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Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday’s once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

/  19.08.2017  /  Science 

(Reuters) – Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years.

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Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons

/  18.08.2017  /  Science 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Next week’s solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun.

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Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

/  17.08.2017  /  Science 

(Reuters) – When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere.

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Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts

/  15.08.2017  /  Science 

KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) – The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel – wood.

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Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind’s remote past

/  10.08.2017  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.

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Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind’s remote past

/  10.08.2017  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.

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Chinese quantum satellite sends ‘unbreakable’ code

/  10.08.2017  /  Science 

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has sent an “unbreakable” code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday.

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Crocodile rock: ancient beast named after Motörhead band’s Lemmy

/  10.08.2017  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A ferocious sea-going crocodile that menaced coastal waters about 164 million years ago during the Jurassic Period has been given a name honoring the similarly ferocious heavy-metal rocker Lemmy, the late front man for the British band Motörhead.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a prehistoric gliding mammal

/  09.08.2017  /  Science 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In dense Chinese forests populated by dinosaurs 160 million years ago, two furry critters resembling flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, showing that even in such a perilous neighborhood early mammals had succeeded in going airborne.

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Engraved prehistoric human bones show ritualistic cannibalism

/  09.08.2017  /  Science 

LONDON (Reuters) – Engravings on a human bone from a prehistoric archaeological site in a cave in southern England shows that human cannibals ate their prey and then performed ritualistic burials with the remains, scientists said on Wednesday.

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