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Boeing invests in autonomous flight tech provider Near Earth Autonomy

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:12:47 -0400

(Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Thursday it invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based firm that develops technologies enabling autonomous flight such as drones.(image)



SpaceX, Spacecom to launch new satellites after explosion last year

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:01:26 -0400

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Space Communications has signed a deal with Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch two communication satellites into orbit, after a prior attempt ended in disaster.(image)



Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:53:52 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cetaceans -- whales and dolphins -- are among the brainiest of beings. In terms of sheer brain size, the sperm whale is tops on Earth, with a brain six times larger than that of a person.(image)



Thunder and lightning: scientists pair gravitational waves, light

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:18:10 -0400

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time paired the detection of gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, with light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday.(image)



Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:01:33 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people.(image)



Europe launches sixth Sentinel Earth observation satellite

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:18:33 -0400

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe launched the sixth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites on Friday as part of the multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to monitor volcanic ash and ultraviolet radiation.(image)



Earthlings test warning system as asteroid flies by

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:10:40 -0400

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - An asteroid the size of a school bus flew remarkably near Earth on Thursday, providing scientists with an opportunity to test the warning systems that would kick in if a space collision was coming.(image)



Japan launches fourth satellite for high-precision GPS

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 04:12:05 -0400

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday launched a fourth satellite for a new high-precision global positioning system (GPS) it hopes will encourage new businesses and help spur economic growth.(image)



Pope to get closer to heavens with call to space station

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:37:06 -0400

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will get closer to the heavens this month when he puts in a call to the International Space Station.(image)



What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:20:04 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have answered one of nature’s most pungent questions: what gives the world’s smelliest fruit its distinctive aroma.(image)