aborted in midair because of a rocket malfunction.

Science & Space11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine poses for a photographer after an interview with Reuters at NASA headquarters in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

NASA on Thursday named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that will compete for funding under the space agency's renewed long-term moon program, a private-public undertaking to develop technology that will explore the lunar surface.

Science & Space11 days ago

Scientist He Jiankui attends the International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

The Chinese government on Thursday ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involved in the editing of human genes, after a Chinese scientist said he had edited the genes of twin babies.

Science & Space11 days ago

An illustration showing an artistic reconstruction of a mother and calf of Maiabalaena nesbittae nursing offshore of Oregon during the Oligocene, close to 33 million years ago, in this image provided by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2018.   Smithsonian Institution/Handout via REUTERS

A prehistoric 15-foot-long (4.5 meters) whale that sucked prey into its mouth represents a key missing puzzle piece concerning the evolution of today's huge filter-feeding whales, scientists said on Thursday.

Science & Space11 days ago

India fired a rocket carrying 31 satellites into space on Thursday, including its own advanced earth observation satellite among the other smaller ones launched for eight countries.

Environment11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An NUS researcher shows an Aerogel pellet at NUS's Department of Mechanical Engineering in Singapore November 23, 2018. REUTERS/Yiming Woo

Researchers in Singapore are seeking a patent for a new sound-proof and heat-resistant material made from recycled plastic bottles they say could help reduce plastic waste dumped in oceans and clogging landfills.

Science & Space12 days ago

Amazon.com Inc's autonomous toy car, The AWS DeepRacer, one-eighteenth the size of a real race car, aimed at helping web developers try some some of their own self-driving technology, is shown in this handout photo provided November 28, 2018.     REUTERS/Amazon.com/Handout via REUTERS

Self-driving cars, meet Amazon's self-driving toys.

Science & Space12 days ago

A confocal image of a trophoblast organoid stained for cytokeratin 7, F-actin and Dapi is seen in this undated picture handed out by the University of Cambridge, Britain. Margherita Turco/University of Cambridge/Handout via REUTERS

- Scientists in Britain have succeeded in creating mini human placenta organoids which they say will transform scientific understanding of reproductive disorders such as pre-eclampsia and miscarriage.

Science & Space12 days ago

Furhat, the social robot with a back-projected face that can change its personality and talk to people, is shown at a demonstration of the technology in London, Britain November 19, 2018.  REUTERS/Stuart McDill

Furhat tilts his or her head, smiles, exudes empathy and warmth, and encourages us to open up.

Science & Space12 days ago

Scientist He Jiankui attends the International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

A Chinese scientist at the center of an ethical storm over what he claims are the world's first genetically edited babies said on Wednesday he is proud of his work and revealed there was a second "potential" pregnancy as part of the research.

Science & Space13 days ago

Scientist He Jiankui shows "The Human Genome", a book he edited, at his company Direct Genomics in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China August 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Stringer

Chinese officials and scientists denounced on Tuesday the claims of a geneticist who said he had created the first gene-edited babies, and a hospital linked to his research suggested its ethical approval had been forged.

Science & Space13 days ago

NASA's InSight Mars lander acquired this image of the area in front of the lander using its lander-mounted, Instrument Context Camera (ICC) with the ICC image field of view of 124 x 124 degrees, on Mars, November 26, 2018.    NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

NASA's InSight spacecraft, the first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of a distant world, touched down safely on the surface of Mars on Monday with instruments to detect planetary seismic rumblings never measured anywhere but Earth.

Science & Space13 days ago

Mealworms and potato skin are seen inside a mealworm incubator, made by Livin Farms, in Hong Kong, China November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Pasta prepared with mealworms raised in your own home?

Science & Space14 days ago

The NASA Mars science probe InSight streaked into the planet's thin atmosphere on Monday and began its descent to the surface in a make-or-break landing attempt that was expected to end in a touchdown within seven minutes, mission controllers said.

Science & Space14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: NASA's InSight spacecraft, destined for the Elysium Planitia region located in Mars' northern hemisphere, undergoes final preparations at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, U.S., April 6, 2018.   REUTERS/Gene Blevins/File Photo

NASA's first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of a distant world hurtled closer to Mars on course for a planned touchdown on Monday after a six-month voyage through space.

Science & Space2 days ago

A Long March-3B rocket carrying Chang'e 4 lunar probe takes off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, China December 8, 2018.  REUTERS/Stringer

China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space program, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO -  NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is seen on display at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, U.S. August 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Brown

NASA's deep space explorer Osiris-Rex flew on Monday to within a dozen miles of its destination, a skyscraper-sized asteroid believed to hold organic compounds fundamental to life as well as the potential to collide with Earth in about 150 years. 

Science & Space6 days ago

A gorilla is pictured through protective glass as he looks on in his enclosure, in southern Spain, June 2018.   REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Gorillas at a zoo in England have demonstrated a distinctly human trait while attempting to solve a new puzzle game - cheating.

Science & Space5 days ago

Medical team hold the first baby born via uterus transplant from a deceased donor at the hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 15, 2017 in this picture handout obtained on December 4, 2018. Hospital das Clinicas da FMUSP/via REUTERS

A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying a Qatari communications satellite, which will provide connectivity to Qatar and neighbouring parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, from historic Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

(This story corrects to delete incorrect information that rocket carried a University of Illinois satellite)

Science & Space7 days ago

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques waves upon uniting with the rest of the crew members on the International Space Station (ISS) after its capsule hatch opened upon docking in this still image captured from NASA video in space, December 3, 2018. Courtesy NASA TV/Handout via REUTERS

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted a three-man crew into orbit on Monday, beginning the first manned voyage to the International Space Station since a mission in October was aborted in midair because of a rocket malfunction.

Science & Space11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine poses for a photographer after an interview with Reuters at NASA headquarters in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

NASA on Thursday named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that will compete for funding under the space agency's renewed long-term moon program, a private-public undertaking to develop technology that will explore the lunar surface.

Science & Space11 days ago

Scientist He Jiankui attends the International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

The Chinese government on Thursday ordered a temporary halt to research activities for people involved in the editing of human genes, after a Chinese scientist said he had edited the genes of twin babies.

Science & Space11 days ago

An illustration showing an artistic reconstruction of a mother and calf of Maiabalaena nesbittae nursing offshore of Oregon during the Oligocene, close to 33 million years ago, in this image provided by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2018.   Smithsonian Institution/Handout via REUTERS

A prehistoric 15-foot-long (4.5 meters) whale that sucked prey into its mouth represents a key missing puzzle piece concerning the evolution of today's huge filter-feeding whales, scientists said on Thursday.

Science & Space11 days ago

India fired a rocket carrying 31 satellites into space on Thursday, including its own advanced earth observation satellite among the other smaller ones launched for eight countries.

Environment11 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An NUS researcher shows an Aerogel pellet at NUS's Department of Mechanical Engineering in Singapore November 23, 2018. REUTERS/Yiming Woo

Researchers in Singapore are seeking a patent for a new sound-proof and heat-resistant material made from recycled plastic bottles they say could help reduce plastic waste dumped in oceans and clogging landfills.

Science & Space12 days ago

Amazon.com Inc's autonomous toy car, The AWS DeepRacer, one-eighteenth the size of a real race car, aimed at helping web developers try some some of their own self-driving technology, is shown in this handout photo provided November 28, 2018.     REUTERS/Amazon.com/Handout via REUTERS

Self-driving cars, meet Amazon's self-driving toys.

Science & Space12 days ago

A confocal image of a trophoblast organoid stained for cytokeratin 7, F-actin and Dapi is seen in this undated picture handed out by the University of Cambridge, Britain. Margherita Turco/University of Cambridge/Handout via REUTERS

- Scientists in Britain have succeeded in creating mini human placenta organoids which they say will transform scientific understanding of reproductive disorders such as pre-eclampsia and miscarriage.

Science & Space12 days ago

Furhat, the social robot with a back-projected face that can change its personality and talk to people, is shown at a demonstration of the technology in London, Britain November 19, 2018.  REUTERS/Stuart McDill

Furhat tilts his or her head, smiles, exudes empathy and warmth, and encourages us to open up.

Science & Space12 days ago

Scientist He Jiankui attends the International Summit on Human Genome Editing at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

A Chinese scientist at the center of an ethical storm over what he claims are the world's first genetically edited babies said on Wednesday he is proud of his work and revealed there was a second "potential" pregnancy as part of the research.

Science & Space13 days ago

Scientist He Jiankui shows "The Human Genome", a book he edited, at his company Direct Genomics in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China August 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Stringer

Chinese officials and scientists denounced on Tuesday the claims of a geneticist who said he had created the first gene-edited babies, and a hospital linked to his research suggested its ethical approval had been forged.

Science & Space13 days ago

NASA's InSight Mars lander acquired this image of the area in front of the lander using its lander-mounted, Instrument Context Camera (ICC) with the ICC image field of view of 124 x 124 degrees, on Mars, November 26, 2018.    NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

NASA's InSight spacecraft, the first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of a distant world, touched down safely on the surface of Mars on Monday with instruments to detect planetary seismic rumblings never measured anywhere but Earth.

Science & Space13 days ago

Mealworms and potato skin are seen inside a mealworm incubator, made by Livin Farms, in Hong Kong, China November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Pasta prepared with mealworms raised in your own home?

Science & Space14 days ago

The NASA Mars science probe InSight streaked into the planet's thin atmosphere on Monday and began its descent to the surface in a make-or-break landing attempt that was expected to end in a touchdown within seven minutes, mission controllers said.

Science & Space14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: NASA's InSight spacecraft, destined for the Elysium Planitia region located in Mars' northern hemisphere, undergoes final preparations at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, U.S., April 6, 2018.   REUTERS/Gene Blevins/File Photo

NASA's first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of a distant world hurtled closer to Mars on course for a planned touchdown on Monday after a six-month voyage through space.

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