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SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life. Read More


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Britain considers setting up satellite system to rival EU's Galileo: FT

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is considering setting up a satellite navigation system to rival the European Union's Galileo project amid a row over attempts to restrict Britain's access to sensitive security information after Brexit, the Financial Times reported More »


Angola satellite inoperative, Russia to build another one

LUANDA (Reuters) - Russia's space agency said on Monday that Angola's first national telecoms satellite, AngoSat-1, was inoperative and Russia would build another one for launch in 2020. More »


Igor the Siberian tiger gets stem-cell hip treatment in Hungary

SZEGED, Hungary (Reuters) - Igor, a Siberian tiger in a Hungarian zoo, received stem-cell joint treatment on Wednesday which doctors hoped would help heal its hip and allow it to live happily, on less medicine. More »


Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture. More »


Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research. More »


More than 100 parts for NASA's Orion capsule to be 3D printed

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA's deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars. More »


Gerst aims to be 'nice boss' as first German ISS commander

COLOGNE (Reuters) - Astronaut Alexander Gerst says he aims to be a "nice boss" when he becomes the $100 billion International Space Station's first German commander later this year. More »


Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution

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GE rides gene therapy wave with ready-made viral drug factories

LONDON (Reuters) - General Electric is raising its bet on biotechnology with the launch of prefabricated manufacturing units for producing virus-based gene and cell therapies, novel anti-cancer treatments and vaccines. More »


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