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Musk touts approval of New York-Washington 'hyperloop'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:57:51 -0400

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received "verbal" approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour.(image)

Neil Armstrong's moon bag sells for $1.8 million at auction

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:06:27 -0400

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bag used by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon dust back to Earth was sold to an anonymous bidder for $1.8 million at an auction in New York on Thursday marking the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing.(image)

Outback axes suggest humans reached Australia 18,000 years earlier than thought

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:13:32 -0400

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Axheads and grinding stones from a cave in Australia's far north suggest humans arrived on the continent about 65,000 years ago, or 18,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to research published on Thursday.(image)

MH370 search data unveils fishing hot spots, ancient geological movements

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:35:41 -0400

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth's southern continents.(image)

Fearsome T-rex was a plodder not a sprinter, researchers say

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:45:25 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Line up Usain Bolt at the starting blocks with a Tyrannosaurus rex and the dinosaur would be left behind in the sprinter's dust, according to computer-assisted research that turns long-held assumptions on their head.(image)

Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:25:41 -0400

(This July 12 story corrects name of vessel in eighth paragraph and year it sank)(image)

Farewell Dippy the dinosaur - London museum installs whale skeleton

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:41:10 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - London's Natural History Museum has installed a four-and-a-half-tonne blue whale skeleton to tower over the heads of visitors, replacing the remains of a much-loved diplodocus known as Dippy.(image)

NASA probe grazes Jupiter's clouds in brush with Great Red Spot

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:44:51 -0400

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter began transmitting data and images on Tuesday from humanity's closest brush with the Great Red Spot, a flyby of the colossal, crimson storm that has fascinated Earthbound observers for hundreds of years.(image)

Artist to debut 3D portraits produced from Chelsea Manning's DNA

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:32:16 -0400

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Around thirty three-dimensional portraits of Chelsea Manning, created using the DNA of the transgender U.S. Army soldier imprisoned for leaking classified data, will greet visitors at eye-level at an exhibition opening in New York City next month.(image)

High-speed Hyperloop project ready for key test in Nevada

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:03:29 -0400

(Reuters) - Engineers will soon conduct a crucial test of a futuristic technology championed by entrepreneur Elon Musk that seeks to revolutionize transportation by sending passengers and cargo packed into pods through an intercity system of vacuum tubes.(image)