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SpaceX Launches Rocket to International Space Station
Posted by on February 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm

A Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, was launched at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, carrying supplies, experiments and cargo to the International Space Station. […]

SpaceX Launches Rocket Carrying Space Station Cargo
Posted by KENNETH CHANG on February 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

The rocket lifted off from a launchpad used for the Apollo moon missions. It was the first launch from Kennedy Space Center in more than five years. […]

SpaceX Scrubs Rocket Launch
Posted by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on February 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm

The company may try again as soon as Sunday to launch the rocket, which carries materials for the space station. […]

Essay: Tax Advice From Lawmakers Turned Lawbreakers
Posted by JOHN SCHWARTZ on February 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

The politicians who not only write laws but also break them know the ins and outs of the tax system. Why not study their examples for a little smart advice? […]

The Murky Future of Nuclear Power in the United States
Posted by DIANE CARDWELL on February 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

A nuclear renaissance fizzles as costs soar, green energy makes gains and regulatory pain rises. […]

How the Nuclear Threat From North Korea Has Grown
Posted by RICK GLADSTONE and ROGENE JACQUETTE on February 18, 2017 at 2:17 am

The country's missile test this month gave weapons monitors a status report on the progress of North Korea's nuclear program. They said there was a significant advance. […]

Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety
Posted by DENISE GRADY on February 17, 2017 at 11:09 pm

Work has stopped temporarily at the government lab handling viruses like Ebola because air hoses used in safety suits were not tested for breathing safety. […]

Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works
Posted by JOANNA KLEIN on February 17, 2017 at 10:44 pm

The illustrations of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, are featured in the new book “The Beautiful Brain.&rdquo […]

Trilobites: Prey: The Reason Turtles First Came Out of Their Shells
Posted by NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR on February 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm

Some researchers think turtles evolved the ability to retract and then stretch their necks to snatch prey, not defend themselves in their shells. […]

Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes
Posted by AMY HARMON on February 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

A free math camp for middle-school students from New York’s poorest neighborhoods was an effort to increase the number of blacks and Latinos with advanced math degrees. […]

Why the CRISPR patent verdict isn’t the end of the story
Posted by Heidi Ledford on February 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

From legal challenges to ongoing experimentation, the story of who owns the rights to CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing is still being written. […]

Winston Churchill Wrote of Alien Life in a Lost Essay
Posted by KIMIKO de FREYTAS-TAMURA on February 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm

At the onset of World War II, he took the time to write a scientific paper about the probability of life elsewhere in the universe. […]

E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance
Posted by CORAL DAVENPORT on February 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm

Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are calling their senators to try to defeat Scott Pruitt’s confirmation to run the agency. […]

Op-Ed Contributors: By Investing in Science, Trump Can Strengthen the Economy
Posted by MICHAEL S. LUBELL and BURTON RICHTER on February 16, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Federal support for science has been getting leaner as countries in Europe and Asia have been ramping up research spending. […]

Trilobites: After Earth’s Worst Mass Extinction, Life Rebounded Rapidly, Fossils Suggest
Posted by NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR on February 16, 2017 at 7:26 pm

A teenager’s fossil hunt two decades ago may have changed paleontologists’ understanding of how long it took to recover from the “Great Dying” 252 million years ago. […]


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UK government to set out powers paving way for first space satellite launch
Posted on February 20, 2017 at 1:22 am

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will set out powers this week which would allow the launch of space satellites from the country for the first time, the government said on Monday. […]

SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA pad in Florida
Posted on February 19, 2017 at 7:20 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station. […]

Historic Cape Canaveral launchpad returns to action with SpaceX
Posted on February 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The seaside Florida launchpad from which astronauts once blasted off for the moon comes back to life this weekend thanks to the commercial space venture founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. […]

Dwarf planet Ceres boasts organic compounds, raising prospect of life
Posted on February 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft has detected carbon-based materials, similar to what may have been the building blocks for life on Earth, on the Texas-sized dwarf planet Ceres that orbits between Mars and Jupiter in the main asteroid belt, scientists said on Thursday. […]

Fossils show quick rebound of life after ancient mass extinction
Posted on February 15, 2017 at 9:32 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils including sharks, sea reptiles and squid-like creatures dug up in Idaho reveal a marine ecosystem thriving relatively soon after Earth's worst mass extinction, contradicting the long-held notion life was slow to recover from the calamity. […]

Unearthed essay on alien life reveals Churchill the scientist
Posted on February 15, 2017 at 6:10 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill shows Britain's wartime leader was uncannily prescient about the possibility of alien life on planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. […]

India launches record 104 satellites at one go
Posted on February 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India successfully launched 104 satellites in a single mission on Wednesday, setting what its space agency says is a world record of launching the most satellites at one go. […]

Fossil shows pregnant momma sea monster with developing embryo
Posted on February 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An extraordinary fossil unearthed in southwestern China shows a pregnant long-necked marine reptile that lived millions of years before the dinosaurs with its developing embryo, indicating this creature gave birth to live babies rather than laying eggs. […]

U.S. experts soften on DNA editing of human eggs, sperm, embryos
Posted on February 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases, according to a report by U.S. scientists and ethicists released on Tuesday. […]

Genetic study may make ancient Incas quinoa a grain of the future
Posted on February 10, 2017 at 1:29 am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Quinoa, the sacred "mother grain" of the ancient Inca civilization suppressed by Spanish conquistadors, could become an increasingly important food source in the future thanks to genetic secrets revealed in a new study. […]