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SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Wednesday on SpaceX’s first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch. FILE PHOTO: NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S., […]

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In Florida, all systems go for SpaceX’s launch of space telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX said all systems and weather were “go” for blast-off on Wednesday of its first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch. FILE PHOTO: NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force […]

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Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) – 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. Bill Gates, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Charles […]

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More than 100 parts for NASA’s Orion capsule to be 3D printed

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – 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. FILE PHOTO: A test version of the Orion crew module is shown following testing and recovery procedures with […]

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Gerst aims to be ‘nice boss’ as first German ISS commander

COLOGNE (Reuters) – 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. 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 […]

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GE rides gene therapy wave with ready-made viral drug factories

LONDON (Reuters) – 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. 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 […]

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Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution

(Refiles this April 16 story to fix affiliation in 10th paragraph.) (Reuters) – Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET – a form of plastic patented in the […]

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Rocket-control glitch delays launch of NASA’s planet-hunting satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (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. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is […]

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SpaceX delays launch of Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA’s planet-hunting satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (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. FILE PHOTO: TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this photo obtained by Reuters on March 28, […]

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Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution – scientists

(Reuters) – Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET – a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles. […]

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NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft set for launch in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A new NASA satellite designed to detect more Earth-like worlds around stars beyond our solar system is due for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket from Florida on Monday, on a quest to expand the known inventory of so-called exoplanets that might harbor life. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is […]

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Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize ‘Gundam’ dream

SHINTO, Japan (Reuters) – 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. Sakakibara Kikai’s engineer Go Sakakibara poses with the bipedal robot […]

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SpaceX looks to raise $507 million in a new funding round: filing

(Reuters) – 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. FILE PHOTO: An exterior of the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni New articles of incorporation filed by the company last […]

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3D-printed public housing unveiled in France

NANTES, France (Reuters) – 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. Academics at the University of Nantes who led the project said it was the first house built in […]

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Fossil Homo sapiens finger from Saudi desert is 90,000 years old

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fossil finger bone dating back about 90,000 years that was unearthed in Saudi Arabia’s Nefud Desert is pointing to what scientists are calling a new understanding of how our species came out of Africa en route to colonizing the world. The single fossil finger bone of Homo sapiens – pictured from […]

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Scientists hope harpoons can skewer space junk crisis

STEVENAGE, England (Reuters) – A European satellite launched this week to try out ways of tackling the growing amount of garbage in space will use technology as familiar to the ancient Romans as astronauts – nets and harpoons. A small harpoon system, identical to the one in space now on the RemoveDebris satellite, is seen […]

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Virgin Galactic tests rocket ship, three years after fatal accident

(Reuters) – Richard Branson’s company Virgin Galactic conducted a supersonic test flight over the Sierra Nevada mountains of its SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship on Thursday, the company said, three years after a fatal accident on an earlier version of the ship. At about 8 a.m. local time, The VMS Eve carrier plane took off from […]

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At the center of our galaxy, there’s a black hole party

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Black holes are hanging out at the center of our galaxy by the thousands, according to scientists who have detected a bunch of them in the neighborhood of a supermassive black hole already known to reside at the heart of the Milky Way. Twelve black hole low-mass binaries orbiting Sgr A* at […]

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Arctic jazz: bowhead whales have amazingly diverse songbook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bowhead whales, the black filter-feeding giants of the Arctic that can live for 200 years devouring tons of tiny marine creatures, boast another remarkable quality. Their unique underwater songs make them wonderful “jazz” artists. A bowhead whale surfaces in Fram Strait, to the northwest of Norway in this undated image released on […]

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Developing nations to study ways to dim sunshine, slow warming

OSLO (Reuters) – Scientists in developing nations plan to step up research into dimming sunshine to curb climate change, hoping to judge if a man-made chemical sunshade would be less risky than a harmful rise in global temperatures. FILE PHOTO: A passenger jet flies past the setting sun in Shanghai March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song/File […]