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Japanese data on cruise ship coronavirus infections backs quarantine strategy

TOKYO (Reuters) - 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. Read More


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Speed science: The risks of swiftly spreading coronavirus research

LONDON (Reuters) - 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. More »


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

WASHINGTON (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. More »


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

ATHENS (Reuters) - 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. More »


Car-sized prehistoric South American turtle was built for battle

WASHINGTON (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. More »


Oddly shaped celestial body Arrokoth sheds light on planet formation

WASHINGTON (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. More »


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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. More »


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

PARIS (Reuters) - 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. More »


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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. More »


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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. More »


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