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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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New Zealand launches into space race with 3D-printed rocket

/  25.05.2017  /  Science 

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand’s remote Mahia Peninsula.

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Two U.S. spacewalkers leave station to replace failed computer

/  23.05.2017  /  Science 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Two U.S. astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for a hastily planned spacewalk to replace a computer that failed on Saturday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.

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Google’s AlphaGo takes on Chinese Go master in best of three matches

/  23.05.2017  /  Science 

BEIJING (Reuters) – Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo took on the Chinese world number one of ancient board game Go on Tuesday, the second time it has gone head-to-head with a master Go player in a public showdown.

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Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa

/  23.05.2017  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa.

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NASA plans emergency space walk on International Space Station

/  21.05.2017  /  Science 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station as early as Tuesday for an emergency space walk to replace a failed computer, one of two that control major U.S. systems aboard the orbiting outpost, NASA said on Sunday.

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Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

/  19.05.2017  /  Science 

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumor cells in experiments that they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer.

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Pope tells geneticists that destroying embryos is unjustifiable

/  18.05.2017  /  Science 

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis praised scientists working on treatments for genetic diseases on Thursday but condemned any use of human embryos in medical research.

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Motor mouth: T. rex could bite with the force of three cars

/  17.05.2017  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have come up with one more reason to be amazed by Tyrannosaurus rex. When the huge carnivorous dinosaur took a bite, it did so with an awe-inspiring force equal to the weight of three small cars, enabling it to crunch bones with ease.

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NASA delays debut launch of $23 billion moon rocket and capsule

/  13.05.2017  /  Science 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA has delayed the first launch of its heavy-payload rocket until 2019 and decided against an idea floated by the White House to put astronauts aboard the capsule that is set to fly around the moon, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

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