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Scientists win $3 million for detecting Einstein's waves


NEW YORK Researchers who helped detect gravitational waves for the first time, confirming part of Albert Einstein's theory in a landmark moment in scientific history, will share a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize, according to the prize's selection committee.


Solar-powered plane lands in Arizona on round-the-world flight 03 May 2016

LOS ANGELES A solar-powered airplane midway through a historic bid to circle the globe completed the 10th leg of its journey on Monday, landing in Arizona after a 16-hour flight from California, the project team said. | Video


Newly discovered planets may boost search for life beyond Earth 02 May 2016

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The discovery of three planets that circle a small, dim star could bolster the chances of finding life beyond Earth, astronomers said on Monday.


Second European-Russian mission to Mars delayed to 2020 02 May 2016

MOSCOW The second stage of a joint European-Russian mission to search for signs of life on Mars has been delayed from 2018 to 2020, the European Space Agency and Russia's Roscosmos said on Monday.


Astronomers find a tailless comet, first of its kind 30 Apr 2016

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Astronomers have found a first-of-its-kind tailless comet whose composition may offer clues into long-standing questions about the solar system's formation and evolution, according to research published on Friday in the journal Science Advances. | Video

ITER nuclear fusion project faces new delay, cost overrun: Les Echos 02 May 2016

PARIS The international ITER project to build a prototype nuclear fusion reactor will be delayed by more than a decade and faces another 4 billion euros of cost overruns, its director told French daily Les Echos.


Africa's giant eye in the sky proving worth its SALT 30 Apr 2016

SUTHERLAND, South Africa South Africa’s SALT telescope has helped detect the first white dwarf pulsar, the latest co-discovery that has astronomers eager to use the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere to unlock the galaxy's secrets.


China aims for manned moon landing by 2036 29 Apr 2016

BEIJING China wants to put astronauts on the moon by 2036, a senior space official said, the latest goal in China's ambitious lunar exploration program.


Bayer says its drug extends lives of liver cancer patients

FRANKFURT Bayer AG said on Thursday its Regorafenib cancer treatment drug helped extend the lives of liver cancer sufferers according to the results of a Phase III clinical trial.