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Solar plane lands in Spain after three-day Atlantic crossing


SEVILLE, Spain An airplane powered solely by the sun landed safely in Seville in Spain early on Thursday after an almost three-day flight across the Atlantic from New York in one of the longest legs of the first ever fuel-less flight around the world. | Video

Bat wings inspire new breed of drone 27 Jun 2016

The unique mechanical properties of bat wings could lead to a new breed of nature-inspired drone. A prototype built by researchers at the University of Southampton shows that membrane wings can have improved aerodynamic properties and fly over longer distances on less power. | Video

Human skin cells used in animal-free cosmetic tests 23 Jun 2016

A UK-based laboratory is working to eradicate animal testing in the cosmetics industry by developing alternative methods which are not only cruelty-free but more scientifically advanced than other current tests. | Video


Human flights to Mars still at least 15 years off: ESA head 22 Jun 2016

DARMSTADT, Germany Dreaming of a trip to Mars? You'll have to wait at least 15 years for the technology to be developed, the head of the European Space Agency (ESA) said, putting doubt on claims that the journey could happen sooner.


British astronaut Tim Peake would return to space station 'in a heartbeat' 21 Jun 2016

FRANKFURT Britain's first official astronaut said on Tuesday he would join another trip to the International Space Station "in a heartbeat" and would love to explore the moon.

India launches 20 satellites at one go; most to serve U.S. customers 22 Jun 2016

NEW DELHI India successfully launched 20 satellites in a single mission on Wednesday, with most of them set to serve international customers as the South Asian country pursues a bigger share of the $300 billion global space industry. | Video


Europe's robots to become 'electronic persons' under draft plan 21 Jun 2016

MUNICH, Germany Europe's growing army of robot workers could be classed as "electronic persons" and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the realities of a new industrial revolution.


Paul Allen's space company nears debut of world's biggest plane 20 Jun 2016

MOJAVE, Calif. A space launch company bankrolled by Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen intends to compete with space entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts by launching satellites into orbit from the world’s biggest airplane.


Capsule carrying space station crew lands in Kazakhstan 18 Jun 2016

ZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan A soyuz capsule bringing back three astronauts from the International Space Station, including the first to represent the British government, made a safe parachute landing on the steppe near the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan on Saturday. | Video


Einstein 2.0: gravitational waves detected for a second time 15 Jun 2016

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.,  The ground-breaking detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time postulated by Albert Einstein 100 years ago, that was announced in February was no fluke. Scientists said on Wednesday that they have spotted them for a second time.


Here's what's really in your multivitamin

Independent tests show that supplements don't always do what they promise, or even contain what they say. What you should know before buying a multivitamin.


Supreme Court firmly backs abortion rights, tosses Texas law

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas abortion law imposing strict regulations on doctors and facilities in the strongest endorsement of abortion rights in America in more than two decades. | Video