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Did asteroid that hit Australia help thaw ancient 'snowball Earth'?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have identified Earth's oldest-known impact crater, and in doing so may have solved a mystery about how our planet emerged from one of its most dire periods. Read More


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Hairy situation: Scientists explain how stress-related graying occurs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marie Antoinette's hair turned white overnight, according to folklore, before she was executed by guillotine in 1793 during the French Revolution. The ill-fated queen embodied an extreme example of the phenomenon of stress-induced graying of the hair. More »


SpaceX says 'picture perfect' test paves way for human mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a crucial abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule, a big step its mission to fly NASA astronauts for the first time as soon as this spring. More »


Deep-sea microbe sheds light on primordial evolutionary milestone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A microorganism scooped up in deep-sea mud off Japan's coast has helped scientists unlock the mystery of one of the watershed evolutionary events for life on Earth: the transition from the simple cells that first colonized the planet to complex cellular life - fungi, plants and animals including people. More »


'Dancing dragon' shows feathers grew differently on dinosaurs and birds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Velociraptor - is showing scientists that feathers grew differently on dinosaurs than on birds. More »


Brain freeze: Russian firm offers path to immortality for a fee

SERGIYEV POSAD, Russia (Reuters) - When Alexei Voronenkov's 70-year-old mother passed away, he paid to have her brain frozen and stored in the hope breakthroughs in science will one day be able to bring her back to life. More »


Bad weather forces delay of SpaceX simulated rocket failure test

CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - Bad weather forced Elon Musk's SpaceX to delay until Sunday a test in which it will destroy one of its own rockets in a trial of a crucial emergency abort system on an unmanned astronaut capsule. More »


Fly me to the moon: Japanese billionaire Maezawa seeks girlfriend for SpaceX voyage

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's search for a girlfriend to join him on a voyage around the moon will be the subject of a new documentary program, in the latest attention-grabbing stunt by the entrepreneur. More »


Oldest stuff on Earth found inside meteorite that hit Australia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A meteorite that crashed into rural southeastern Australia in a fireball in 1969 contained the oldest material ever found on Earth, stardust that predated the formation of our solar system by billions of years, scientists said on Monday. More »


Chinese woman with mystery virus quarantined in Thailand

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Chinese woman has been quarantined in Thailand with a mystery strain of coronavirus, authorities said on Monday, the first time it has been detected outside China. More »


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