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European Mars mission funding approved even after test lander's crash

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:05:03 -0500

LUCERNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test lander that was part of the program crashed in October, ESA said on Friday.(image)

U.S. patent agency to weigh rival claims on gene-editing technology

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:58:47 -0500

(Reuters) - The U.S. patent agency on Tuesday will hear arguments in a heated dispute over who was first to invent a revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.(image)

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin recovering well after Antarctic evacuation

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:40:21 -0500

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Former U.S. astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos on Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness.(image)

Russian cargo ship destroyed after launch for Space Station

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:28:54 -0500

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An unmanned Russian cargo ship loaded with more than 2-1/2 tons of food and supplies for the International Space Station broke apart about six minutes after liftoff on Thursday, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement.(image)

Facebook developing artificial intelligence to flag offensive live videos

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:07:46 -0500

MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning.(image)

SpaceX aims for December 16 return to flight, customer Iridium says

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:59:09 -0500

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX hopes to return its Falcon 9 rocket to flight on Dec. 16, said Iridium Communications Inc, which plans to have 10 of its satellites on board for launching.(image)

Human ancestor 'Lucy' adept at tree climbing as well as walking

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:33:45 -0500

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Scientists using sophisticated scanning technology on the fossil bones of the ancient human ancestor from Ethiopia dubbed "Lucy" have determined that she was adept at climbing trees as well as walking, an ability that in her case may have proven fatal.(image)

Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:27:05 -0500

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Warm seas around Australia's Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday.(image)

Czech scientists develop human lung model to aid treatments

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:27:41 -0500

BRNO, Czech Republic (Reuters) - Czech scientists have developed a model of a functioning human lung that can be used to simulate problems like asthma or other chronic diseases and their treatments.(image)

Destination Moon? Belgium joins the space race

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:03:16 -0500

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin helped popularize the 1950s Space Race with his iconic cartoon rocket; seven decades on from the boy reporter's "Destination Moon", his country is finally getting its own version of NASA.(image)