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  • Skull of ancient human found in burned Brazilian museum

    October 19, 2018 8:00 PM 84

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The skull of Luzia, the oldest known human fossil in the Americas, was found by researchers combing through debris at Brazil’s National Museum, which burned down in September, the Museum said on Friday. The skull, though damaged, was protected by a cabinet that fell over the glass box it was encased in, the museum’s deputy

  • Modified cotton could be human food source after U.S. green light

    October 17, 2018 2:47 PM 80

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators have cleared the way for farmers to grow a cotton plant genetically modified to make the cottonseed edible for people, a protein-packed potential new food source that could be especially useful in cotton-growing countries beset with malnutrition. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection

  • Famous 15-foot gator named 'Chubbs' returns to Florida golf course

    October 16, 2018 9:22 PM 143

    A famous "giant" alligator nicknamed "Chubbs" got ready for another round of golf over the weekend. The nearly 15-foot gator went viral in 2016 after casually strolling across the grass at Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida, as shocked golfers stared. Afterward, Sarasota resident Charles Helms shared a short clip of the "monstrous" creature

  • $1 million for a penny? Extremely rare 1792 coin set for auction

    October 16, 2018 8:16 PM 81

    One of the very first pennies produced in the U.S., the 1792 Birch Cent, will soon be auctioned off and is estimated to be worth $1 million. One of the very first pennies produced in the U.S., estimated to be worth $1 million, will be auctioned in Baltimore next week. The 1792 Birch Cent will be auctioned by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore

  • Russia may delay cargo flight to ISS after accident: space agency

    October 12, 2018 7:55 AM 64

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may delay a planned unmanned cargo shipment to the International Space Station (ISS) after the failure of a manned flight the previous day, Sergei Krikalev, a senior official from Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Friday. The space station’s next re-supply mission had been scheduled for late October, but the unmanned Progress

  • Soyuz crew will spend one night in hospital for medical checks

    October 11, 2018 2:49 PM 83

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The two-man U.S.-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft, U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, will spend one night in a hospital in Baikonur for medical checks, Interfax quoted an unnamed source as saying on Thursday. The spacecraft made an emergency landing earlier on Thursday near the city of Zhezkazgan in central

  • Soyuz emergency landing could result in major payout for insurer Soglasie

    October 11, 2018 2:49 PM 72

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Soyuz spacecraft’s emergency landing on Thursday could become one of the biggest payouts for Russian insurance firm Soglasie in decades if it turns out to be an insurance case, Soglasie was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. The insurer said it was looking into the incident to see whether it was liable, Interfax reported

  • Russia hopes USA will be understanding about "Soyuz" incident

    October 11, 2018 10:33 AM 93

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Thursday he hoped the United States would be understanding about a malfunction that occurred during a launch of the “Soyuz” spacecraft. He was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency that manned space flights would be suspended until an investigation into the causes of the malfunction

  • US, Russia space crew aborts mission after booster failure

    October 11, 2018 9:08 AM 160

    An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut returned safely to Earth on Thursday after a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station failed shortly after launch. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexey Ovchinin were in good condition after making an emergency landing in Kazakhstan, NASA officials said. The pair lifted

  • Hubble space telescope goes into 'safe mode' over faulty gyroscope

    October 8, 2018 7:18 PM 82

    NASA, we have a problem: one of the Hubble Space Telescope’s gyroscopes – devices which are needed to keep the telescope in the right direction during observations – is not working. “On Friday, the Hubble Space Telescope went into safe mode due to a failed gyro – used to keep the telescope precisely pointed for long periods,” NASA explained in a tweet