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Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder across United States

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:24:47 -0400

CHARLESTON, S.C./SHERIDAN, Oregon (Reuters) - As millions of awestruck Americans cast their gaze skyward on Monday at the extraordinary sight of a total solar eclipse, one Connecticut man had his eyes set firmly on a different prize.(image)

Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:30:22 -0400

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Saturday launched an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said.(image)

Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:29:19 -0400

HOUSTON (Reuters) - As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era.(image)

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:09:51 -0400

(Reuters) - When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere.(image)

Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:05:39 -0400

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel - wood.(image)

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind's remote past

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 02:53:34 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.(image)

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:39:10 -0400

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Saturday postponed the planned launch of an H-2A rocket tasked to put a geo-positioning satellite into orbit due to possible helium gas leakage, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said.(image)

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:57:00 -0400

(Reuters) - Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday.(image)

Chinese quantum satellite sends 'unbreakable' code

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:15:17 -0400

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday.(image)

Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:32:24 -0400

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Next week's solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun.(image)