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With a sloppy ‘kiss,’ intrepid fish enjoys perilous feast

/  06.06.2017  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A kiss from a colorful reef fish called a tubelip wrasse is no one’s idea of romance, being so full of slime and suction, but it is perfectly suited for eating a hazardous diet using one of the animal kingdom’s most unique feeding strategies.

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India’s most powerful rocket launches satellite into orbit

/  05.06.2017  /  Science 

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India launched a communication satellite using its most powerful rocket on Monday, improving its prospects of winning a bigger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry and its hopes of a manned mission.

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Russian, French astronauts return from space station stint

/  02.06.2017  /  Science 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A Russian cosmonaut and a French astronaut returned to Earth on Friday aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule after six months at the International Space Station, while their U.S. crewmate remained on the orbiting laboratory for an extended stay, a NASA television broadcast showed.

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Scientists detect Einstein gravitational waves for a third time

/  01.06.2017  /  Science 

(Reuters) – Scientists have for a third time detected ripples in space from black holes that crashed together billions of light years from Earth, a discovery that confirms a new technique for observing cataclysmic events in the universe, research published on Thursday shows.

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Japan launches its version of GPS satellite to improve location positioning

/  01.06.2017  /  Science 

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan launched a rocket carrying a satellite with a local version of the U.S. global positioning system (GPS) on Thursday, which is expected to increase the precision of location information used in smartphones and car navigation system.

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U.S. probe to make unprecedented plunge into sun’s atmosphere

/  31.05.2017  /  Science 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A U.S. spacecraft set to launch next year will make a series of unprecedented dives into the sun’s scorching atmosphere to see how the star works and what can be done to better predict space weather events on Earth, scientists said on Wednesday.

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UK space firms may need EU units after Brexit: space chief in FT

/  31.05.2017  /  Science 

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – British companies may need to set up subsidiaries in continental Europe to take part in multibillion-euro space programs funded by the European Union after Britain leaves the EU, the head of Europe’s space agency told the Financial Times.

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Who’s your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped

/  30.05.2017  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa.

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Construction begins on world’s largest telescope in Chilean desert

/  27.05.2017  /  Science 

ATACAMA DESERT, Chile (Reuters) – Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world’s largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today.

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U.S. spacecraft finds cyclones, ammonia river on Jupiter

/  25.05.2017  /  Science 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Jupiter’s atmosphere features colossal cyclones and rivers of ammonia welling up from deep inside the solar system’s largest planet, researchers said on Thursday, publishing the first insights from a NASA spacecraft flying around the gas giant.

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