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Pint-sized Mongolian menace shows dinosaurs loved the nightlife, too

(Reuters) - Under the cover of darkness in desert habitats about 70 million years ago, in what is today Mongolia and northern China, a gangly looking dinosaur employed excellent night vision and superb hearing to thrive as a menacing pint-sized nocturnal predator. Read More


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China says its rocket debris unlikely to cause any harm

BEIJING (Reuters) -Most debris from a large Chinese rocket expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend will be burned up on reentry and is highly unlikely to cause any harm, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday. More »


Virgin Orbit among new operators for Brazil's Alcântara spaceport

(Corrects forecast of first launch in paragraph 3 to first half of 2022) More »


SpaceX Starship rocket prototype achieves first safe landing

(Reuters) - SpaceX achieved the first successful touchdown of its prototype Starship rocket during the latest test flight of the next-generation launch vehicle in south Texas on Wednesday, after four previous landing attempts ended in explosions. More »


Virgin Hyperloop shows off the future: mass transport in floating magnetic pods

(Reuters) - In the desert just north of Las Vegas, a long white metal tube sits at the base of the mountains, promising to one day revolutionize travel. More »


No plan to shoot down Chinese rocket -Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday there was no plan at this point to shoot down the remnants of a large Chinese rocket expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend. More »


U.S. Space Command tracks Chinese rocket for uncontrolled re-entry from orbit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Remnants of a large Chinese rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend in an uncontrolled re-entry being tracked by U.S. Space Command, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. More »


Blue Origin opens up bidding for first 'spectacular' space tourism trip in July

SEATTLE (Reuters) -Blue Origin, billionaire Jeff Bezos' rocket company, said on Wednesday it is targeting July 20 for its first suborbital sightseeing trip on its New Shepard spacecraft, a landmark moment in a competition to usher in a new era of private commercial space travel. More »


Child's burial 78,000 years ago in Kenya was a Homo sapiens milestone

(Reuters) - It is a scene that exudes sadness: a child perhaps 2-1/2 or 3 years old buried in a shallow grave under the sheltered overhang of a cave, head resting on a pillow and the upper part of the body carefully wrapped in a shroud. More »


Sperm not impacted by Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine; neuropsychiatric symptoms persist in COVID-19 survivors

(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. More »


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