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SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:23:33 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life.(image)

Igor the Siberian tiger gets stem-cell hip treatment in Hungary

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:16:35 -0400

SZEGED, Hungary (Reuters) - Igor, a Siberian tiger in a Hungarian zoo, received stem-cell joint treatment on Wednesday which doctors hoped would help heal its hip and allow it to live happily, on less medicine.(image)

Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:37:42 -0400

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture.(image)

Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:43:08 -0400

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.(image)

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

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:43:53 -0400

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.(image)

Gerst aims to be 'nice boss' as first German ISS commander

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:20:31 -0400

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.(image)

Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:17:52 -0400

(Refiles this April 16 story to fix affiliation in 10th paragraph.)(image)

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

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:03:55 -0400

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.(image)

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

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:46:16 -0400

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.(image)

Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize 'Gundam' dream

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:32:01 -0400

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.(image)