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Astronauts complete spacewalk to retrofit space station

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:30:58 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two spacewalking astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday for a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk, the first of three to prepare the orbiting laboratory for future commercial space taxis and to tackle maintenance chores, NASA TV showed.(image)

Scientists use graphene to power 'electronic skin' that can feel

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:04:34 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found a way to power an experimental kind of electronic skin using solar energy in a further step towards the development of prosthetic limbs or robots with a sense of touch.(image)

SSL sues rival Orbital ATK over theft of trade secrets: lawsuit

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:44:08 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Space Systems/Loral is suing rival Orbital ATK over an alleged theft of proprietary data and business plans for an in-space satellite servicing technology, according to a complaint filed on Thursday.(image)

Revolutionary overhaul of dinosaur family tree proposed

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:09:37 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the best-known dinosaurs, like Tyrannosaurus rex and Brontosaurus, may be headed for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences.(image)

Brazil ramps up domestic space satellite, rocket programs

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:36:39 -0400

KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) - Brazil is developing technology to send domestically-made satellites into space with its own rockets by the end of the decade, aerospace executives and officials said ahead of the launch of the nation's first defense and communications satellite.(image)

Ancient quakes may point to sinking risk for part of California coast

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:35:53 -0400

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Big One may be overdue to hit California but scientists near Los Angeles have found a new risk for the area during a major earthquake: abrupt sinking of land, potentially below sea level.(image)

First U.S. bumble bee added to endangered species list

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:05:09 -0400

(Reuters) - The rusty patched bumble bee became the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain federal protection on Tuesday when it was added to the government's list of endangered and threatened species.(image)

Scientists launch campaign to restore Pluto to the planet club

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:54:08 -0400

(Reuters) - A team of scientists seeking to restore Pluto to planethood launched a campaign on Tuesday to broaden the astronomical classifications which led to its demotion to a "dwarf planet" a decade ago.(image)

Scientists find how using 'satnav' switches off parts of brain

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:07:39 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - If you have long feared that using a "satnav" navigation system to get to your destination is making you worse at finding the way alone, research now suggests you may be right.(image)

UK royals' sibling rivalry? Princess Anne says GMO crops have benefits

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:36:58 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Princess Anne may have sparked some royal sibling rivalry after saying genetically modified crops had real benefits to offer, putting her at odds with her older brother Charles who says they would be an environmental disaster.(image)