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Branson's Virgin Galactic takes another step toward space tourism2/22/2019 9:30:40 PM A Virgin Galactic rocket plane on Friday soared to the edge of space with a test passenger for the first time, nudging British billionaire Richard Branson’s company closer to its goal of suborbital flights for space tourists.Japanese space probe touches down on asteroid to collect samples2/22/2019 8:22:02 PM A Japanese space probe named after a falcon, Hayabusa 2, has touched down on an asteroid more than 300 million km (186 million miles) from Earth on a mission to seek clues about the origins of life, Japan's space agency said on Friday.Israel's first lunar lander launched into space from Florida2/22/2019 7:25:19 AM A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon's surface.SpaceX rocket launched carrying Israel's first lunar lander2/22/2019 1:57:43 AM A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel's first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to ever to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon's surface.Exclusive: SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space program2/21/2019 11:45:22 PM NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.Modest dinosaur dubbed 'harbinger of doom' set stage for T. rex2/21/2019 9:00:39 PM No one would ever look at the huge and ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex as an underdog. But its newly discovered evolutionary great uncle certainly was.Space crew unfazed ahead of first launch since rocket failure2/21/2019 2:38:18 PM Two astronauts who survived a midair rocket failure in October said on Thursday they had received counseling following their brush with death and felt ready to fly again next month.Why do zebras have stripes? They make bad landing strips for flies2/20/2019 8:23:27 PM Scientists are providing new evidence to answer the longstanding question about why zebras have stripes. It appears stripes make terrible landing strips, bamboozling the fierce blood-sucking flies that try to feast on zebras and carry deadly diseases.Israel's first moon mission set for liftoff from Florida Thursday2/20/2019 11:09:03 AM Israel's first spacecraft designed to land on the moon is set to blastoff from Florida on Thursday in the first privately-funded lunar mission, as the Jewish state seeks to become only the fourth nation to reach the surface of Earth's natural satellite.The real 'Jaws': Great white shark's genetic secrets revealed2/18/2019 11:13:12 PM The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world's oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature -- right down to its genes.Japan approves test of iPS cells for treating spinal injuries2/18/2019 8:47:48 AM Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday.Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate change2/16/2019 12:35:15 PM In a remote island outpost on the edge of the Antarctic, hundreds of miles from the southern tip of Chile, scientists at a research base are scouring the ice for clues about everything from climate change to cures for cancer.NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays2/15/2019 7:00:06 PM NASA said on Friday it was weighing an option to buy two additional astronaut seats aboard a Russian rocket as a contingency plan against further delays in the launch systems being developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX and Boeing Co.NASA bids adieu to Opportunity, the Mars rover that kept going and going2/14/2019 9:12:01 AM Opportunity, a remarkably durable NASA rover designed to roll along the surface of Mars for three months, has stopped communicating with Earth after 15 years of service, officials said on Wednesday, ending a mission that astounded the U.S. space agency.Tanzanian 'beast' sheds light on gigantic dinosaur group2/13/2019 8:30:42 PM A relatively complete skeleton of a long-necked, long-tailed plant-eater excavated from a rocky cliff above a Tanzanian river is providing insight into the early evolution of a dinosaur group that later included Earth's largest-ever land animals.Earth's earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago2/11/2019 8:36:18 PM Scientists have discovered in 2.1-billion-year-old black shale from a quarry in Gabon the earliest evidence of a revolutionary development in the history of life on Earth, the ability of organisms to move from one place to another on their own.University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent2/9/2019 2:54:59 AM The University of California will soon be granted a potentially valuable patent on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, according to a document filed by the U.S. patent office on Friday.Mirror test hints at surprising cognitive abilities in fish2/7/2019 8:34:59 PM A small tropical reef fish was able to recognize itself in a mirror, scientists said on Thursday in a finding that raises provocative questions about assessing self-awareness and cognitive abilities in animals.Brick by Lego brick, teen builds his own prosthetic arm2/7/2019 1:49:49 PM David Aguilar has built himself a robotic prosthetic arm using Lego pieces after being born without a right forearm due to a rare genetic condition.Memories made of this: USB stick found in frozen seal poo2/5/2019 5:24:40 PM Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poo.