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Science & Space7 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Bret Greenstein, IBM Global Vice President of Watson Internet of Things Offerings, holds a clone of an artificial intelligence bot named CIMON, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette

An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on Thursday, becoming the latest artificial intelligence-powered astronaut workmate in orbit.

Environment16 hours ago

A school of fish swim above a staghorn coral colony as it grows on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns, Australia October 25, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Some 20 miles north of New York City, a team of scientists is searching for clues about how the environment is changing by studying organisms not usually found in the woods around here: corals.

Science & Space10 hours ago

NASA's Parker Solar Probe observed a slow solar wind flowing out from the small coronal hole – the long, thin black spot seen on the left side of the sun in this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 27, 2018. Picture taken October 27, 2018.  NASA/Handout via REUTERS.

Troves of new data from a NASA probe's close encounters with the sun are giving scientists unique insight about the solar wind and space weather more generally as the spacecraft zooms through the outermost part of the star's atmosphere.

World News3 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An iceberg floats in a fjord near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 16, 2018.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain.

Environmenta day ago

Ledgers recording body size measurements, measuring tools and a Tennessee Warbler belonging to Field Museum scientist, Dave Willard, who took measurements of 70,716 bird specimens of migratory birds that died in collisions with buildings in Chicago over a period of about four decades are pictured in this photo released on December 4, 2019. Field Museum/Kate Golembiewski/ Handout via REUTERS

Since 1978, researchers have scooped up and measured tens of thousands of birds that died after crashing into buildings in Chicago during spring and fall migrations. Their work has documented what might be called the incredible shrinking bird.

Entertainment News2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A sunflower blooms in between dried-out ones during unusually hot summer weather near the village of Benken, Switzerland, August 6, 2018. Picture taken with a fisheye lens.   REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Braving perils from blood-sucking leeches to tigers and using transport as basic as elephants, scientists have journeyed like "Indiana Jones" to remote locations to collect wild cousins of crop seeds in a project to help tackle climate change.

Science & Space10 days ago

Researchers from Stanford University's Goldbogen Lab, Cascadia Research, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California Santa Cruz place a suction-cup tag on a blue whale as part of research to measure the animal's heart rate, in an undated photo taken in Monterey Bay, California, U.S., Courtesy of Goldbogen Lab/Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab/NMFS Permit 16111/Handout via REUTERS.

Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth's physiology.

Science & Space14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A flag with a company logo is seen during satellite launch company Arianespace annual news conference in Paris, France, January 9, 2018.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

Egypt will launch its first communication satellite into orbit on Friday, a move it says will improve its communications infrastructure and internet services and attract investment.

Science & Space15 days ago

Pope Francis waves as he boards the airplane to depart Fiumicino Airport to begin his apostolic visit to Thailand and Japan, in Rome, Italy, November 19, 2019. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Few aspects of life escape the touch of high tech in cutting-edge Japan, including an official song written to welcome Pope Francis when he visits Japan from Saturday.

Science & Space14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Villagers play traditional musical instruments during an event celebrating National Paddy Day, also called Asar Pandra, that marks the commencement of rice crop planting in paddy fields as monsoon season arrives, in Dhading, Nepal, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo

From love songs to dance tunes to lullabies, music made in disparate cultures worldwide displays certain universal patterns, according to a study by researchers who suggest a commonality in the way human minds create music.

Science & Space8 days ago

Researchers from Stanford University's Goldbogen Lab, Cascadia Research, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California Santa Cruz place a suction-cup tag on a blue whale as part of research to measure the animal's heart rate, in an undated photo taken in Monterey Bay, California, U.S., Courtesy of Goldbogen Lab/Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab/NMFS Permit 16111/Handout via REUTERS.

Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth's physiology.

Science & Space17 days ago

FILE PHOTO: This artist's concept envisions what hydrocarbon ice forming on a liquid hydrocarbon sea of Saturn's moon Titan might look like in this NASA image released on January 8, 2013.     REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS/Handout

Scientists on Monday unveiled the first global geological map of Saturn's moon Titan including vast plains and dunes of frozen organic material and lakes of liquid methane, illuminating an exotic world considered a strong candidate in the search for life beyond Earth.

Science & Space18 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Israeli-owned Amos-17 commercial communications satellite, lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Israel's Space Communications said on Monday its Amos-17 communication satellite, which was launched into space in August, has completed its in-orbit testing and reached its final position.

Science & Space18 days ago

Computer graphic handout image shows Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa 2 probe arriving at an asteroid in the image released by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, created March 18, 2019 and obtained by Reuters on November 18, 2019. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)/Handout via Reuters

A Japanese space probe is heading home from an asteroid 250 million km (155 million miles) from Earth after collecting sub-surface samples that could help scientists seeking the origins of life, Japan's space agency said on Monday.

Business News21 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is pictured at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition fair (LABACE) at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil August 14, 2018. Picture taken August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Boeing's multibillion dollar contract to build U.S. astronaut capsules received an "unnecessary" extension from NASA, a watchdog report said on Thursday, the latest management blunders in the agency's program to restart domestic human spaceflight.

Science & Space22 days ago

A lander for China's Mars mission is seen after a hovering-and-obstacle avoidance test at a test facility in Huailai, Hebei province, China November 14, 2019. Picture taken through a window. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.

Environment22 days ago

A fossil of a lower jaw of the large extinct ape Gigantopithecus blacki, found in Chuifeng cave in ChinaÕs Guangxi region, is seen in this photo released on November 13, 2019. Wei Wang/Handout via REUTERS.

Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans.

Science & Space23 days ago

A view of lab-made human skin, made from skin cells and collagen, at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore November 11, 2019. REUTERS/Yiming Woo

A piece of skin about the size of your thumbnail can be printed in less than a minute, scientists in Singapore say, a game-changing step for the future of non-animal testing for cosmetics and other products.

Science & Spacea month ago

Technicians work on NASA's first all-electric plane, the X-57 Maxwell,  at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, U.S., November 8, 2019.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.

Science & Spacea month ago

Twenty-one fossilized bones of the most complete partial skeleton of a male of the extinct ape species Danuvius guggenmosi, which lived about 12 million years ago in southern Germany, is seen in this photo illustration released in Tubingen, Germany on November 6, 2019.   Christoph Jaeckle via REUTERS.

Fossils unearthed in southern Germany of a remarkable ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago may dramatically alter the understanding of the evolutionary origins of a fundamental human trait - walking upright on two legs.

Science & Space7 hours ago

FILE PHOTO: Bret Greenstein, IBM Global Vice President of Watson Internet of Things Offerings, holds a clone of an artificial intelligence bot named CIMON, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette

An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on Thursday, becoming the latest artificial intelligence-powered astronaut workmate in orbit.

Environment16 hours ago

A school of fish swim above a staghorn coral colony as it grows on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns, Australia October 25, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Some 20 miles north of New York City, a team of scientists is searching for clues about how the environment is changing by studying organisms not usually found in the woods around here: corals.

Science & Space10 hours ago

NASA's Parker Solar Probe observed a slow solar wind flowing out from the small coronal hole – the long, thin black spot seen on the left side of the sun in this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on October 27, 2018. Picture taken October 27, 2018.  NASA/Handout via REUTERS.

Troves of new data from a NASA probe's close encounters with the sun are giving scientists unique insight about the solar wind and space weather more generally as the spacecraft zooms through the outermost part of the star's atmosphere.

World News3 days ago

FILE PHOTO: An iceberg floats in a fjord near Tasiilaq, Greenland, June 16, 2018.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain.

Environmenta day ago

Ledgers recording body size measurements, measuring tools and a Tennessee Warbler belonging to Field Museum scientist, Dave Willard, who took measurements of 70,716 bird specimens of migratory birds that died in collisions with buildings in Chicago over a period of about four decades are pictured in this photo released on December 4, 2019. Field Museum/Kate Golembiewski/ Handout via REUTERS

Since 1978, researchers have scooped up and measured tens of thousands of birds that died after crashing into buildings in Chicago during spring and fall migrations. Their work has documented what might be called the incredible shrinking bird.

Entertainment News2 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A sunflower blooms in between dried-out ones during unusually hot summer weather near the village of Benken, Switzerland, August 6, 2018. Picture taken with a fisheye lens.   REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Braving perils from blood-sucking leeches to tigers and using transport as basic as elephants, scientists have journeyed like "Indiana Jones" to remote locations to collect wild cousins of crop seeds in a project to help tackle climate change.

Science & Space10 days ago

Researchers from Stanford University's Goldbogen Lab, Cascadia Research, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California Santa Cruz place a suction-cup tag on a blue whale as part of research to measure the animal's heart rate, in an undated photo taken in Monterey Bay, California, U.S., Courtesy of Goldbogen Lab/Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab/NMFS Permit 16111/Handout via REUTERS.

Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth's physiology.

Science & Space14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A flag with a company logo is seen during satellite launch company Arianespace annual news conference in Paris, France, January 9, 2018.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

Egypt will launch its first communication satellite into orbit on Friday, a move it says will improve its communications infrastructure and internet services and attract investment.

Science & Space15 days ago

Pope Francis waves as he boards the airplane to depart Fiumicino Airport to begin his apostolic visit to Thailand and Japan, in Rome, Italy, November 19, 2019. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Few aspects of life escape the touch of high tech in cutting-edge Japan, including an official song written to welcome Pope Francis when he visits Japan from Saturday.

Science & Space14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Villagers play traditional musical instruments during an event celebrating National Paddy Day, also called Asar Pandra, that marks the commencement of rice crop planting in paddy fields as monsoon season arrives, in Dhading, Nepal, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo

From love songs to dance tunes to lullabies, music made in disparate cultures worldwide displays certain universal patterns, according to a study by researchers who suggest a commonality in the way human minds create music.

Science & Space8 days ago

Researchers from Stanford University's Goldbogen Lab, Cascadia Research, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California Santa Cruz place a suction-cup tag on a blue whale as part of research to measure the animal's heart rate, in an undated photo taken in Monterey Bay, California, U.S., Courtesy of Goldbogen Lab/Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab/NMFS Permit 16111/Handout via REUTERS.

Using a bright orange electrocardiogram machine attached with suction cups to the body of a blue whale, scientists for the first time have measured the heart rate of the world's largest creature and came away with insight about the renowned behemoth's physiology.

Science & Space17 days ago

FILE PHOTO: This artist's concept envisions what hydrocarbon ice forming on a liquid hydrocarbon sea of Saturn's moon Titan might look like in this NASA image released on January 8, 2013.     REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS/Handout

Scientists on Monday unveiled the first global geological map of Saturn's moon Titan including vast plains and dunes of frozen organic material and lakes of liquid methane, illuminating an exotic world considered a strong candidate in the search for life beyond Earth.

Science & Space18 days ago

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Israeli-owned Amos-17 commercial communications satellite, lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Israel's Space Communications said on Monday its Amos-17 communication satellite, which was launched into space in August, has completed its in-orbit testing and reached its final position.

Science & Space18 days ago

Computer graphic handout image shows Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa 2 probe arriving at an asteroid in the image released by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, created March 18, 2019 and obtained by Reuters on November 18, 2019. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)/Handout via Reuters

A Japanese space probe is heading home from an asteroid 250 million km (155 million miles) from Earth after collecting sub-surface samples that could help scientists seeking the origins of life, Japan's space agency said on Monday.

Business News21 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is pictured at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition fair (LABACE) at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil August 14, 2018. Picture taken August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Boeing's multibillion dollar contract to build U.S. astronaut capsules received an "unnecessary" extension from NASA, a watchdog report said on Thursday, the latest management blunders in the agency's program to restart domestic human spaceflight.

Science & Space22 days ago

A lander for China's Mars mission is seen after a hovering-and-obstacle avoidance test at a test facility in Huailai, Hebei province, China November 14, 2019. Picture taken through a window. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.

Environment22 days ago

A fossil of a lower jaw of the large extinct ape Gigantopithecus blacki, found in Chuifeng cave in ChinaÕs Guangxi region, is seen in this photo released on November 13, 2019. Wei Wang/Handout via REUTERS.

Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans.

Science & Space23 days ago

A view of lab-made human skin, made from skin cells and collagen, at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore November 11, 2019. REUTERS/Yiming Woo

A piece of skin about the size of your thumbnail can be printed in less than a minute, scientists in Singapore say, a game-changing step for the future of non-animal testing for cosmetics and other products.

Science & Spacea month ago

Technicians work on NASA's first all-electric plane, the X-57 Maxwell,  at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, U.S., November 8, 2019.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.

Science & Spacea month ago

Twenty-one fossilized bones of the most complete partial skeleton of a male of the extinct ape species Danuvius guggenmosi, which lived about 12 million years ago in southern Germany, is seen in this photo illustration released in Tubingen, Germany on November 6, 2019.   Christoph Jaeckle via REUTERS.

Fossils unearthed in southern Germany of a remarkable ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago may dramatically alter the understanding of the evolutionary origins of a fundamental human trait - walking upright on two legs.

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