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'Possibility of life': scientists map Saturn's exotic moon Titan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists on Monday unveiled the first global geological map of Saturn's moon Titan including vast plains and dunes of frozen organic material and lakes of liquid methane, illuminating an exotic world considered a strong candidate in the search for life beyond Earth. Read More


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High-tech Japan uses AI in song to welcome pope

TOKYO (Reuters) - Few aspects of life escape the touch of high tech in cutting-edge Japan, including an official song written to welcome Pope Francis when he visits Japan from Saturday. More »


Japan space probe on its way back after asteroid mission

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese space probe is heading home from an asteroid 250 million km (155 million miles) from Earth after collecting sub-surface samples that could help scientists seeking the origins of life, Japan's space agency said on Monday. More »


Spacecom's Amos-17 satellite completes test, reaches final orbit

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Space Communications said on Monday its Amos-17 communication satellite, which was launched into space in August, has completed its in-orbit testing and reached its final position. More »


Boeing received 'unnecessary' contract boost for astronaut capsule, watchdog says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing's multibillion dollar contract to build U.S. astronaut capsules received an "unnecessary" extension from NASA, a watchdog report said on Thursday, the latest management blunders in the agency's program to restart domestic human spaceflight. More »


China completes crucial landing test for first Mars mission in 2020

HUAILAI, China (Reuters) - China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year. More »


Membrane in a minute: Singapore scientists produce in-vitro human skin

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A piece of skin about the size of your thumbnail can be printed in less than a minute, scientists in Singapore say, a game-changing step for the future of non-animal testing for cosmetics and other products. More »


China's huge mysterious extinct ape 'Giganto' was an orangutan cousin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans. More »


NASA unveils its first electric airplane - a work in progress

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (Reuters) - NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert. More »


Prehistoric ape from Germany was a pioneer of two-legged walking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fossils unearthed in southern Germany of a remarkable ape that lived about 11.6 million years ago may dramatically alter the understanding of the evolutionary origins of a fundamental human trait - walking upright on two legs. More »


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