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SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA pad in Florida


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station. | Video

UK government to set out powers paving way for first space satellite launch

LONDON Britain will set out powers this week which would allow the launch of space satellites from the country for the first time, the government said on Monday.

Feb 19 2017

Historic Cape Canaveral launchpad returns to action with SpaceX

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The seaside Florida launchpad from which astronauts once blasted off for the moon comes back to life this weekend thanks to the commercial space venture founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Feb 17 2017

Dwarf planet Ceres boasts organic compounds, raising prospect of life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. A NASA spacecraft has detected carbon-based materials, similar to what may have been the building blocks for life on Earth, on the Texas-sized dwarf planet Ceres that orbits between Mars and Jupiter in the main asteroid belt, scientists said on Thursday.

Feb 16 2017

Unearthed essay on alien life reveals Churchill the scientist

LONDON A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill shows Britain's wartime leader was uncannily prescient about the possibility of alien life on planets orbiting stars other than the Sun.

Feb 15 2017

Fossils show quick rebound of life after ancient mass extinction

WASHINGTON Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth's worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity.

Feb 15 2017

India launches record 104 satellites at one go

NEW DELHI India successfully launched 104 satellites in a single mission on Wednesday, setting what its space agency says is a world record of launching the most satellites at one go. | Video

Feb 15 2017

Fossil shows pregnant momma sea monster with developing embryo

WASHINGTON An extraordinary fossil unearthed in southwestern China shows a pregnant long-necked marine reptile that lived millions of years before the dinosaurs with its developing embryo, indicating this creature gave birth to live babies rather than laying eggs.

China Feb 14 2017

U.S. experts soften on DNA editing of human eggs, sperm, embryos

CHICAGO Powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases, according to a report by U.S. scientists and ethicists released on Tuesday.

Health Feb 14 2017

Genetic study may make ancient Incas quinoa a grain of the future

WASHINGTON Quinoa, the sacred "mother grain" of the ancient Inca civilization suppressed by Spanish conquistadors, could become an increasingly important food source in the future thanks to genetic secrets revealed in a new study.

Feb 09 2017

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U.S. shuts high-security labs over concerns about air hose safety

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has closed down its highest security biosafety laboratories after discovering that hoses that supply air to scientists wearing special protective suits were never approved for that use, the agency said on Friday.