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Boeing received 'unnecessary' contract boost for astronaut capsule, watchdog says11/15/2019 3:11:20 AM Boeing's multibillion dollar contract to build U.S. astronaut capsules received an "unnecessary" extension from NASA, a watchdog report said on Thursday, the latest management blunders in the agency's program to restart domestic human spaceflight.
China completes crucial landing test for first Mars mission in 202011/14/2019 3:48:06 PM China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.
China's huge mysterious extinct ape 'Giganto' was an orangutan cousin11/13/2019 6:21:58 PM Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans.
Membrane in a minute: Singapore scientists produce in-vitro human skin11/13/2019 3:11:48 PM A piece of skin about the size of your thumbnail can be printed in less than a minute, scientists in Singapore say, a game-changing step for the future of non-animal testing for cosmetics and other products.
NASA unveils its first electric airplane - a work in progress11/9/2019 9:40:31 AM NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.
Prehistoric ape from Germany was a pioneer of two-legged walking11/6/2019 10:37:04 PM Fossils unearthed in southern Germany of a remarkable ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago may dramatically alter the understanding of the evolutionary origins of a fundamental human trait - walking upright on two legs.
New Zealand base for methane-measuring satellite mission11/6/2019 6:03:31 AM A satellite mission to measure global methane emissions from oil and gas facilities will be based in New Zealand, the government said on Wednesday, in a collaboration with a U.S. environmental group.
NASA probe provides insight on solar system's border with interstellar space11/5/2019 2:20:26 PM (The Nov 4 story corrects speed of cosmic rays in paragraph 10.)
Boeing tests space taxi, one of three parachutes does not open11/4/2019 8:18:46 PM Boeing Co said on Monday that one of three parachutes failed to deploy during an otherwise successful safety test of its unmanned CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, being developed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
China launches high-res satellite able to provide stereo imagery - CCTV11/3/2019 7:39:36 AM China launched a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite capable of providing stereoscopic imagery on Sunday, state-run media said, marking another important step as Beijing seeks to reduce reliance on foreign technology in topographic mapping.
Time for fungus? Indonesian watchmaker turns to mushroom leather11/1/2019 4:06:27 PM A watchmaker in Indonesia's Bandung city thinks the next step in sustainability is a wristwatch with a strap made out of the complex root structure of a mushroom.
Czech lab grows mustard plants for Mars11/1/2019 2:38:04 PM Czech scientists have opened a lab to experiment growing food for environments with extreme conditions and lack of water, such as Mars.
Humankind's ancestral 'homeland' pinpointed in Botswana10/28/2019 9:23:45 PM A large ancient wetlands region spanning northern Botswana - once teeming with life but now dominated by desert and salt flats - may represent the ancestral homeland of all of the 7.7 billion people on Earth today, researchers said on Monday.
Secretive military spaceplane lands in Florida after record-long orbital flight10/27/2019 8:08:41 PM The Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said, capping the latest test mission for an array of military technologies.
NASA plans to send water-hunting robot to moon surface in 202210/25/2019 6:46:56 PM NASA will send a golf cart-sized robot to the moon in 2022 to search for deposits of water below the surface, an effort to evaluate the vital resource ahead of a planned human return to the moon in 2024 to possibly use it for astronauts to drink and to make rocket fuel, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.
Post-apocalyptic fossils show rise of mammals after dinosaur demise10/24/2019 6:03:59 PM A revelatory cache of fossils dug up in central Colorado details as never before the rise of mammals from the post-apocalyptic landscape after an asteroid smacked Earth 66 million years ago and annihilated three-quarters of all species including the dinosaurs.
Google unveils quantum computer breakthrough; critics say wait a qubit10/23/2019 9:23:57 PM Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it had achieved a breakthrough in computing research by using a quantum computer to solve in minutes a complex problem that would take today's most powerful supercomputer thousands of years to crack.
Explainer: Google hails 'quantum supremacy', but don't chuck out your PC just yet10/23/2019 9:04:28 PM Researchers at Google say they have achieved 'quantum supremacy', in which a computer harnessing the properties of sub-atomic particles did a far better job of solving a problem than the world's most powerful supercomputer.
U.S. tech firm Maxar taps startup's software for moon mission10/23/2019 6:16:15 PM (This October 22 story has been refiled to correct headline to say software rather than robotics, first paragraph to clarify that the Olis software would run on a Maxar robotic arm, paragraphs 2 and 3 to state that the robotic arm belongs to Maxar, and paragraph 4 to remove reference to Olis building the robotic arm)
Manure, trash and wastewater: U.S. utilities get dirty in climate fight10/23/2019 6:08:28 PM Joey Airoso has always been proud of his cows, whose milk goes into the butter sold by national dairy company Land O'Lakes. Now he has something new to brag about: the vast amounts of gas produced by his 2,900-head herd is powering truck fleets, homes and factories across the state of California.