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Solar plane takes off from Egypt on final leg of world tour

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CAIRO An aircraft powered by solar energy left Egypt on Sunday on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the globe. | Video

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Mind over gray matter: new map lays out brain's cerebral cortex 20 Jul 2016

WASHINGTON Neuroscientists acting as cartographers of the human mind have devised the most comprehensive map ever made of the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for higher cognitive functions such as abstract thought, language and memory.

China completes world's largest amphibious aircraft: Xinhua 23 Jul 2016

SHANGHAI China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft after seven years of work, which it plans to use to perform marine rescue missions and fight forest fires, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Stunning aurora footage captured from ISS 21 Jul 2016

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams shared a stunning aurora display on Sunday as he passed over the Earth. | Video

Newly developed wheel converts any bicycle into an electric vehicle 21 Jul 2016

Right off the bat, Michael Burtov said he and his team at technology startup GeoOrbital did not re-invent the wheel. | Video

Fish can recognise human faces, study finds 20 Jul 2016

Scientists have shown for the first time how a species of tropical fish can distinguish between human faces. The archerfish used in experiments could demonstrate the ability to a high degree of accuracy; despite lacking the crucial neocortex part of the brain which other animals use for sophisticated visual recognition. | Video

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Argentine fossils shed light on vicious group of dinosaurs 21 Jul 2016

WASHINGTON Fossils of a carnivorous dinosaur unearthed in Argentina are shedding new light on an intriguing group of predators that apparently were just as happy to slash victims to death with sickle-shaped hand claws as to chomp them into an early grave.

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SpaceX rocket lifts off on cargo run, then lands at launch site 18 Jul 2016

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from Florida early on Monday to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station, then turned around and landed itself back at the launch site.

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NASA's new mission: improving food security in West Africa 20 Jul 2016

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A drive by NASA to stream climate data to West African nations using its earth-observing satellites could boost crop production in a region hit hard by climate change, experts say.

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Boeing aims for supersonics and Mars at outset of second century 17 Jul 2016

SEATTLE The Boeing Co marked its centennial on Friday with plans to sharpen its focus on innovation, including ambitious projects for supersonic commercial flight and a rocket that could carry humans to other planets.

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The right way to run

Making small changes to your gait can help you move more efficiently and even avoid injuries.

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Up to 1.65 million women of childbearing age at risk for Zika

CHICAGO As many as 1.65 million women of childbearing age in Central and Latin America are at risk of being infected with Zika, resulting in tens of thousands of pregnancies that could be affected by the mosquito-borne virus that is linked with severe birth defects.