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U.S.-Russian crew reaches space station for year-long stay

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, sending a U.S.-Russia crew to the International Space Station for a year-long flight, a NASA Television broadcast showed. | Video

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Primordial sea creature with spiky claws unearthed in Canada 27 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - A fossil site in the Canadian Rockies that provides a wondrous peek into life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has offered up the remains of an intriguing sea creature, a four-eyed arthropod predator that wielded a pair of spiky claws.

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Valeo's self-driving car systems learn from Safran drones 27 Mar 2015

PARIS - French auto parts maker Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade.

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U.S. Air Force overstepped bounds in SpaceX certification: report 26 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force overstepped its bounds as it worked to certify privately held SpaceX to launch military satellites, undermining the benefit of working with a commercial provider, an independent review showed on Thursday.

EU to resume Galileo satellite launch program 26 Mar 2015

BRUSSELS - The European Union is set to send two navigation satellites into orbit on Friday aboard a Russian rocket, in its first launch since a botched deployment in August that cost several million euros to fix.

Jockey motion tracking reveals racing prowess 26 Mar 2015

A research team from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is using motion tracking technology to try to establish the optimal riding position for jockeys, as well as enhance the performance of racehorses and reduce the risk of injury to both horse and jockey. The project, entitled "Apprentice to Journeyman: the influence of jockey technique on thoroughbred racehorse locomotion", is analyzing the riding style of more experienced jockeys compared with novice riders to try to determine if the techniq | Video

Delta rocket blasts off from Florida with improved GPS satellite 25 Mar 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday to deliver the ninth of 12 next-generation Global Positioning System satellites into orbit. | Video

NASA picks an asteroid rock to pave the road to Mars 25 Mar 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - A NASA robot ship will pluck a large boulder off an asteroid and sling it around the moon, becoming an ad hoc destination to prepare for future human missions to Mars, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday.

Supermassive blackhole detector ready for business 25 Mar 2015

The Sierra Negra volcano in the central Mexican state of Puebla is the site of an ambitious astrophysical project which houses the largest gamma ray observatory ever built on the planet. | Video

Smartphone use changing our brain and thumb interaction, say researchers 25 Mar 2015

Typing text messages, scrolling web pages, and checking your email on your smartphone could be changing the way your thumbs and brain interacts. That's according to researchers from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and University of Fribourg. | Video