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   Science & Space8 hours ago

Genetic study shows the red panda is actually two separate species

   FILE PHOTO: A one year old Red Panda sits in the trees having only recently arrived to a brand new enclosure at the Manor Wildlife Park, St Florence, near Tenby in Wales, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/File Photo 

   (This February 26 story corrects spelling of researcher's last name, paragraph 8)
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   ESG3 days ago

JPMorgan raises clean energy spending goals, profit targets unchanged 

   FILE PHOTO: The J.P.Morgan logo is seen at Canary Wharf financial district in London, Britain, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause/File Photo 

   JPMorgan Chase & Co  largely maintained its key profit goals for the medium term on Tuesday, signaling steady but slower growth, and raised its financial commitment for clean-energy initiatives after years of pressure from environmental activists.
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   Science & Space4 days ago

Shake it, baby! NASA robotic lander confirms quakes on Mars

   FILE PHOTO: A life-size model of the spaceship Insight, NASA's first robotic lander dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars, is shown at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, U.S. November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake 

   NASA's robotic InSight lander has for the first time established that Mars is seismically active, but do not call the shaking, rattling and rolling taking place on the Red Planet earthquakes. The proper term, fittingly, is marsquakes.
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   Entertainment News3 days ago

Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician portrayed in 'Hidden Figures', dies at 101

   FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington November 24, 2015. Johnson is a pioneer in American space history. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo 

   Katherine Johnson, the black woman whose mathematical genius took her from a behind-the-scenes job in a segregated NASA as portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures" to a key role in sending humans to the moon, died on Monday at the age of 101, NASA said.
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   Environment3 days ago

Billion-year-old Chinese seaweed is oldest green plant fossil

   A green seaweed fossil from China dating back 1 billion years is seen using a microscope in this photograph released by Virgina Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia U.S. February 24, 2020. Virginia Tech/Handout via REUTERS. 

   Scientists have spotted in rocks from northern China what may be the oldest fossils of a green plant ever found, tiny seaweed that carpeted areas of the seafloor roughly a billion years ago and were part of a primordial revolution among life on Earth.
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   World News8 days ago

Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy

   Passengers wait for transportation after leaving the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama Port, south of Tokyo, Japan, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon 

   Newly released data from a Japanese research institute appears to back the government's case that its quarantine strategy for the Diamond Princess cruise ship was successful in stemming contagion of the coronavirus among passengers.
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   World News9 days ago

Speed science: The risks of swiftly spreading coronavirus research

   FILE PHOTO: A medical worker holds a thermometer to check a passenger's temperature at a checkpoint as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Susong County, Anhui province, China, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/ 

   One scientific post suggests links between the new coronavirus and AIDS, a second says it may have passed to people via snakes, while a third claims it is a pathogen from outer space.
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   Science & Space9 days ago

Did Neanderthals bury their dead with flowers? Iraq cave yields new clues

   A view of the entrance to Shanidar Cave in the foothills of the Baradost Mountains in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, the site where fossils of 10 Neanderthals have been unearthed is seen in an undated photo. Courtesy of Graeme Barker/Handout via REUTERS. 

   A Neanderthal skeleton unearthed in an Iraqi cave already famous for fossils of these extinct cousins of our species is providing fresh evidence that they buried their dead - and intriguing clues that flowers may have been used in such rituals.
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   Science & Space10 days ago

Robots, clocks and computers: How Ancient Greeks got there first

   The automatic servant of Philon from the 3rd century BC, is seen at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in Athens, Greece February 13, 2020. Picture taken February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas 

   A humanoid figure dressed as a maid holds a jug in its right hand and, as hidden gears click and whirr, lifts it and pours wine into a cup a bystander has placed into the palm of its left.
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   Environment15 days ago

Car-sized prehistoric South American turtle was built for battle

   The huge extinct freshwater turtle Stupendemys geographicus, that lived in lakes and rivers in northern South America during the Miocene Epoch, is seen in an illustration released February 12, 2020. J. A. Chirinos/Handout via REUTERS. 

   One of the largest turtles that ever lived prowled the lakes and rivers of northern South America from about 13 million years ago to 7 million years ago - and this car-sized freshwater beast was built for battle.
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   Science & Space14 days ago

'Ghost' ancestors: African DNA study detects mysterious human species

   FILE PHOTO: Yinka Sotomi stands atop Oluma Rock, a spiritual site for the Yoruba tribe, overlooking the city of Abeokuta in southern Nigeria, April 16, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly/File Photo 

   Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago in Africa, the latest evidence of humankind's complicated genetic ancestry.
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   Science & Space14 days ago

Oddly shaped celestial body Arrokoth sheds light on planet formation

   FILE PHOTO: A composite image shows the Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth from NASA New Horizons Spacecraft Data. NASA/Handout via REUTERS. 

   A vaguely hourglass-shaped icy object called Arrokoth residing in the far reaches of the solar system - the most distant body ever explored by a spacecraft - is giving scientists intriguing clues about the formation of the planets including Earth.
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   World News17 days ago

Novacyt biotech company says winning race for high-speed virus test

   Police in protective gear wait to evacuate residents from a public housing building, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 

   Franco-British biotech company Novacyt says it can offer a coronavirus test that is faster than rival methods by focusing on a narrow sequence of DNA coding, as it fights stiff competition to turn the outbreak into a business opportunity.
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   Politics17 days ago

White House calls for biggest NASA budget in decades to reach the moon, Mars

   U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks during the White House Business Session with the nation's governors in the State Dining Room of the White House, Washington, DC, U.S., February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Theiler 

   The White House on Monday asked Congress for $25.2 billion for NASA in 2021, the agency's biggest budget in decades, calling for steady increases over five years to meet President Donald Trump's goal of landing astronauts on the moon and Mars.
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   Technology News18 days ago

Solar probe embarks on unprecedented mission to map sun's polar regions

   The Solar Orbiter spacecraft, built for NASA and the European Space Agency, lifts off from pad 41 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket as the full moon is seen above at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Joe Rimkus Jr. 

   A new probe built by NASA and the European Space Agency set off on a blazing hot journey to the sun on Sunday to take the first close-up look at the star's polar regions, a mission expected to yield insight into how solar radiant energy affects Earth.
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   Science & Space20 days ago

Latest solar probe to get first close up of the sun's polar regions

   European Space Agency Solar Orbiter Project Manager Cesar Garcia discusses the agency's science mission to the sun during a pre-launch news conference at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, February, 7, 2020. REUTERS/Steve Nesius 

   A new spacecraft built jointly by U.S. and European space agencies is ready for a blazing journey to the sun to capture an unprecedented view of its two poles, an angle that could help researchers understand how the star’s vast bubble of magnetic energy affects Earth.
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   Science & Space20 days ago

The bitter end: Last woolly mammoths plagued by genetic defects

   FILE PHOTO: A visitor looks at a complete mammoth skeleton that is displayed before its auction by Aguttes auction house in Lyon, France, November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot/File Photo 

   The world's last woolly mammoths, sequestered on an Arctic Ocean island outpost, suffered from serious genetic defects caused by generations of inbreeding that may have hampered traits such as sense of smell and male fertility in the doomed population.
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   Environment20 days ago

Fireflies threatened globally, with light pollution a glaring problem

   FILE PHOTO: Fireflies seeking mates light up in synchronized bursts inside a forest at Santa Clara sanctuary near the town of Nanacamilpa, Tlaxcala state, Mexico, July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo 

   Fireflies are under threat globally, with familiar hazards such as habitat loss and pesticides compounded by another peril: humankind's ubiquitous nighttime artificial light that plays havoc with their balletic nocturnal courtship, scientists said.
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   Science & Space20 days ago

OneWeb launches 34 satellites from Kazakh cosmodrome in global internet push

   A Soyuz rocket carrying a batch of 34 OneWeb satellites blasts off from a launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan February 7, 2020. Russian State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS/Handout via REUTERS 

   The UK firm OneWeb launched 34 satellites from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on Friday as part of its effort to provide global high-speed internet access using satellite communications by 2021.
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   Business News21 days ago

Boeing's botched Starliner test flirted with 'catastrophic' failure: NASA panel

   FILE PHOTO: The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, atop a ULA Atlas V rocket, stands at launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Nesius/File Photo 

   Boeing narrowly missed a "catastrophic failure" during its December flight test of an unmanned space taxi that was cut short by an unrelated problem, a NASA safety review panel said Thursday, recommending that the agency examine Boeing's software verification process before letting it fly humans to space.
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   Science & Space8 hours ago

Genetic study shows the red panda is actually two separate species

   FILE PHOTO: A one year old Red Panda sits in the trees having only recently arrived to a brand new enclosure at the Manor Wildlife Park, St Florence, near Tenby in Wales, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/File Photo 

   (This February 26 story corrects spelling of researcher's last name, paragraph 8)
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   ESG3 days ago

JPMorgan raises clean energy spending goals, profit targets unchanged 

   FILE PHOTO: The J.P.Morgan logo is seen at Canary Wharf financial district in London, Britain, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause/File Photo 

   JPMorgan Chase & Co  largely maintained its key profit goals for the medium term on Tuesday, signaling steady but slower growth, and raised its financial commitment for clean-energy initiatives after years of pressure from environmental activists.
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   Science & Space4 days ago

Shake it, baby! NASA robotic lander confirms quakes on Mars

   FILE PHOTO: A life-size model of the spaceship Insight, NASA's first robotic lander dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars, is shown at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, U.S. November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake 

   NASA's robotic InSight lander has for the first time established that Mars is seismically active, but do not call the shaking, rattling and rolling taking place on the Red Planet earthquakes. The proper term, fittingly, is marsquakes.
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   Entertainment News3 days ago

Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician portrayed in 'Hidden Figures', dies at 101

   FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington November 24, 2015. Johnson is a pioneer in American space history. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo 

   Katherine Johnson, the black woman whose mathematical genius took her from a behind-the-scenes job in a segregated NASA as portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures" to a key role in sending humans to the moon, died on Monday at the age of 101, NASA said.
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   Environment3 days ago

Billion-year-old Chinese seaweed is oldest green plant fossil

   A green seaweed fossil from China dating back 1 billion years is seen using a microscope in this photograph released by Virgina Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia U.S. February 24, 2020. Virginia Tech/Handout via REUTERS. 

   Scientists have spotted in rocks from northern China what may be the oldest fossils of a green plant ever found, tiny seaweed that carpeted areas of the seafloor roughly a billion years ago and were part of a primordial revolution among life on Earth.
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   World News8 days ago

Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy

   Passengers wait for transportation after leaving the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama Port, south of Tokyo, Japan, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon 

   Newly released data from a Japanese research institute appears to back the government's case that its quarantine strategy for the Diamond Princess cruise ship was successful in stemming contagion of the coronavirus among passengers.
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   World News9 days ago

Speed science: The risks of swiftly spreading coronavirus research

   FILE PHOTO: A medical worker holds a thermometer to check a passenger's temperature at a checkpoint as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Susong County, Anhui province, China, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/ 

   One scientific post suggests links between the new coronavirus and AIDS, a second says it may have passed to people via snakes, while a third claims it is a pathogen from outer space.
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   Science & Space9 days ago

Did Neanderthals bury their dead with flowers? Iraq cave yields new clues

   A view of the entrance to Shanidar Cave in the foothills of the Baradost Mountains in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, the site where fossils of 10 Neanderthals have been unearthed is seen in an undated photo. Courtesy of Graeme Barker/Handout via REUTERS. 

   A Neanderthal skeleton unearthed in an Iraqi cave already famous for fossils of these extinct cousins of our species is providing fresh evidence that they buried their dead - and intriguing clues that flowers may have been used in such rituals.
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   Science & Space10 days ago

Robots, clocks and computers: How Ancient Greeks got there first

   The automatic servant of Philon from the 3rd century BC, is seen at Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology in Athens, Greece February 13, 2020. Picture taken February 13, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas 

   A humanoid figure dressed as a maid holds a jug in its right hand and, as hidden gears click and whirr, lifts it and pours wine into a cup a bystander has placed into the palm of its left.
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   Environment15 days ago

Car-sized prehistoric South American turtle was built for battle

   The huge extinct freshwater turtle Stupendemys geographicus, that lived in lakes and rivers in northern South America during the Miocene Epoch, is seen in an illustration released February 12, 2020. J. A. Chirinos/Handout via REUTERS. 

   One of the largest turtles that ever lived prowled the lakes and rivers of northern South America from about 13 million years ago to 7 million years ago - and this car-sized freshwater beast was built for battle.
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   Science & Space14 days ago

'Ghost' ancestors: African DNA study detects mysterious human species

   FILE PHOTO: Yinka Sotomi stands atop Oluma Rock, a spiritual site for the Yoruba tribe, overlooking the city of Abeokuta in southern Nigeria, April 16, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly/File Photo 

   Scientists examining the genomes of West Africans have detected signs that a mysterious extinct human species interbred with our own species tens of thousands of years ago in Africa, the latest evidence of humankind's complicated genetic ancestry.
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   Science & Space14 days ago

Oddly shaped celestial body Arrokoth sheds light on planet formation

   FILE PHOTO: A composite image shows the Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth from NASA New Horizons Spacecraft Data. NASA/Handout via REUTERS. 

   A vaguely hourglass-shaped icy object called Arrokoth residing in the far reaches of the solar system - the most distant body ever explored by a spacecraft - is giving scientists intriguing clues about the formation of the planets including Earth.
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   World News17 days ago

Novacyt biotech company says winning race for high-speed virus test

   Police in protective gear wait to evacuate residents from a public housing building, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 

   Franco-British biotech company Novacyt says it can offer a coronavirus test that is faster than rival methods by focusing on a narrow sequence of DNA coding, as it fights stiff competition to turn the outbreak into a business opportunity.
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   Politics17 days ago

White House calls for biggest NASA budget in decades to reach the moon, Mars

   U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks during the White House Business Session with the nation's governors in the State Dining Room of the White House, Washington, DC, U.S., February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Theiler 

   The White House on Monday asked Congress for $25.2 billion for NASA in 2021, the agency's biggest budget in decades, calling for steady increases over five years to meet President Donald Trump's goal of landing astronauts on the moon and Mars.
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   Technology News18 days ago

Solar probe embarks on unprecedented mission to map sun's polar regions

   The Solar Orbiter spacecraft, built for NASA and the European Space Agency, lifts off from pad 41 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket as the full moon is seen above at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Joe Rimkus Jr. 

   A new probe built by NASA and the European Space Agency set off on a blazing hot journey to the sun on Sunday to take the first close-up look at the star's polar regions, a mission expected to yield insight into how solar radiant energy affects Earth.
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   Science & Space20 days ago

Latest solar probe to get first close up of the sun's polar regions

   European Space Agency Solar Orbiter Project Manager Cesar Garcia discusses the agency's science mission to the sun during a pre-launch news conference at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, February, 7, 2020. REUTERS/Steve Nesius 

   A new spacecraft built jointly by U.S. and European space agencies is ready for a blazing journey to the sun to capture an unprecedented view of its two poles, an angle that could help researchers understand how the star’s vast bubble of magnetic energy affects Earth.
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   Science & Space20 days ago

The bitter end: Last woolly mammoths plagued by genetic defects

   FILE PHOTO: A visitor looks at a complete mammoth skeleton that is displayed before its auction by Aguttes auction house in Lyon, France, November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot/File Photo 

   The world's last woolly mammoths, sequestered on an Arctic Ocean island outpost, suffered from serious genetic defects caused by generations of inbreeding that may have hampered traits such as sense of smell and male fertility in the doomed population.
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   Environment20 days ago

Fireflies threatened globally, with light pollution a glaring problem

   FILE PHOTO: Fireflies seeking mates light up in synchronized bursts inside a forest at Santa Clara sanctuary near the town of Nanacamilpa, Tlaxcala state, Mexico, July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo 

   Fireflies are under threat globally, with familiar hazards such as habitat loss and pesticides compounded by another peril: humankind's ubiquitous nighttime artificial light that plays havoc with their balletic nocturnal courtship, scientists said.
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   Science & Space20 days ago

OneWeb launches 34 satellites from Kazakh cosmodrome in global internet push

   A Soyuz rocket carrying a batch of 34 OneWeb satellites blasts off from a launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan February 7, 2020. Russian State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS/Handout via REUTERS 

   The UK firm OneWeb launched 34 satellites from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on Friday as part of its effort to provide global high-speed internet access using satellite communications by 2021.
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   Business News21 days ago

Boeing's botched Starliner test flirted with 'catastrophic' failure: NASA panel

   FILE PHOTO: The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, atop a ULA Atlas V rocket, stands at launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Nesius/File Photo 

   Boeing narrowly missed a "catastrophic failure" during its December flight test of an unmanned space taxi that was cut short by an unrelated problem, a NASA safety review panel said Thursday, recommending that the agency examine Boeing's software verification process before letting it fly humans to space.
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