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Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found in chunk of amber

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:39:49 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving scientists unique insight into feathered dinosaurs that prospered during the Cretaceous Period.(image)

Japanese cargo ship blasts off for space station

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:04:21 -0500

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An unmanned H-2B rocket blasted off from Tanegashima island in southern Japan on Friday to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed.(image)

In fossil rarity, tumor found in 255-million-year-old beast

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:02:02 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists examining the jawbone of a saber-toothed, mammal-like beast that prowled Tanzania 255 million years ago have come across a remarkable fossil rarity: one of the oldest-known tumors.(image)

Inmarsat switches to Arianespace for satellite launch after SpaceX delays

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:14:55 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - British satellite company Inmarsat will switch to using Arianespace from rival SpaceX to launch a new satellite to provide broadband connectivity to air passengers, it said on Thursday.(image)

John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:06:37 -0500

(Reuters) - John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95.(image)

Musk's SpaceX says rockets to remain grounded until January

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:43:35 -0500

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – - Elon Musk's SpaceX has been forced to delay the return of its rockets to flight until January as an investigation continues into a launch pad explosion earlier this year, the tech billionaire' s company said on Wednesday.(image)

Little African primate's talents inspire leaping robot

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:45:30 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Inspired by the remarkable jumping ability of an African primate called a galago, scientists have fashioned a small robot with unique leaping capabilities they hope can someday be used in tricky search-and-rescue situations.(image)

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

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:16:12 -0500

(Corrects company name to Editas Medicine from Editas Pharmaceuticals in paragraph 15)(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)