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Russia uncovers 40,000 year-old wolf head, preserved in ice

MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 40,000 years ago, a wolf died in what we know as Siberia. Now its severed head has been found, and because of the freezing conditions, it is so well preserved that its fur, teeth, brain and facial tissue are largely intact. Read More


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High times in ancient China revealed in funerary cannabis discovery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana chemical residue has been found in incense burners apparently used during funerary rites at a mountainous site in western China in about 500 BC, providing what may be the oldest evidence of smoking cannabis for its mind-altering properties. More »


India plans to launch own space station: space agency

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will look to create its own space station following the completion of the country's first manned mission into space in 2022, its space agency chief said on Thursday. More »


India set to launch second lunar mission; land rover on the moon

BENGALURU (Reuters) - India said on Wednesday it will launch its second lunar mission in mid-July, as it moves to consolidate its status as a leader in space technology by achieving a controlled landing on the moon. More »


Hungarian scientists mull legal action over government controls

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The head of Hungary's oldest scientific institute said it was considering taking legal action to challenge government moves to take more control over research work and budgets. More »


Rocket firm Relativity signs lease with NASA for new robotic 3D printing factory

(Reuters) - Relativity Space, a venture-backed rocket maker, said on Tuesday it will lease space from NASA in Mississippi, where its gigantic 3D printers will produce low-cost rockets to be used to launch small-payload satellites into orbit. More »


Ocado sows $22 million 'vertical farming' seed to diversify

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Ocado is plowing 17 million pounds ($22 million) into the emerging "vertical farming" industry, further diversifying the online grocer and technology group's business. More »


Trump criticizes NASA moon mission after promoting it earlier

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized NASA for aiming to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and urged the space agency to focus instead on "much bigger" initiatives like going to Mars, undercutting his previous support for the lunar initiative. More »


Solar eclipse frenzy fuels astronomical tourism in Chile

LA SERENA, Chile (Reuters) - The total solar eclipse expected in northern Chile early next month is already drawing flocks of visitors eager to glimpse a rare view of the phenomenon through the region's clear skies. More »


Richard Branson takes satellite launch business to Japan with airline ANA

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit said on Thursday it plans to bring its satellite launch system to Japan in partnership with airline operator ANA Holdings Inc, which will provide maintenance and possibly aircraft. More »


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