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Out of a drawer and into your nightmares comes a vicious ancient beast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Ohio University integrative biologist Nancy Stevens peered into a drawer in the wooden cabinets on the top floor of a Nairobi museum in 2010, she saw a chunk of rock containing massive teeth and knew she had come across something important. Read More


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Yale study revives cellular activity in pig brains hours after death

(Reuters) - Yale University scientists have succeeded in restoring basic cellular activity in pigs' brains hours after their deaths in a finding that may one day lead to advances in treating human stroke and brain injuries, researchers reported on Wednesday. More »


Back on Earth, China's Mars simulation base greets first visitors

JINCHANG, China (Reuters) - About 100 excited Chinese teenagers completed a five-hour tour of a space colony against a desolate backdrop not unlike the desert planet of Tatooine, the home world of Luke Skywalker. More »


On Saturn's moon Titan, plentiful lakeside views, but with liquid methane

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists on Monday provided the most comprehensive look to date at one of the solar system's most exotic features: prime lakeside property in the northern polar region of Saturn's moon Titan - if you like lakes made of stuff like liquid methane. More »


Elon Musk's SpaceX sends world's most powerful rocket on first commercial flight

(Reuters) - The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on Thursday from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company in the race to grasp lucrative military launch contracts. More »


Israel plans new moonshot after maiden mission fails

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The aerospace company behind Israel's failed first moonshot said on Saturday it would pursue a second mission with funds raised from private donors and the public. More »


Oh, brother! NASA twins study shows how space changes the human body

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - An American astronaut experienced multiple biological changes in space but returned to normal - with some exceptions - after coming back to Earth, according to a study involving twin brothers that shed light on how space flight affects the human body.  More »


'Seeing the unseeable': Scientists reveal first photo of black hole

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Using a global network of telescopes to see "the unseeable," an international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics - the first-ever photo of a black hole - in an achievement that validated a pillar of science put forward by Albert Einstein more than a century ago. More »


Fossils of enigmatic extinct human species found on Philippine island

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thirteen fossil bones and teeth excavated in a cave in the Philippines represent an enigmatic previously unknown human species, probably small in stature and possessing an unexpected mix of archaic and modern traits, scientists said on Wednesday. More »


Virgin Galactic's first test passenger gets commercial astronaut wings

(Reuters) - Virgin Galactic’s first test passenger received her commercial astronaut wings from the U.S. aviation regulator on Tuesday after flying on the company’s rocket plane to evaluate the customer experience in February. More »


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