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Billionaire Elon Musk outlines plans for humans to colonize Mars


GUADALAJARA, Mexico SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday. | Video


Hubble spots evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa 27 Sep 2016

Astronomers on Monday said they have spotted evidence of water vapor plumes rising from Jupiter's moon Europa, a finding that might make it easier to learn whether life exists in the warm, salty ocean hidden beneath its icy surface.

Scientists find new fat clues in faeces 26 Sep 2016

LONDON Scientists in Britain have found a new link between the diversity of bacteria in human poo - the human fecal microbiome - and levels of harmful types of body fat.


SpaceX blast investigation suggests breach in oxygen tank's helium system 23 Sep 2016

DALLAS A SpaceX rocket that burst into flames on its launch pad at the beginning of this month likely suffered a large breach in its upper-stage helium system, the company said on Friday.


Work on sex life of rats, life as a badger honored at Ig Nobel Prizes 23 Sep 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Scientific research into how polyester pants affect the sex life of rats, what it's like for a human to live like a badger and how different the world looks when viewed through your legs was honored at this year's Ig Nobel spoof awards.


Moonlight sonata: fish's nocturnal 'singing' secrets revealed 22 Sep 2016

WASHINGTON In one of the marvels of nature, males of a fish species called the plainfin midshipman that dwells in Pacific coastal waters from Alaska to Baja California court females during breeding season using a nocturnal "love song" with an otherworldly sound.


Hard-headed: prehistoric Texas reptile boasted bony domed skull 22 Sep 2016

WASHINGTON In a warm, lush region of West Texas crisscrossed with rivers, a bizarre reptile roamed the Triassic Period landscape about 228 million years ago, boasting a bony domed head unlike almost any creature that ever appeared on Earth.


Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to end epic trek with comet crash landing 22 Sep 2016

FRANKFURT/BERLIN After 12 years chasing a comet across more 6 billion km of space, European scientists will end the historic Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on the surface of the dusty, icy body at the end of the month.


SpaceX says accident probe will not slow space taxi effort 15 Sep 2016

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. SpaceX on Thursday said efforts to develop and certify a space taxi for NASA are not being slowed by an investigation into a launch pad fire that destroyed its rocket and a $200 million Israeli communications satellite.


China launches second experimental space lab module 16 Sep 2016

BEIJING China launched its second experimental space laboratory on Thursday, part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022. | Video


What health experts do to stay healthy

We asked doctors and scientists in the fields of sleep, skin cancer, heart health and more for their best advice for living longer, healthier and happier.


Thailand rules out Zika link in two microcephaly cases; investigating two

BANGKOK Thailand ruled out on Wednesday Zika as the cause of two cases of microcephaly but is investigating two other cases that could be the first linked to Zika in Southeast Asia of the condition that results in babies being born with small heads.