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Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:32:14 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.(image)

Three-man crew returns from space station - NASA TV

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:50:42 -0500

(Reuters) - A capsule carrying U.S., Russian and Italian astronauts from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, a NASA TV live broadcast showed.(image)

Waddling into history: huge ancient penguin inhabited New Zealand

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:39:23 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unearthed in New Zealand fossil bones of what might be the heavyweight champion of the penguin world, a bird nearly 6 feet tall (1.77 meters) that thrived 55 to 60 million years ago, relatively soon after the demise of the dinosaurs.(image)

Amber discovery shows 'Dracula' sucked blood of feathered dinosaurs

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:39:58 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ticks, the notorious disease-spreading parasites, have been making life miserable far longer than human beings have walked the Earth. Even dinosaurs felt their blood-sucking wrath.(image)

Europe moves closer to own satnav system with latest Galileo launch

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:13:39 -0500

BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe launched four more Galileo satellites on Tuesday, taking the number in orbit to 22 and moving a step closer to having its own navigation system, lessening its dependence on the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS.(image)

Colossal distant black hole holds surprises about early universe

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:59:44 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The oldest and most distant black hole ever observed -- a celestial brute 800 million times more massive than the sun -- is providing scientists some surprises about the nature of the universe when, on a cosmic scale, it was a mere toddler.(image)

Oddball dinosaur was 'mixture between a Velociraptor and a goose'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:07:59 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strange turkey-sized, bird-like dinosaur that boasted a swan's neck, arms resembling flippers, long legs and a mouth full of needle-like teeth staked out a unique amphibious lifestyle in rivers and lakes about 75 million years ago in Mongolia.(image)

Rats join mosquitoes as targets for 'gene drive' pest control

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:02:50 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - Rodents have joined mosquitoes in the cross-hairs of scientists working on a next-generation genetic technology known as "gene drive" to control pests.(image)

Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 04:57:46 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday said.(image)

Singapore researchers' underwater robot inspired by manta ray

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:59:04 -0500

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Researchers in Singapore have built an underwater robot that looks and swims like a manta ray, using only single motors and flexible fins to propel it through water in a manner uncannily like its biological cousin.(image)