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Scientists find Earth-like planet circling sun's nearest neighbor


Scientists have discovered a planet that appears to be similar to Earth circling the star closest to the sun, potentially a major step in the quest to find out if life exists elsewhere in the universe, research published on Wednesday showed. | Video


China shows first images of Mars rover, aims for 2020 mission 24 Aug 2016

BEIJING China has showed off its first images of a rover it plans to sent to Mars in mid-2020, which is designed to explore the planet surface for three months, state media said, the latest aim of China's ambitious space program.


GM mustard clears hurdle in India but more remain 25 Aug 2016

NEW DELHI A government panel has cleared commercial use of what would be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, but politicians still have to give final approvals amid wide-spread public opposition.


What are the origins of life? There's a rocket for that 22 Aug 2016

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA scientists are putting the finishing touches on a spacecraft designed to rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 to find clues about the origins of life. | Video


U.S. astronauts prepare station for commercial space taxis 19 Aug 2016

Two NASA astronauts completed a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday to install a parking spot for upcoming commercial space taxis, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outpost.


China launches 'hack-proof' communications satellite 16 Aug 2016

BEIJING China on Tuesday launched the world's first quantum satellite, which will help it establish "hack-proof" communications between space and the ground, state media said, the latest advance in an ambitious space program.


Long-term study links neonicotinoids to wild bee declines 16 Aug 2016

LONDON Wild bees that forage from oilseed rape crops treated with insecticides known as neonicotinoids are more likely to undergo long-term population declines than bees that forage from other sources, according to the findings of an 18-year study.


Long in the tooth: the Greenland shark may live four centuries 12 Aug 2016

WASHINGTON The Greenland shark, a big and slow-moving deep-ocean predator that prowls the frigid waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic, can claim the distinction of being the planet's longest-living vertebrate, with a lifespan perhaps reaching about 400 years. | Video

Rare tarantulas hatch at British zoo 12 Aug 2016

A clutch of around 200 rare Montserrat tarantulas have successfully hatched at a British zoo in what keepers hailed on Friday as a first in breeding such spiders. | Video

Scientists hope new test could help contain meningitis outbreaks 24 Aug 2016

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A test has been developed that could help diagnose bacterial infections including meningitis in minutes, but it could take several years before a cheap testing device is available to developing countries, scientists said on Wednesday.


Protect your brain against Alzheimer’s disease

Once stigmatized, Alzheimer’s has moved into the mainstream. Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and almost everyone knows someone affected. But experts say that prevention is possible, and that there are things we can do now to reduce our risk of developing the disease later.


Mylan offers discounts on EpiPen amid wave of criticism

Mylan NV said on Thursday it would reduce the out-of-pocket costs of its emergency EpiPen allergy injection for some patients amid a wave of criticism from lawmakers and the public over the product's rapidly escalating price. | Video