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Iran claims successful rocket test, move likely to anger U.S.

/  27.07.2017  /  Science 

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, state television reported on Thursday, an event likely to raise tensions with the United States because of its potential use in a ballistic missile.

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Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

/  26.07.2017  /  Science 

OSLO (Reuters) – Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun’s rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.

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Neil Armstrong’s moon bag sells for $1.8 million at auction

/  21.07.2017  /  Science 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A bag used by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon dust back to Earth was sold to an anonymous bidder for $1.8 million at an auction in New York on Thursday marking the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing.

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Musk says he gets OK to start work on New York-Washington ‘hyperloop’

/  20.07.2017  /  Science 

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received “verbal” approval to start building a high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that could cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour.

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Outback axes suggest humans reached Australia 18,000 years earlier than thought

/  20.07.2017  /  Science 

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Axheads and grinding stones from a cave in Australia’s far north suggest humans arrived on the continent about 65,000 years ago, or 18,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to research published on Thursday.

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MH370 search data unveils fishing hot spots, ancient geological movements

/  19.07.2017  /  Science 

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth’s southern continents.

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Fearsome T-rex was a plodder not a sprinter, researchers say

/  18.07.2017  /  Science 

LONDON (Reuters) – Line up Usain Bolt at the starting blocks with a Tyrannosaurus rex and the dinosaur would be left behind in the sprinter’s dust, according to computer-assisted research that turns long-held assumptions on their head.

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High-speed Hyperloop project ready for key test in Nevada

/  14.07.2017  /  Science 

(Reuters) – Engineers will soon conduct a crucial test of a futuristic technology championed by entrepreneur Elon Musk that seeks to revolutionize transportation by sending passengers and cargo packed into pods through an intercity system of vacuum tubes.

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Neil Armstrong’s moon bag to fetch up to $4 million at auction

/  13.07.2017  /  Science 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The long-lost bag used by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring back to Earth the first samples of moon dust is expected to sell for up to $4 million when it is auctioned with other space memorabilia next week in New York City.

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Farewell Dippy the dinosaur – London museum installs whale skeleton

/  13.07.2017  /  Science 

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Natural History Museum has installed a four-and-a-half-tonne blue whale skeleton to tower over the heads of visitors, replacing the remains of a much-loved diplodocus known as Dippy.

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