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Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon: White House

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:07:53 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.(image)

Colossal distant black hole holds surprises about early universe

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:59:44 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The oldest and most distant black hole ever observed -- a celestial brute 800 million times more massive than the sun -- is providing scientists some surprises about the nature of the universe when, on a cosmic scale, it was a mere toddler.(image)

Oddball dinosaur was 'mixture between a Velociraptor and a goose'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:07:59 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strange turkey-sized, bird-like dinosaur that boasted a swan's neck, arms resembling flippers, long legs and a mouth full of needle-like teeth staked out a unique amphibious lifestyle in rivers and lakes about 75 million years ago in Mongolia.(image)

Rats join mosquitoes as targets for 'gene drive' pest control

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:02:50 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - Rodents have joined mosquitoes in the cross-hairs of scientists working on a next-generation genetic technology known as "gene drive" to control pests.(image)

Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 04:57:46 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday said.(image)

Singapore researchers' underwater robot inspired by manta ray

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:59:04 -0500

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Researchers in Singapore have built an underwater robot that looks and swims like a manta ray, using only single motors and flexible fins to propel it through water in a manner uncannily like its biological cousin.(image)

Dazzling egg fossils crack open secrets of ancient flying reptiles

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:26:51 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A dazzling discovery in northwestern China of hundreds of fossilized pterosaur eggs is providing fresh understanding of these flying reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs including evidence that their babies were born flightless and needed parental care.(image)

U.S. scientists take step toward creating artificial life

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:44:12 -0500

CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a major step toward creating artificial life, U.S. researchers have developed a living organism that incorporates both natural and artificial DNA and is capable of creating entirely new, synthetic proteins.(image)

Russia says cannot make contact with new space satellite

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:29:09 -0500

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME, Russia (Reuters) - Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday it had failed to establish contact with a newly-launched weather satellite.(image)

Walking the dog? Motion monitor to aid actors playing pooches

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:25:01 -0500

BATH, England (Reuters) - From a poodle's strut to a basset hound's lolloping gait, scientists plan to capture the movements of different breeds to make on-screen animated dogs played by humans more authentic.(image)