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Boeing says completed key design review for space taxi

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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.

SpaceX rocket terminated in Texas test flight, company says 7:03am BST

- A Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 9 rocket suffered an anomaly shortly after launch on a test flight in Texas on Friday, triggering its automatic termination system, the company said in a statement.

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Tire makers race to turn dandelions into rubber 20 Aug 2014

MUENSTER Germany - Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. | Video

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Our life with the Neanderthals was no brief affair 20 Aug 2014

LONDON - Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed along with their shorter and stockier cousins for thousands of years, giving plenty of time for the two groups to share ideas - and have sex.

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Spacewalking cosmonauts launch satellite, set up studies 18 Aug 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A pair of Russian cosmonauts began their work week on Monday floating outside the International Space Station to toss out a small satellite for a university in Peru, install science experiments and tackle some housekeeping chores.

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Specks of star dust likely first from beyond solar system 15 Aug 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A NASA spacecraft dispatched 15 years ago to collect samples from a comet also snared what scientists suspect are the first dust specks from interstellar space.

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'Mission Blue' film charts scientist's quest to save oceans 18 Aug 2014

NEW YORK - From the Galapagos Islands to Australia's Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary "Mission Blue" navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet's threatened seas.

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Rise of the machines? Tiny robot horde swarms to form shapes 14 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - They look vaguely like miniature hockey pucks skittering along on three pin-like metal legs, but a swarm of small robots called Kilobots at a laboratory at Harvard University is making a little bit of history for automatons everywhere.

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Experimental chikungunya vaccine shows promise in human trial 15 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - An experimental vaccine being developed by U.S. government scientists to prevent the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya has shown promise in its first human trials but remains years away from approval for widespread use.

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Japan sends Hello Kitty into space 14 Aug 2014

TOKYO - Hello Kitty, Japan's ambassador of cute, is on a government-funded mission to space.

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U.S. moves to ensure birth control access at religious companies

- The Obama administration will ensure access to birth control coverage for employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds to contraception, one of the health benefits mandated by the Affordable Care Act.