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Business News3 days ago

Bellatrix Aerospace CEO Rohan Ganapathy stands next to a vacuum chamber at their laboratory in Bengaluru, India, June 22, 2019. Picture taken on Juen 22, 2019. REUTERS/Ismail Shakil

From companies building palm-sized satellites to those aiming to propel satellites into space using cleaner fuels, a new wave of space technology startups are mushrooming in India, catching the attention of investors keen to join the space race.

Science & Space2 hours ago

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday said it would review whether Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can claim rights to a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, adding fuel to a rivalry between those institutions and the University of California.

Environment5 days ago

Johann-Dietrich Woerner, European Space Agency (ESA) Director General, talks to the audience in Vienna, Austria June 20, 2019.  REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

European and U.N. bodies on Thursday outlined a joint push for global action on space junk, saying that debris orbiting the earth must be cleaned up as satellites launched by private companies and other new entrants are adding to the crowding.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is pictured at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition fair (LABACE) at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 14, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

NASA's flagship space launch system being built by Boeing is taking years longer than expected with cost overruns of nearly $2 billion, an audit found on Wednesday, raising questions about meeting a goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024.

Science & Space7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Astronaut Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 lunar module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 7 mission in this October 1968 NASA handout photo. The photograph is one of more than 12,000 from NASA's archives recently aggregated on the Project Apollo Archive Flickr account.  REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters

Three astronauts instrumental in the groundbreaking U.S. space program of the 1960s and 70s gathered at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission that first put a man on the moon.

Science & Space8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks during a NASA "Apollo - Then and Now" event at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper

The explosion that destroyed a SpaceX astronaut taxi in April "no doubt" delays NASA's drive to return Americans to the International Space Station from U.S. soil later this year, the U.S. space agency's chief said on Tuesday.

Science & Space6 days ago

A throwable fire extinguisher that looks like a flower vase is seen in Seoul, South Korea June 13, 2019. Picture taken on June 13, 2019.    REUTERS/Minwoo Park

In a panic after a fire has broken out and can't remember where the fire extinguisher is, let alone how to use it?

Science & Space8 days ago

A researcher excavates the ruins of Catalhoyuk, a prehistoric settlement located in south-central Turkey that was inhabited from about 9,100 to 7,950 years ago, in this photograph released from Istanbul, Turkey,  June 17, 2019. Scott Haddow/Handout via REUTERS

Overcrowding. Violence. Infectious diseases. Environmental degradation. It may sound like the worst of modern mega-cities.

Science & Space9 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Mwamini Kahindo, an Ebola survivor working as a caregiver to babies who are confirmed Ebola cases, holds an infant outside the red zone at the Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

LONDON - The persistence of Congo's Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks, specialists in global public health say.

Science & Space12 days ago

The head of an ancient wolf, which had been preserved in permafrost for over 40,000 years, is seen on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh river in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia September 6, 2018. Picture taken September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Valery Plotnikov

About 40,000 years ago, a wolf died in what we know as Siberia. Now its severed head has been found, and because of the freezing conditions, it is so well preserved that its fur, teeth, brain and facial tissue are largely intact.

Business News9 days ago

The Canadian government's contracting arm is backing a proposed new satellite system that will use big data analytics to provide commercially available data about the Earth and its orbit amid growing concerns about the risks posed by space debris.

Science & Space12 days ago

India will look to create its own space station following the completion of the country's first manned mission into space in 2022, its space agency chief said on Thursday.

Science & Space13 days ago

A wooden brazier and burnt stones from an archaeological site in western China that provided evidence for the burning of cannabis at a cemetery locale roughly 2,500 years ago, is shown in this image from the Pamir Mountains in Xinjiang region, released from Beijing, China, on June 12, 2019.   Courtesy Xinhua Wu/Handout via REUTERS

Marijuana chemical residue has been found in incense burners apparently used during funerary rites at a mountainous site in western China in about 500 BC, providing what may be the oldest evidence of smoking cannabis for its mind-altering properties.

Science & Space14 days ago

Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairperson of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), arrives to attend a news conference at its headquarters in Bengaluru, India, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

India said on Wednesday it will launch its second lunar mission in mid-July, as it moves to consolidate its status as a leader in space technology by achieving a controlled landing on the moon.

World News14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: People gather outside the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to protest against government plans to weaken the institution in Budapest, Hungary, February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tamas Kaszas/File Photo

The head of Hungary's oldest scientific institute said it was considering taking legal action to challenge government moves to take more control over research work and budgets.

Science & Space14 days ago

Relativity Space, a venture-backed rocket maker, said on Tuesday it will lease space from NASA in Mississippi, where its gigantic 3D printers will produce low-cost rockets to be used to launch small-payload satellites into orbit.

ESG16 days ago

FILE PHOTO: "Bots" are seen on the grid of the "smart platform" at the Ocado CFC (Customer Fulfilment Centre) in Andover, Britain May 1, 2018. Picture taken May 1, 2018.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

Britain's Ocado is plowing 17 million pounds ($22 million) into the emerging "vertical farming" industry, further diversifying the online grocer and technology group's business.

Politics18 days ago

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump receives a NASA jacket during a signing ceremony for S442, the NASA transition authorization act, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 21, 2017.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized NASA for aiming to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and urged the space agency to focus instead on "much bigger" initiatives like going to Mars, undercutting his previous support for the lunar initiative.

Science & Space18 days ago

A view of the La Silla European Southern Observatory (ESO) at Coquimbo, Chile June 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Jorge Vega

The total solar eclipse expected in northern Chile early next month is already drawing flocks of visitors eager to glimpse a rare view of the phenomenon through the region's clear skies.

Science & Space18 days ago

CFO NASA Headquarters' Jeff DeWit, Robyn Gatens, Deputy Director, International Space Station at NASA Headquarters, and Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA  Headquarters, sit during a news conference announcing that NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business, so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a commercial economy in low-Earth orbit, at the NASDAQ Market site at Times Square in New York City, U.S., June 7, 2019.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

NASA will allow private citizens to stay at the International Space Station (ISS) for month-long getaways at a cost of about $35,000 per night, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

Business News3 days ago

Bellatrix Aerospace CEO Rohan Ganapathy stands next to a vacuum chamber at their laboratory in Bengaluru, India, June 22, 2019. Picture taken on Juen 22, 2019. REUTERS/Ismail Shakil

From companies building palm-sized satellites to those aiming to propel satellites into space using cleaner fuels, a new wave of space technology startups are mushrooming in India, catching the attention of investors keen to join the space race.

Science & Space2 hours ago

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday said it would review whether Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can claim rights to a gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, adding fuel to a rivalry between those institutions and the University of California.

Environment5 days ago

Johann-Dietrich Woerner, European Space Agency (ESA) Director General, talks to the audience in Vienna, Austria June 20, 2019.  REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

European and U.N. bodies on Thursday outlined a joint push for global action on space junk, saying that debris orbiting the earth must be cleaned up as satellites launched by private companies and other new entrants are adding to the crowding.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is pictured at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition fair (LABACE) at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 14, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

NASA's flagship space launch system being built by Boeing is taking years longer than expected with cost overruns of nearly $2 billion, an audit found on Wednesday, raising questions about meeting a goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024.

Science & Space7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Astronaut Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 lunar module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 7 mission in this October 1968 NASA handout photo. The photograph is one of more than 12,000 from NASA's archives recently aggregated on the Project Apollo Archive Flickr account.  REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters

Three astronauts instrumental in the groundbreaking U.S. space program of the 1960s and 70s gathered at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission that first put a man on the moon.

Science & Space8 days ago

FILE PHOTO: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks during a NASA "Apollo - Then and Now" event at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper

The explosion that destroyed a SpaceX astronaut taxi in April "no doubt" delays NASA's drive to return Americans to the International Space Station from U.S. soil later this year, the U.S. space agency's chief said on Tuesday.

Science & Space6 days ago

A throwable fire extinguisher that looks like a flower vase is seen in Seoul, South Korea June 13, 2019. Picture taken on June 13, 2019.    REUTERS/Minwoo Park

In a panic after a fire has broken out and can't remember where the fire extinguisher is, let alone how to use it?

Science & Space8 days ago

A researcher excavates the ruins of Catalhoyuk, a prehistoric settlement located in south-central Turkey that was inhabited from about 9,100 to 7,950 years ago, in this photograph released from Istanbul, Turkey,  June 17, 2019. Scott Haddow/Handout via REUTERS

Overcrowding. Violence. Infectious diseases. Environmental degradation. It may sound like the worst of modern mega-cities.

Science & Space9 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Mwamini Kahindo, an Ebola survivor working as a caregiver to babies who are confirmed Ebola cases, holds an infant outside the red zone at the Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

LONDON - The persistence of Congo's Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks, specialists in global public health say.

Science & Space12 days ago

The head of an ancient wolf, which had been preserved in permafrost for over 40,000 years, is seen on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh river in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia September 6, 2018. Picture taken September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Valery Plotnikov

About 40,000 years ago, a wolf died in what we know as Siberia. Now its severed head has been found, and because of the freezing conditions, it is so well preserved that its fur, teeth, brain and facial tissue are largely intact.

Business News9 days ago

The Canadian government's contracting arm is backing a proposed new satellite system that will use big data analytics to provide commercially available data about the Earth and its orbit amid growing concerns about the risks posed by space debris.

Science & Space12 days ago

India will look to create its own space station following the completion of the country's first manned mission into space in 2022, its space agency chief said on Thursday.

Science & Space13 days ago

A wooden brazier and burnt stones from an archaeological site in western China that provided evidence for the burning of cannabis at a cemetery locale roughly 2,500 years ago, is shown in this image from the Pamir Mountains in Xinjiang region, released from Beijing, China, on June 12, 2019.   Courtesy Xinhua Wu/Handout via REUTERS

Marijuana chemical residue has been found in incense burners apparently used during funerary rites at a mountainous site in western China in about 500 BC, providing what may be the oldest evidence of smoking cannabis for its mind-altering properties.

Science & Space14 days ago

Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairperson of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), arrives to attend a news conference at its headquarters in Bengaluru, India, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

India said on Wednesday it will launch its second lunar mission in mid-July, as it moves to consolidate its status as a leader in space technology by achieving a controlled landing on the moon.

World News14 days ago

FILE PHOTO: People gather outside the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to protest against government plans to weaken the institution in Budapest, Hungary, February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Tamas Kaszas/File Photo

The head of Hungary's oldest scientific institute said it was considering taking legal action to challenge government moves to take more control over research work and budgets.

Science & Space14 days ago

Relativity Space, a venture-backed rocket maker, said on Tuesday it will lease space from NASA in Mississippi, where its gigantic 3D printers will produce low-cost rockets to be used to launch small-payload satellites into orbit.

ESG16 days ago

FILE PHOTO: "Bots" are seen on the grid of the "smart platform" at the Ocado CFC (Customer Fulfilment Centre) in Andover, Britain May 1, 2018. Picture taken May 1, 2018.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

Britain's Ocado is plowing 17 million pounds ($22 million) into the emerging "vertical farming" industry, further diversifying the online grocer and technology group's business.

Politics18 days ago

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump receives a NASA jacket during a signing ceremony for S442, the NASA transition authorization act, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 21, 2017.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized NASA for aiming to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and urged the space agency to focus instead on "much bigger" initiatives like going to Mars, undercutting his previous support for the lunar initiative.

Science & Space18 days ago

A view of the La Silla European Southern Observatory (ESO) at Coquimbo, Chile June 1, 2019.  REUTERS/Jorge Vega

The total solar eclipse expected in northern Chile early next month is already drawing flocks of visitors eager to glimpse a rare view of the phenomenon through the region's clear skies.

Science & Space18 days ago

CFO NASA Headquarters' Jeff DeWit, Robyn Gatens, Deputy Director, International Space Station at NASA Headquarters, and Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA  Headquarters, sit during a news conference announcing that NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business, so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a commercial economy in low-Earth orbit, at the NASDAQ Market site at Times Square in New York City, U.S., June 7, 2019.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

NASA will allow private citizens to stay at the International Space Station (ISS) for month-long getaways at a cost of about $35,000 per night, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

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