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Giant sloth vs. ancient man: fossil footprints track prehistoric hunt

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:07:20 -0400

BOURNEMOUTH, England (Reuters) - Scientists have uncovered evidence of ancient humans engaged in a deadly face-off with a giant sloth, showing for the first time how our ancestors might have tackled such a formidable prey.(image)



Colossal cosmic collision alters understanding of early universe

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:36:58 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronomers have detected the early stages of a colossal cosmic collision, observing a pile-up of 14 galaxies 90 percent of the way across the observable universe in a discovery that upends assumptions about the early history of the cosmos.(image)



Europe launches seventh Sentinel Earth observation satellite

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:24:35 -0400

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe has launched the seventh of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites as part of its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to help predict weather phenomena such as El Nino and track the progress of global warming.(image)



Britain considers setting up satellite system to rival EU's Galileo: FT

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:14:36 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is considering setting up a satellite navigation system to rival the European Union's Galileo project amid a row over attempts to restrict Britain's access to sensitive security information after Brexit, the Financial Times reported.(image)



SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:23:33 -0400

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life.(image)



Igor the Siberian tiger gets stem-cell hip treatment in Hungary

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:16:35 -0400

SZEGED, Hungary (Reuters) - Igor, a Siberian tiger in a Hungarian zoo, received stem-cell joint treatment on Wednesday which doctors hoped would help heal its hip and allow it to live happily, on less medicine.(image)



Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:37:42 -0400

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture.(image)



Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:43:08 -0400

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.(image)



More than 100 parts for NASA's Orion capsule to be 3D printed

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:43:53 -0400

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA's deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars.(image)



Gerst aims to be 'nice boss' as first German ISS commander

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:20:31 -0400

COLOGNE (Reuters) - Astronaut Alexander Gerst says he aims to be a "nice boss" when he becomes the $100 billion International Space Station's first German commander later this year.(image)