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Science & Space7 hours ago

People attend a mourning ceremony and a funeral for Alexei Leonov, the first man to conduct a space walk in 1965, in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, Russia October 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Hundreds of Russians bade farewell to cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space, at a solemn funeral ceremony on Tuesday which culminated in a gun salute.

World Newsa day ago

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, stand together at a news conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., October 14, 2019.     REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work fighting poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory.

Science & Spacea day ago

A two-color composite image shows comet 2I/Borisov captured by the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, U.S. September 10, 2019. This image was taken with eight 60-second exposures, four in green and four in red bands, in this handout obtained October 14, 2019. Gemini Observatory/U.S. National Science Foundation/AURA/Handout via REUTERS

The second interstellar object ever spotted passing through the solar system is a comet that appears quite like those formed in our neighborhood of the cosmos, providing fresh evidence that other planetary systems may be very similar to our own.

Business News4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins/File Photo

Stratolaunch Systems Corp, the space company founded by late billionaire and Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> co-founder Paul Allen, said on Friday it was continuing operations after transitioning ownership, but did not name the new owner.

Environment4 days ago

Genetically modified cotton plants with an edible cottonseed trait are seen growing near Belvidere, North Carolina, U.S., in this image released October 11, 2019.   Texas A&M University/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light for genetically modified cotton to be used for human consumption, paving the way for a protein-packed new food source - edible cottonseed that tastes a bit like chickpeas - that its developers said could help tackle global malnutrition.

Science & Space4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (L), the first human to conduct a space walk, and his compatriot Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman cosmonaut, attend a ceremony in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Remezov/File Photo

Alexei Leonov, who became the first human to walk in space in 1965, died on Friday at the age of 85 after a long illness, Russia's TASS news agency reported.

Environment4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Pelicans silhouetted by a setting sun fly as they look for fish along the California coastline near Leucadia, California November 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

((This story corrects to remove temperature conversions in fifth paragraph))

Science & Space5 days ago

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (L) and SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon Musk shake hands after a tour of SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, U.S. October 10, 2019. REUTERS/ Gene Blevins

SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule will be ready for its first manned flight into orbit in the first quarter of next year provided "everything goes according to plan" in upcoming tests, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday.

Science & Space5 days ago

A new lunar rover which will explore the moon in 2021, is seen unveiled in London, Britain October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stuart McDill

A lunar rover which will explore the moon on foot in 2021 was unveiled in London on Thursday.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: One of the last looks at Saturn and its main rings as captured by the spacecraft Cassini in images taken October 28, 2016 and released September 11, 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Handout via REUTERS

Saturn is now being recognized as the "moon king" of our solar system, with astronomers spotting 20 more of them orbiting the giant ringed planet, bringing its total count to 82 - three more than Jupiter.

World Newsa day ago

Nirmala Banerjee, mother of Abhijit Banerjee, one of the winners of 2019 Nobel Economics Prize, speaks on the phone at her house in Kolkata, India, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Indian politicians and academics cheered the Nobel economics prize awarded on Monday to Indian-born American Abhijit Banerjee, whose proud mother told visitors crowding into her apartment that he came from "a family of economists".

Environment6 days ago

A reconstruction of the skull of the large meat-eating dinosaur Siamraptor suwati based on fossils unearthed in Thailand is seen in this image released on October 9, 2019. Soki Hattori and Duangsuda Chokchaloemwong/Handout via REUTERS

Fossils of a large carnivorous dinosaur that was a top predator about 115 million years ago have been unearthed in Thailand -- a brute that was among the early members of an impressive group of flesh-ripping dinosaurs known for their shark-like teeth.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The moon rises near the town of Kalavrita, Greece, August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A decade after NASA sent a rocket crashing into the moon's south pole, spewing a plume of debris that revealed vast reserves of ice beneath the barren lunar surface, the space agency is racing to pick up where its little-remembered project left off.

ESG6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier attends a joint news conference after a meeting in Paris, France, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

Germany should aim to be a leader in technologies needed to make and utilize hydrogen, which offers a green alternative to fossil fuels in the shift toward a low carbon economy, the economy minister said on Wednesday.

World News6 days ago

A screen displays the portraits of the laureates of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (L-R) John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino "for the development of lithium-ion batteries" during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, October 9, 2019. Naina Helen Jama/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

Three scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for putting power in peoples pockets by developing rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which made the global information technology, mobile and fossil-fuel free revolutions possible.

Science & Space6 days ago

Swiss scientist Michel Mayor, one of the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics, speaks during a lecture in Torrejon de Ardoz, near Madrid, Spain October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Swiss scientist Michel Mayor, who shared the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics, said on Wednesday he was concerned about how hard is it for young physicists to make a living from their science work.

World News7 days ago

Goran K Hansson (C), Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and academy members Mats Larsson (L) and Ulf Danielsson, announce winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, October 8, 2019. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for revealing the wonder of the evolution of the universe and discovering planets orbiting distant suns.

World News7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Nick Hague of the U.S. gestures after donning space suits shortly before launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan March 14, 2019.  REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday bestowed a prestigious state award for courage on Nick Hague, the U.S. astronaut who survived a botched space launch last year.

Science & Space7 days ago

The pioneering four-limb robotic system, or exoskeleton, that is commanded and controlled by signals from the patient's brain is seen following a news conference after Thibault, a 28-year-old man, paralyzed from the shoulders down, had been able to walk using it at the French research center Clinatec in Grenoble, France, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

The French tetraplegic man who has been able to walk again using a pioneering four-limb robotic system, or exoskeleton, said walking was a major feat for him after being immobile for years.

Science & Space8 days ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a bone-building drug from Pfenex Inc to treat osteoporosis in certain patients at high risk for fractures, giving the company its first commercial product.

Science & Space7 hours ago

People attend a mourning ceremony and a funeral for Alexei Leonov, the first man to conduct a space walk in 1965, in Mytishchi, outside Moscow, Russia October 15, 2019.  REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Hundreds of Russians bade farewell to cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space, at a solemn funeral ceremony on Tuesday which culminated in a gun salute.

World Newsa day ago

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, stand together at a news conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., October 14, 2019.     REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S.-based economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work fighting poverty that has helped millions of children by favoring practical steps over theory.

Science & Spacea day ago

A two-color composite image shows comet 2I/Borisov captured by the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, U.S. September 10, 2019. This image was taken with eight 60-second exposures, four in green and four in red bands, in this handout obtained October 14, 2019. Gemini Observatory/U.S. National Science Foundation/AURA/Handout via REUTERS

The second interstellar object ever spotted passing through the solar system is a comet that appears quite like those formed in our neighborhood of the cosmos, providing fresh evidence that other planetary systems may be very similar to our own.

Business News4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The world's largest airplane, built by the late Paul Allen's company Stratolaunch Systems, makes its first test flight in Mojave, California, U.S. April 13, 2019.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins/File Photo

Stratolaunch Systems Corp, the space company founded by late billionaire and Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O> co-founder Paul Allen, said on Friday it was continuing operations after transitioning ownership, but did not name the new owner.

Environment4 days ago

Genetically modified cotton plants with an edible cottonseed trait are seen growing near Belvidere, North Carolina, U.S., in this image released October 11, 2019.   Texas A&M University/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light for genetically modified cotton to be used for human consumption, paving the way for a protein-packed new food source - edible cottonseed that tastes a bit like chickpeas - that its developers said could help tackle global malnutrition.

Science & Space4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (L), the first human to conduct a space walk, and his compatriot Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman cosmonaut, attend a ceremony in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, June 7, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Remezov/File Photo

Alexei Leonov, who became the first human to walk in space in 1965, died on Friday at the age of 85 after a long illness, Russia's TASS news agency reported.

Environment4 days ago

FILE PHOTO: Pelicans silhouetted by a setting sun fly as they look for fish along the California coastline near Leucadia, California November 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

((This story corrects to remove temperature conversions in fifth paragraph))

Science & Space5 days ago

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (L) and SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon Musk shake hands after a tour of SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, U.S. October 10, 2019. REUTERS/ Gene Blevins

SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule will be ready for its first manned flight into orbit in the first quarter of next year provided "everything goes according to plan" in upcoming tests, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday.

Science & Space5 days ago

A new lunar rover which will explore the moon in 2021, is seen unveiled in London, Britain October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stuart McDill

A lunar rover which will explore the moon on foot in 2021 was unveiled in London on Thursday.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: One of the last looks at Saturn and its main rings as captured by the spacecraft Cassini in images taken October 28, 2016 and released September 11, 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Handout via REUTERS

Saturn is now being recognized as the "moon king" of our solar system, with astronomers spotting 20 more of them orbiting the giant ringed planet, bringing its total count to 82 - three more than Jupiter.

World Newsa day ago

Nirmala Banerjee, mother of Abhijit Banerjee, one of the winners of 2019 Nobel Economics Prize, speaks on the phone at her house in Kolkata, India, October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Indian politicians and academics cheered the Nobel economics prize awarded on Monday to Indian-born American Abhijit Banerjee, whose proud mother told visitors crowding into her apartment that he came from "a family of economists".

Environment6 days ago

A reconstruction of the skull of the large meat-eating dinosaur Siamraptor suwati based on fossils unearthed in Thailand is seen in this image released on October 9, 2019. Soki Hattori and Duangsuda Chokchaloemwong/Handout via REUTERS

Fossils of a large carnivorous dinosaur that was a top predator about 115 million years ago have been unearthed in Thailand -- a brute that was among the early members of an impressive group of flesh-ripping dinosaurs known for their shark-like teeth.

Science & Space6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The moon rises near the town of Kalavrita, Greece, August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A decade after NASA sent a rocket crashing into the moon's south pole, spewing a plume of debris that revealed vast reserves of ice beneath the barren lunar surface, the space agency is racing to pick up where its little-remembered project left off.

ESG6 days ago

FILE PHOTO: German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier attends a joint news conference after a meeting in Paris, France, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

Germany should aim to be a leader in technologies needed to make and utilize hydrogen, which offers a green alternative to fossil fuels in the shift toward a low carbon economy, the economy minister said on Wednesday.

World News6 days ago

A screen displays the portraits of the laureates of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (L-R) John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino "for the development of lithium-ion batteries" during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, October 9, 2019. Naina Helen Jama/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

Three scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for putting power in peoples pockets by developing rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which made the global information technology, mobile and fossil-fuel free revolutions possible.

Science & Space6 days ago

Swiss scientist Michel Mayor, one of the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics, speaks during a lecture in Torrejon de Ardoz, near Madrid, Spain October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Swiss scientist Michel Mayor, who shared the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics, said on Wednesday he was concerned about how hard is it for young physicists to make a living from their science work.

World News7 days ago

Goran K Hansson (C), Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and academy members Mats Larsson (L) and Ulf Danielsson, announce winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, October 8, 2019. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency/via REUTERS

Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for revealing the wonder of the evolution of the universe and discovering planets orbiting distant suns.

World News7 days ago

FILE PHOTO: The International Space Station (ISS) crew member Nick Hague of the U.S. gestures after donning space suits shortly before launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan March 14, 2019.  REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday bestowed a prestigious state award for courage on Nick Hague, the U.S. astronaut who survived a botched space launch last year.

Science & Space7 days ago

The pioneering four-limb robotic system, or exoskeleton, that is commanded and controlled by signals from the patient's brain is seen following a news conference after Thibault, a 28-year-old man, paralyzed from the shoulders down, had been able to walk using it at the French research center Clinatec in Grenoble, France, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

The French tetraplegic man who has been able to walk again using a pioneering four-limb robotic system, or exoskeleton, said walking was a major feat for him after being immobile for years.

Science & Space8 days ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a bone-building drug from Pfenex Inc to treat osteoporosis in certain patients at high risk for fractures, giving the company its first commercial product.

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