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Eighth time lucky: NASA launches super balloon to collect near space data

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:48:15 -0400

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A stadium-sized pressure balloon launched by NASA in New Zealand began collecting data in near space on Wednesday, beginning a 100-day planned journey after several launch attempts were thwarted by storms and cyclones.(image)

Trump talks about Mars mission on call with record-breaking astronaut

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:40:16 -0400

(Reuters) - U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the 534-day U.S. record for cumulative time in space on Monday and marked the occasion by speaking with President Donald Trump about plans for human trips to Mars.(image)

U.S. spacecraft to take slingshot dive inside Saturn’s rings

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:20:10 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA's Cassini spacecraft soared past Saturn's biggest moon for the last time on Saturday, tapping its gravity to slingshot into a series of exploratory dives inside the planet's rings, followed by a final fatal plunge into the gas giant.(image)

China's first cargo spacecraft docks with orbiting space lab

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:24:55 -0400

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's first cargo spacecraft docked successfully with the Tiangong-2 space lab on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, marking a major step toward Beijing's goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.(image)

'Genius' TV series shows drama of Albert Einstein's life

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:06:55 -0400

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Philosopher, humanitarian and physicist Albert Einstein is the subject of new TV series "Genius," which delves into the drama and passion of the man who developed the theory of relativity and helped initiate the U.S. effort to build an atomic bomb.(image)

Elon Musk on mission to link human brains with computers in four years: report

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:49:45 -0400

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink Corp is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.(image)

Robots, chefs hope to bring invasive lion fish to restaurants near you

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:14:35 -0400

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As it turns out, some of the best cooks in the world think lionfish, a venomous predatory fish which is breeding out of control and destroying marine ecosystems in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is delicious.(image)

China launches first cargo spacecraft as part of space station goal

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:51:13 -0400

BEIJING (Reuters) - China launched its first cargo spacecraft on Thursday, taking another step towards its goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by 2022.(image)

U.S.-Russian crew reaches space station with 'awesomeness'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:20:34 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A two-man U.S.-Russian crew floated into the International Space Station on Thursday, hours after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a NASA TV broadcast showed.(image)

Wily bald underground critter uses plant-like survival strategy

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:02:10 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They are homely, buck-toothed, pink, nearly hairless and just plain weird, but one of the many odd traits of rodents called naked mole-rats that live in subterranean bliss in the deserts of East Africa could someday be of great benefit to people.(image)