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Billionaire Elon Musk outlines plans for humans to colonize Mars

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:39:23 -0400

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) - SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday.(image)



Scientists fix fractures with 3D-printed synthetic bone

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:50:30 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in the United States have successfully treated broken spines and skulls in animals using 3D-printed synthetic bone, opening the possibility of future personalized bone implants for humans to fix dental, spinal other bone injuries.(image)



Hubble spots evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:00:08 -0400

(Reuters) - Astronomers on Monday said they have spotted evidence of water vapor plumes rising from Jupiter's moon Europa, a finding that might make it easier to learn whether life exists in the warm, salty ocean hidden beneath its icy surface.(image)



Scientists find new fat clues in faeces

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:32:04 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists in Britain have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo - the human fecal microbiome - and levels of harmful types of body fat.(image)



SpaceX blast investigation suggests breach in oxygen tank's helium system

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:55:58 -0400

DALLAS (Reuters) - A SpaceX rocket that burst into flames on its launch pad at the beginning of this month likely suffered a large breach in its upper-stage helium system, the company said on Friday.(image)



Work on sex life of rats, life as a badger honored at Ig Nobel Prizes

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:22:15 -0400

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Scientific research into how polyester pants affect the sex life of rats, what it's like for a human to live like a badger and how different the world looks when viewed through your legs was honored at this year's Ig Nobel spoof awards.(image)



Moonlight sonata: fish's nocturnal 'singing' secrets revealed

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:22:28 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In one of the marvels of nature, males of a fish species called the plainfin midshipman that dwells in Pacific coastal waters from Alaska to Baja California court females during breeding season using a nocturnal "love song" with an otherworldly sound.(image)



Hard-headed: prehistoric Texas reptile boasted bony domed skull

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:58:08 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a warm, lush region of West Texas crisscrossed with rivers, a bizarre reptile roamed the Triassic Period landscape about 228 million years ago, boasting a bony domed head unlike almost any creature that ever appeared on Earth.(image)



Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to end epic trek with comet crash landing

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:24:08 -0400

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - After 12 years chasing a comet across more 6 billion km of space, European scientists will end the historic Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on the surface of the dusty, icy body at the end of the month.(image)



SpaceX says accident probe will not slow space taxi effort

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:34:20 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX on Thursday said efforts to develop and certify a space taxi for NASA are not being slowed by an investigation into a launch pad fire that destroyed its rocket and a $200 million Israeli communications satellite.(image)