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Branson’s Virgin Galactic unveils new passenger spaceship

/  20.02.2016  /  Science 

MOJAVE, Calif. (Reuters) – Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic venture unveiled its new passenger spacecraft on Friday, nearly 16 months after a fatal accident destroyed its sister ship during a test flight over California’s Mojave Desert.

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Branson’s Virgin Galactic moves to return to space race

/  19.02.2016  /  Science 

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) – Richard Branson said on Thursday his Virgin Galactic venture is eager to rejoin the race among rival billionaire entrepreneurs to send passengers and satellites into space, following a deadly accident 16 months ago.

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Out of Africa, and into the arms of a Neanderthal

/  17.02.2016  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Research showing that our species interbred with Neanderthals some 100,000 years ago is providing intriguing evidence that Homo sapiens ventured out of Africa much earlier than previously thought, although the foray appears to have fizzled.

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Solar tower poised to energize market

/  15.02.2016  /  Science 

In a vast expanse of open desert in southern Israel a 787-foot tower (240 meters) is taking shape that its builders hope will help make solar energy much more cost effective.

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Deadly beauty: Amber-entombed flower may have been toxic

/  15.02.2016  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Do not let its beauty fool you. A newly identified and exquisitely preserved flower found entombed in amber – fossilized tree sap – may have packed quite a punch.

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Scientists bid comet lander Philae farewell after radio silence

/  12.02.2016  /  Science 

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – European scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with space probe Philae, which successfully landed on a comet in a pinpoint operation only to lose power because its solar-driven batteries were in the shade.

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Einstein’s gravitational waves detected in scientific milestone

/  11.02.2016  /  Science 

WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – Scientists said on Thursday they have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that opens a new window for studying the cosmos.

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Ripple effect: scientists await word on gravitational waves

/  11.02.2016  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A century ago, Albert Einstein hypothesized the existence of gravitational waves, small ripples in space and time that dash across the universe at the speed of light.

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World’s top scientists pledge to share all findings to fight Zika

/  11.02.2016  /  Science 

LONDON (Reuters) – Thirty of the world’s leading scientific research institutions, journals and funders have pledged to share for free all data and expertise on Zika to speed up the fight against an outbreak of the viral disease spreading across the Americas.

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Researchers find new Zika clues to birth defect in fetus study

/  11.02.2016  /  Science 

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Researchers on Wednesday reported new evidence strengthening the association between Zika virus and a spike in birth defects, citing the presence of the virus in the brain of an aborted fetus of a European woman who became pregnant while living in Brazil.

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