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Failed computer replaced during U.S. astronauts' spacewalk

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:08:46 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two U.S. astronauts completed a hastily planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to replace a computer that failed on Saturday, NASA said.(image)



Google AI beats Chinese master in ancient game of Go

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:35:57 -0400

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Google artificial intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go on Tuesday, a major feather in the cap for the firm's AI ambitions as it looks to woo Beijing to gain re-entry into the country.(image)



Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:08:13 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa.(image)



Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:06:02 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumor cells in experiments that they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer.(image)



Motor mouth: T. rex could bite with the force of three cars

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:11:09 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have come up with one more reason to be amazed by Tyrannosaurus rex. When the huge carnivorous dinosaur took a bite, it did so with an awe-inspiring force equal to the weight of three small cars, enabling it to crunch bones with ease.(image)



NASA plans emergency spacewalk on International Space Station

Sun, 21 May 2017 19:06:46 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed computer, one of two that control major U.S. systems aboard the orbiting outpost, NASA said on Sunday.(image)



NASA delays debut launch of $23 billion moon rocket and capsule

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:30:02 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.(image)



Hewlett Packard Enterprise reveals powerful computer prototype

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:52:57 -0400

(Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co on Tuesday unveiled a new computer prototype that it said could handle more data than any similar system in the world.(image)



Pope tells geneticists that destroying embryos is unjustifiable

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:03:17 -0400

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis praised scientists working on treatments for genetic diseases on Thursday but condemned any use of human embryos in medical research.(image)



U.S. spacewalkers overcome glitch on 200th station outing

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:05:03 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two U.S. astronauts overcame an early equipment glitch to complete an abbreviated spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, accomplishing all the major tasks initially planned for a longer excursion in four hours, NASA said.(image)