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NASA says new heavy-lift rocket debut not likely until 2018


CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, designed to fly astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually Mars, likely will not have its debut test flight until November 2018, nearly a year later than previous estimates, agency officials said on Wednesday. NASA is 70 percent confident of making a November 2018 launch date, given the technical, financial and management hurdles the Space Launch System faces on the road to development, NASA associate administrators Robert Li

Nasty, brutish and artsy? Neanderthal hashtag engraving found 01 Sep 2014

NEW YORK - Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species.


Scientists solve mystery of moving Death Valley rocks 29 Aug 2014

LOS ANGELES - A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged on Thursday, when researchers published a study showing the driving force was sheets of wind-driven ice.


Texas family to part ways with skeleton of mammoth found on its farm 26 Aug 2014

DALLAS - A North Texas family, who discovered the skeleton of a 20,000- to 40,000-year-old mammoth while mining through sediment on their farm, is preparing to turn over the remains to a local museum.

Tricking memory in lab animals stokes hope for PTSD 27 Aug 2014

NEW YORK - The frailty of remembrance might have an upside: When a memory is recalled, two research teams reported on Wednesday, it can be erased or rewired so that a painful recollection is physically linked in the brain to joy and a once-happy memory to pain.

SpaceX delays launch after test rocket explosion 27 Aug 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - Space Exploration Technologies will delay the launch of its next Falcon 9 rocket by up to two weeks following Friday’s explosion of a related prototype vehicle during a flight test, officials said on Tuesday.


Boeing says completed key design review for space taxi 21 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - Boeing Co has completed a key review of its design for a new commercial venture to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, making it the only one of four rival bidders to finish the NASA work on time, company officials said on Thursday.

U.S. says non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality 26 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - A new method for removing allergens from peanuts means help could soon be on the way for the roughly 2.8 million Americans with a potentially life-threatening allergy to the popular food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.


Rare blue lobster trapped by Maine father-daughter team 26 Aug 2014

MANCHESTER N.H. - A Maine teenager and her father have landed a one-in-two-million catch - a blue lobster.

Satellite error sets back EU's ambitious satnav program 25 Aug 2014

BRUSSELS - The European Commission said on Monday it still had confidence in its plans to build a rival to the U.S. satellite navigation system despite a problem with the latest launch of satellites for the network.


McDonald's to boost China supplier audits after food safety scandal

SHANGHAI - McDonald's Corp will increase the number of audits it conducts of suppliers in China, the firm said on Tuesday, after a food scandal in July dented China sales at the U.S. fast food chain and rival Yum Brands Inc.