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Politics13 hours ago

U.S. President Donald Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison chat during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 20, 2019.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Australia will invest A$150 million ($101 million) in its companies and technology to help U.S. President Donald Trump's bid for a moon landing by 2024 and subsequent U.S. missions to Mars, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said over the weekend.

Science & Space2 days ago

Dust blows through the desert as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51, a secretive U.S. military base believed by UFO enthusiasts to hold government secrets about extra-terrestrials, is expected in Rachel, Nevada, U.S. September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Scores of UFO enthusiasts converged on rural Nevada on Thursday for a pilgrimage of sorts to the U.S. installation known as Area 51, long rumored to house government secrets about alien life, as law enforcement officials beefed up security around the military base.

Environment21 hours ago

People board the Arctic research expedition ship RV Polarstern in Breivika harbour in Tromso, Norway, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Scientists from 19 countries are preparing to embark on a year-long expedition to the Arctic, the longest project of its kind, to better understand global climate change.

Science & Space3 days ago

The artistic rendering of the head and face of a 13-year-old girl from the the prehistoric human species, Denisovan, based on technology developed by Hebrew University professor Liran Carmel and his team, is revealed at a news conference in Jerusalem September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Researchers in Israel say they have reconstructed the skeleton of a pre-historic human from a long-extinct and elusive species using DNA found in the pinky bone of a 13-year-old girl who died 70,000 years ago.

Environment3 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A Red-bellied Woodpecker perches on a suet feeder during a winter storm in the village of Nyack, New York, January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970 and a net loss of about 2.9 billion birds, scientists said on Thursday.

Science & Space4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: This illustration shows a giant asteroid collision between Mars and Jupiter that occurred 466 million years ago and produced the dust that led to an ice age on Earth. Don Davis/Southwest Research Institute/Handout via REUTERS

The cataclysmic asteroid impact off Mexico's coast that doomed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was not the only time an astronomical event shaped the history of life on Earth.

Science & Space9 days ago

Comet C/2019 Q4 is imaged by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii's Big Island September 10, 2019. NASA/JPL/Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/Handout via REUTERS

A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside the solar system, a likely prospect that would make it the second such interstellar object observed in our planetary neighborhood.

Science & Space4 days ago

The new U.S. Space Command is working with allies in the “wild, wild west” of space and will harden future satellite networks against attacks, the unit’s top general said, as the Trump administration reorganizes its military space bureaucracy.

Entertainment News6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The 76th Venice Film Festival - Screening of the film "Ad Astra" in competition - Red Carpet Arrivals - Venice, Italy, August 29, 2019 - Actor Brad Pitt poses. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Brad Pitt traded laughs on Monday in a call to the International Space Station with a NASA astronaut, who somersaulted during the zero-gravity interview ahead of this week's release of the actor's new film, the space thriller "Ad Astra."

Science & Space10 days ago

An artist's impression released by NASA on September 11, 2019 shows the planet K2-18b, its host star and an accompanying planet. Courtesy ESA/Hubble/M. Kornmesser/NASA Handout via REUTERS

Scientists for the first time have detected water in the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet orbiting a distant star, evidence that a key ingredient for life exists beyond our solar system, according to a study published on Wednesday.

World News11 days ago

Japan said it halted a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday because of a launch pad fire that grounded the rocket.

World News12 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Student walk past a screen during a live streaming of Chandrayaan-2 landing at an educational institute in Mumbai, India, September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

India has located the spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon but has not been able to establish communication with it yet, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Tuesday.

World News15 days ago

Student walk past a screen during a live streaming of Chandrayaan-2 landing at an educational institute in Mumbai, India, September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

India lost contact with a spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon on Saturday, its space agency said, in a setback for the nation's ambitious plans to become the first country to probe the unexplored lunar south pole.

Science & Space16 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Urquhart Castle stands on the banks of Loch Ness near Inverness, Scotland, Britain March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne -/File Photo

Scotland's fabled Loch Ness monster could possibly be a giant eel, scientists said on Thursday after an intensive analysis of traces of DNA in the Loch's icy waters.

Science & Space23 days ago

FILE PHOTO: People dance during the Youth Pride event as part of World Pride and Stonewall anniversary in New York, U.S., June 29, 2019.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

A large scientific study into the biological basis of sexual behavior has confirmed there is no single "gay gene" but that a complex mix of genetics and environment affects whether a person has same-sex sexual partners.

Environment24 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A mobile launcher platform for the Space Launch System rocket is seen inside the Vehicle Assembly Building during a NASA "Apollo - Then and Now" event at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper

As Hurricane Dorian advances on a course likely to slam the Florida peninsula within days, U.S. space agencies and aerospace companies are sheltering millions of dollars in hardware and assets along the Space Coast.

Science & Space24 days ago

A satellite image shows what U.S. officials say is the failed Iranian rocket launch at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran August 29, 2019. Mandatory credit Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

An Iranian rocket exploded on its launch pad at Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran before its scheduled launch on Thursday, an Iranian official said.

Science & Space24 days ago

Excavation work by scientists at the Cooper's Ferry archaeological site located along the Salmon River in western Idaho is shown in this image released August 29, 2019. Loren Davis/Oregon State University/Handout via REUTERS

Artifacts including stone tools and animal bone fragments found in Idaho dating back about 16,600 years represent what may be the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas and offer insight into the routes people took as they spread into the New World.

Science & Space25 days ago

A facial reconstruction by John Gurche of the species Australopithecus anamensis, based on a nearly complete cranium fossil discovered in 2016 in Ethiopia, is seen in this photo released on August 28, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., Matt Crow/Cleveland Museum of Natural History/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists on Wednesday announced the landmark discovery in Ethiopia of a nearly complete skull of an early human ancestor that lived 3.8 million years ago, a species boasting an intriguing mixture of apelike and humanlike characteristics.

Science & Space25 days ago

SpaceX's Mars Starship prototype "Starhopper" hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2019.  REUTERS/Trevor Mahlmann

SpaceX test-launched an early prototype of the company's Mars rocket on Tuesday, unnerving residents near the Texas site and clearing another key hurdle in billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's interplanetary ambitions.

Politics13 hours ago

U.S. President Donald Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison chat during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 20, 2019.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Australia will invest A$150 million ($101 million) in its companies and technology to help U.S. President Donald Trump's bid for a moon landing by 2024 and subsequent U.S. missions to Mars, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said over the weekend.

Science & Space2 days ago

Dust blows through the desert as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51, a secretive U.S. military base believed by UFO enthusiasts to hold government secrets about extra-terrestrials, is expected in Rachel, Nevada, U.S. September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Scores of UFO enthusiasts converged on rural Nevada on Thursday for a pilgrimage of sorts to the U.S. installation known as Area 51, long rumored to house government secrets about alien life, as law enforcement officials beefed up security around the military base.

Environment21 hours ago

People board the Arctic research expedition ship RV Polarstern in Breivika harbour in Tromso, Norway, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Scientists from 19 countries are preparing to embark on a year-long expedition to the Arctic, the longest project of its kind, to better understand global climate change.

Science & Space3 days ago

The artistic rendering of the head and face of a 13-year-old girl from the the prehistoric human species, Denisovan, based on technology developed by Hebrew University professor Liran Carmel and his team, is revealed at a news conference in Jerusalem September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Researchers in Israel say they have reconstructed the skeleton of a pre-historic human from a long-extinct and elusive species using DNA found in the pinky bone of a 13-year-old girl who died 70,000 years ago.

Environment3 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A Red-bellied Woodpecker perches on a suet feeder during a winter storm in the village of Nyack, New York, January 21, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970 and a net loss of about 2.9 billion birds, scientists said on Thursday.

Science & Space4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: This illustration shows a giant asteroid collision between Mars and Jupiter that occurred 466 million years ago and produced the dust that led to an ice age on Earth. Don Davis/Southwest Research Institute/Handout via REUTERS

The cataclysmic asteroid impact off Mexico's coast that doomed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was not the only time an astronomical event shaped the history of life on Earth.

Science & Space9 days ago

Comet C/2019 Q4 is imaged by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii's Big Island September 10, 2019. NASA/JPL/Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/Handout via REUTERS

A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside the solar system, a likely prospect that would make it the second such interstellar object observed in our planetary neighborhood.

Science & Space4 days ago

The new U.S. Space Command is working with allies in the “wild, wild west” of space and will harden future satellite networks against attacks, the unit’s top general said, as the Trump administration reorganizes its military space bureaucracy.

Entertainment News6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The 76th Venice Film Festival - Screening of the film "Ad Astra" in competition - Red Carpet Arrivals - Venice, Italy, August 29, 2019 - Actor Brad Pitt poses. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Brad Pitt traded laughs on Monday in a call to the International Space Station with a NASA astronaut, who somersaulted during the zero-gravity interview ahead of this week's release of the actor's new film, the space thriller "Ad Astra."

Science & Space10 days ago

An artist's impression released by NASA on September 11, 2019 shows the planet K2-18b, its host star and an accompanying planet. Courtesy ESA/Hubble/M. Kornmesser/NASA Handout via REUTERS

Scientists for the first time have detected water in the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet orbiting a distant star, evidence that a key ingredient for life exists beyond our solar system, according to a study published on Wednesday.

World News11 days ago

Japan said it halted a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday because of a launch pad fire that grounded the rocket.

World News12 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Student walk past a screen during a live streaming of Chandrayaan-2 landing at an educational institute in Mumbai, India, September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo

India has located the spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon but has not been able to establish communication with it yet, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Tuesday.

World News15 days ago

Student walk past a screen during a live streaming of Chandrayaan-2 landing at an educational institute in Mumbai, India, September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

India lost contact with a spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon on Saturday, its space agency said, in a setback for the nation's ambitious plans to become the first country to probe the unexplored lunar south pole.

Science & Space16 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Urquhart Castle stands on the banks of Loch Ness near Inverness, Scotland, Britain March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne -/File Photo

Scotland's fabled Loch Ness monster could possibly be a giant eel, scientists said on Thursday after an intensive analysis of traces of DNA in the Loch's icy waters.

Science & Space23 days ago

FILE PHOTO: People dance during the Youth Pride event as part of World Pride and Stonewall anniversary in New York, U.S., June 29, 2019.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

A large scientific study into the biological basis of sexual behavior has confirmed there is no single "gay gene" but that a complex mix of genetics and environment affects whether a person has same-sex sexual partners.

Environment24 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A mobile launcher platform for the Space Launch System rocket is seen inside the Vehicle Assembly Building during a NASA "Apollo - Then and Now" event at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper

As Hurricane Dorian advances on a course likely to slam the Florida peninsula within days, U.S. space agencies and aerospace companies are sheltering millions of dollars in hardware and assets along the Space Coast.

Science & Space24 days ago

A satellite image shows what U.S. officials say is the failed Iranian rocket launch at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran August 29, 2019. Mandatory credit Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

An Iranian rocket exploded on its launch pad at Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran before its scheduled launch on Thursday, an Iranian official said.

Science & Space24 days ago

Excavation work by scientists at the Cooper's Ferry archaeological site located along the Salmon River in western Idaho is shown in this image released August 29, 2019. Loren Davis/Oregon State University/Handout via REUTERS

Artifacts including stone tools and animal bone fragments found in Idaho dating back about 16,600 years represent what may be the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas and offer insight into the routes people took as they spread into the New World.

Science & Space25 days ago

A facial reconstruction by John Gurche of the species Australopithecus anamensis, based on a nearly complete cranium fossil discovered in 2016 in Ethiopia, is seen in this photo released on August 28, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., Matt Crow/Cleveland Museum of Natural History/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists on Wednesday announced the landmark discovery in Ethiopia of a nearly complete skull of an early human ancestor that lived 3.8 million years ago, a species boasting an intriguing mixture of apelike and humanlike characteristics.

Science & Space25 days ago

SpaceX's Mars Starship prototype "Starhopper" hovers over its launchpad during a test flight in Boca Chica, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2019.  REUTERS/Trevor Mahlmann

SpaceX test-launched an early prototype of the company's Mars rocket on Tuesday, unnerving residents near the Texas site and clearing another key hurdle in billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's interplanetary ambitions.

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