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The real 'Jaws': Great white shark's genetic secrets revealed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. Read More


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Japan approves test of iPS cells for treating spinal injuries

TOKYO (Reuters) - 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. More »


NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - 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. More »


Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate change

KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica (Reuters) - 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. More »


NASA bids adieu to Opportunity, the Mars rover that kept going and going

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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. More »


Tanzanian 'beast' sheds light on gigantic dinosaur group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. More »


Earth's earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. More »


Brick by Lego brick, teen builds his own prosthetic arm

SANT CUGAT, Spain (Reuters) - 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. More »


University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent

(Reuters) - 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. More »


Mirror test hints at surprising cognitive abilities in fish

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. More »


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