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Millions of Americans await awe-inspiring total solar eclipse

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SALMON, Idaho/MURPHY, N.C. Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. | Video

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Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era 19 Aug 2017

HOUSTON As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era.

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Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation 19 Aug 2017

TOKYO Japan on Saturday launched an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said.

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Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons 19 Aug 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. Next week's solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun. | Video

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Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse 17 Aug 2017

When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere.

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Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts 14 Aug 2017

KYOTO, Japan The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel - wood.

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Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind's remote past 10 Aug 2017

WASHINGTON The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch 12 Aug 2017

TOKYO Japan on Saturday postponed the planned launch of an H-2A rocket tasked to put a geo-positioning satellite into orbit due to possible helium gas leakage, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said.

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans 11 Aug 2017

Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday.

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Chinese quantum satellite sends 'unbreakable' code 11 Aug 2017

BEIJING China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday.

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AstraZeneca ups investment in messenger RNA drugs with Ethris deal

FRANKFURT AstraZeneca has stepped up its investment in messenger RNA drugs, a promising approach in genetic therapy, by spending more than 25 million euros ($29 million) on a research alliance with German biotech start-up Ethris.