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U.N. aviation body to mull space safety as space taxis ready for flight


MONTREAL - The United Nation's civil aviation body, currently wrestling with how to help airlines maintain safety over conflict zones, is taking first steps toward protection for commercial vessels in space.


SpaceX aims to step up launch rate with next mission for NASA 19 Sep 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A cargo version of the spaceship being developed by privately owned Space Exploration Technologies is slated to launch early Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the company's second launch in 13 days.


It's not a small world after all: world population will soar 18 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday.

India's Mars mission enters last lap; faces crucial test on September 24 18 Sep 2014

NEW DELHI - India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race.

Florida scientists urge state leaders to join climate summit 18 Sep 2014

TALLAHASSEE - A group of 42 scientists from Florida universities submitted a joint letter on Thursday urging Governor Rick Scott and other state leaders to participate in a summit this fall to seek solutions for climate change.

U.S. government warns Oregon researchers about monkey care 19 Sep 2014

PORTLAND Ore. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has warned a major research hospital that it provides inadequate veterinary care to monkeys at its primate research center, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) said on Thursday.


Boeing's 'space taxi' includes seat for a tourist 18 Sep 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program.


Genetic history of modern Europeans a tangled tale, research finds 17 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - The genetic origins of modern Europeans may be more complicated than previously thought.


Boeing-Lockheed venture picks Bezos engine for future rockets 17 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance (ULA), a Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp joint venture, said on Wednesday it would invest heavily in a new rocket engine being developed by Inc founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin.


Ingredion bans new GMO corn at plant, mulls fate of second type 18 Sep 2014

CHICAGO - Ingredion Inc, manufacturer of sweeteners and starches made from corn, will not buy a new variety of genetically modified corn developed by Syngenta AG, according to a notice on the ingredients supplier's website on Wednesday.


Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

FREETOWN - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. | Video