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World temperatures hit new high in 2016 for third year in a row

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:34:36 -0500

OSLO (Reuters) - World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday.(image)



Hemp hits new high as building material on Dutch bridge

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:05:51 -0500

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - While plenty of cannabis goes up in smoke in coffee shops around the Netherlands, Dutch researchers have found a new use for it - as an environmentally friendly building material to rival cement or steel.(image)



Antarctic ice floe crack forces UK scientists to leave

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:19:41 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Antarctic Society is recalling scientists from its Halley VI polar research base in March after a fissure developed in the ice sheet.(image)



Europe's oncologists back biosimilar versions of cancer drugs

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:28:41 -0500

(Reuters) - Europe's leading association of oncologists has thrown its weight behind cheaper copycat versions of biotech cancer drugs that have lost patent protection, saying they are effective and affordable.(image)



Southern African maize munching pest is South American invader: experts

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:16:08 -0500

LUSAKA (Reuters) - A maize pest that has devastated crops in southern Africa is a South American species which is harder to detect and eradicate than its African counterpart, agriculture officials and experts said on Tuesday.(image)



Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on moon, dies at 82

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:02:51 -0500

(This version of the story has been corrected in the second paragraph to say Gene Cernan was the second American to walk in space from second man)(image)



Japan space agency fails to launch mini rocket

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:32:57 -0500

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's space agency said on Sunday it failed to launch a mini rocket carrying a satellite into space due to failure of the communications systems.(image)



SpaceX returns to flight, sending satellites into orbit

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:33:02 -0500

(Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, returning the company to flight for the first time since a fiery launchpad explosion in September. The 230-foot (70-meter) rocket launched from VandenbergAir Force Base at 9:54 a.m. PST (1754 GMT) to deliver 10satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc.(image)



Astronauts upgrade station power system in six-hour spacewalk

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:48:57 -0500

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Two astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Friday for a six-hour spacewalk to replace aging batteries for the laboratory's solar power system, an upgrade needed to keep the outpost running into the next decade, NASA said.(image)



Giant telescope in Chile to seek habitable planets in Alpha Centauri

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:15:55 -0500

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile will be modified in order to allow it to search more effectively for potentially habitable planets in Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth.(image)