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Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:41:48 -0500

RAMON CRATER, Israel (Reuters) - A team of six Israeli researchers on Sunday ended a four-day Mars habitat experiment in Israel's Negev desert where they simulated living conditions on the Red Planet, Israel's Science and Technology Ministry said.(image)

Ancient human remains, Ice Age animal bones found in giant Mexican cave

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:16:57 -0500

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Archaeologists exploring the word's biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the earth during the last Ice Age.(image)

I want to drink your blood: Vampire bat's genetic secrets revealed

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:28:54 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If you want to know how vampire bats can survive on a diet that -- as everyone knows -- consists exclusively of blood, the answer is simple. It's in their genes.(image)

'Easy on the fries!', Japan scientists tell hopeful bald people

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:33:21 -0500

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese scientists have warned that eating french fries will not cure baldness, after research was published suggesting that chemicals used in cooking fried potatoes could help fight hair loss.(image)

Startling orangutan population decline recorded in Borneo

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:53:39 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hunting by people and habitation destruction by oil palm, paper, logging and mining industries helped drive a startling drop of about 50 percent in the orangutan population on the island of Borneo from 1999 to 2015, scientists said on Thursday.(image)

SpaceX gets U.S. regulator to back satellite internet plan

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:06:59 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elon Musk's SpaceX, fresh off the successful launch this month of the world's most powerful rocket, won an endorsement on Wednesday from the top U.S. communications regulator to build a broadband network using satellites.(image)

Girl power: life's going swimmingly for all-female fish species

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:58:24 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An all-female freshwater fish species called the Amazon molly that inhabits rivers and creeks along the Texas-Mexico border is living proof that sexual reproduction may be vastly over-rated.(image)

Scientists, fishermen in Macedonia team up to save rare trout

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:54:57 -0500

OHRID, Macedonia (Reuters) - Macedonian scientists and fishermen have teamed up to start the artificial breeding of a species of trout unique to Lake Ohrid, its tributaries and outlet, the Black Drim river.(image)

Robots take to the slopes on sidelines of Winter Games

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:49:38 -0500

DUNNAE, South Korea (Reuters) - While Alpine skiers fought high winds at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday, there were no such problems for robots competing in their own "Olympics" ski challenge.(image)

Second asteroid in a week to pass close to Earth on Friday

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:37:49 -0500

(Reuters) - A recently discovered asteroid was due to zip within 39,000 thousand miles (64,000 km) of Earth on Friday, marking the second space rock to pass within the orbit of the moon this week, according to NASA scientists.(image)