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Astronaut Scott Kelly retiring after longest U.S. space mission

/  12.03.2016  /  Science 

(Reuters) – The astronaut who holds the American record for most time spent in space, Scott Kelly, will retire from NASA on April 1, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

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Spacecraft to seek life on Mars in European-led mission

/  11.03.2016  /  Science 

BERLIN (Reuters) – A spacecraft is due to set off for Mars next week on a mission that scientists hope will help answer one of the most burning questions of spacefaring times: Is there life on other planets?

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Robots welcome visitors to Berlin travel fair

/  10.03.2016  /  Science 

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chihira Kanae is greeting visitors to the world’s biggest travel fair in Berlin this week, answering questions and guiding people in the right direction. But one passer by’s attempt to ask her out for dinner is met with silence.

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Mastication adaptation: easier chewing benefited human ancestors

/  10.03.2016  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A study in which people chewed on pieces of raw goat meat and vegetables smacked with a rock is shedding light on how changes long ago in the way our ancestors dined paved the way for physiological advances that helped make us who were are today.

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Israeli placental cell therapy could cure radiation sickness

/  09.03.2016  /  Science 

Israeli biotech firm Pluristem Therapeutics said it hopes its anti-radiation therapy will protect Fukushima workers decommissioning nuclear reactors and save lives in the future if ever a similar catastrophe occurs.

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Going places: machine beats top Go player in another AI milestone

/  09.03.2016  /  Science 

SEOUL (Reuters) – Google’s AlphaGo computer program on Wednesday won the first of a series of five matches against one of the world’s best players of the complex board game, Go, marking a new milestone in the development of artificial intelligence (AI).

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Clouds over Indonesia obscure total eclipse of the sun for many

/  09.03.2016  /  Science 

PALEMBANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – A solar eclipse enthralled Indonesia on Wednesday but clouds spoiled the view for many skywatchers in the east of the archipelago, the only part of the country that had the opportunity to see it in totality.

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Bezos’ space company aims for passenger flights in 2018

/  09.03.2016  /  Science 

KENT, Wash. (Reuters) – Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin expects to begin crewed test flights of its reusable suborbital New Shepard vehicle next year and begin flying paying passengers in 2018, Bezos told reporters on Tuesday.

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Mysterious extinction of prehistoric marine reptiles explained

/  09.03.2016  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the enduring mysteries of paleontology, the demise of a highly successful group of dolphin-like marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs that flourished in Earth’s seas for more than 150 million years, may finally have been solved.

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Now you’re talking: human-like robot may one day care for dementia patients

/  07.03.2016  /  Science 

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – With her brown hair, soft skin and expressive face, Nadine is a new brand of human-like robot that could one day, scientists hope, be used as a personal assistant or care provider for the elderly.

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