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China launches first cargo spacecraft

Beijing, April 20 China on Thursday launched its first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in Hainan province, authorities said.

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'$19.1 billion budget positive for NASA'

'$19.1 billion budget positive for NASA'

Washington, May 24 At $19.1 billion, NASA has a very positive budget, said the agency's acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot after President Donald Trump released his fiscal 2018 budget request for the federal govern...

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First human ancestors evolved in Europe, not in Africa: Study

First human ancestors evolved in Europe, not in Africa: Study

Toronto, May 23 Based on an analysis of 7.2-million-year-old fossil remains, a new study claims that the split of the common lineage of great apes and humans probably occurred in Europe and not -- as customarily assum...

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3.3-million-year-old fossil unravels origins of human spine

3.3-million-year-old fossil unravels origins of human spine

New York, May 23 An analysis of a 3.3 million years old fossil skeleton has revealed portions of the human spinal structure that enable efficient walking motions were established much earlier than previously thought. ...

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Did Earth form from a donut-shaped planetary object?

Did Earth form from a donut-shaped planetary object?

New York, May 23 Early in its history, our home planet was likely a huge, spinning, donut-shaped mass of hot, vaporised rock, now called a "synestia", according to a new study. ...

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Orbital details of TRAPPIST-1's outermost planet confirmed

Orbital details of TRAPPIST-1's outermost planet confirmed

Washington, May 23 Using NASA's Kepler space telescope, scientists have confirmed that the outermost and least understood planet in the TRAPPIST-1 system orbits its star every 19 days. ...

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NASA astronauts gear up for emergency spacewalk on Tuesday

NASA astronauts gear up for emergency spacewalk on Tuesday

Washington, May 22 Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct an emergency spacewalk on Tuesday to replace a failed data relay box which is part of a system to control key station hardware, NAS...

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T-shirt that monitors breathing in real time

T-shirt that monitors breathing in real time

Toronto, May 20 Researchers have created a smart T-shirt that monitors the wearer's respiratory rate in real time and works without any wires, electrodes or sensors attached to the user's body. ...

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SpaceX Dragon to deliver crew supplies, research to ISS

SpaceX Dragon to deliver crew supplies, research to ISS

Washington, May 20 SpaceX will launch its Dragon spacecraft for its 11th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre on June 1. ...

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Titan evolved more like Mars than Earth, show river maps

Titan evolved more like Mars than Earth, show river maps

New York, May 19 The origins of topography or surface elevations on Saturn's largest moon Titan may have more in common with the history of Martian landscapes than that of Earth, show an analysis of river maps of the ...

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Astronomers find moon around third largest dwarf planet

Astronomers find moon around third largest dwarf planet

Washington, May 19 Combining the power of several space observatories, including NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, catalogued as 2007 OR10. ...

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What caused first mass extinction of life on Earth?

What caused first mass extinction of life on Earth?

New York, May 18 A large volcanic eruption may have triggered the first mass extinction of life, in which nearly 80 per cent of the species were lost, a study has shown. ...

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Even 'dumb AI' can boost human performance

Even 'dumb AI' can boost human performance

New York, May 18 Rather than rendering people jobless, artificial intelligence -- even "dumb AI" which is not very sophisticated -- can boost performance of human groups, suggests new research. ...

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NASA probes detect man-made bubble around Earth

NASA probes detect man-made bubble around Earth

Washington, May 18 Humans have long been shaping Earth's landscape, but now scientists know that we also can shape our near-space environment with radio communications. ...

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China approves clinical trial of albumin from rice

China approves clinical trial of albumin from rice

Beijing, May 17 China's food and drug authority has approved a clinical trial of human blood protein yielded from transgenic rice seeds, which could lead to large-scale production of much-needed plasma. ...

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Heavy rainfall changed Mars' surface long ago: Study

Heavy rainfall changed Mars' surface long ago: Study

Washington, May 17 Heavy rain on Mars reshaped the planet's impact craters and carved out river-like channels on its surface billions of years ago, says a study. ...

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