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Earliest Homo sapiens exhibited unexpected sophistication

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:30:21 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On a grassy African landscape, some of the earliest members of our species, Homo sapiens, engaged in surprisingly sophisticated behaviors including using color pigments, creating advanced tools and trading for resources with other groups of people.(image)

China to offer commercial recoverable satellites in next two years: Xinhua

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:22:31 -0400

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China plans to begin offering recoverable satellites to commercial users between 2019 and 2020, the official state news agency Xinhua reported.(image)

Mystery dinosaur skeleton to be auctioned in Paris

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:01:24 -0400

LYON, France (Reuters) - The fossilized skeleton of an unidentified type of dinosaur is set to be auctioned in Paris in June, and could fetch up to 1.8 million euros ($2.22 million), auctioneers said.(image)

Stephen Hawking, who unlocked the secrets of space and time, dies at 76

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:39:22 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain the origins of the universe, the mysteries of black holes and the nature of time itself, died on Wednesday aged 76.(image)

Celebrated dino-bird Archaeopteryx could fly, but not very well

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:32:49 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It may not have been a champion aviator, but the famous dino-bird Archaeopteryx was fully capable of flying despite key skeletal differences from its modern cousins, though not exactly gracefully, according to a new study. Think Wright Brothers, not F-22 fighter jet.(image)

Stone Age people in South Africa unharmed by supervolcano eruption

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:37:10 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A supervolcano eruption about 74,000 years ago on Indonesia's island of Sumatra caused a large-scale environmental calamity that may have decimated Stone Age human populations in parts of the world. But some populations, it seems, endured it unscathed.(image)

Eni backs U.S. nuclear fusion firm formed by ex-MIT researchers

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:33:45 -0500

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian energy company Eni will conduct research with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and invest in a company created by former MIT scientists to produce energy from nuclear fusion.(image)

NASA's Juno spacecraft strips Jupiter down to its underwear

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:02:51 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The interior of Jupiter is just as intriguing as the planet's dazzling surface, with a swirling mixture of liquid hydrogen and helium at its center, vast atmospheric jet streams and exotic gravitational properties, scientists said on Wednesday.(image)

U.S. space companies aim to help Brazil rocket base lift off

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:46:13 -0500

BRASILIA (Reuters) - U.S. companies eager to tap into the fast-growing market for low-cost satellite launches could become the first customers when Brazil's Alcantara space center near the equator opens as a commercial spaceport, executives and Brazilian officials said.(image)

European satellite launches to go ahead after Ariane 5 snafu

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 05:41:09 -0500

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Planned satellite launches using Europe's heavy lifter Ariane 5 rocket can go ahead this month thanks to steps being taken following a problem with a launch earlier this year, the European Space Agency said on Friday.(image)