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Russian space agency says Trump paving way to seize other planets

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, accused Donald Trump on Tuesday of creating a basis to take over other planets by signing an executive order outlining U.S. policy on commercial mining in space. Read More


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Fossil teeth yield oldest genetic material from extinct human species

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have extracted from dental enamel the oldest human genetic material ever obtained, helping clarify the pivotal place in the human evolutionary lineage of a mysterious extinct species called Homo antecessor known from Spanish cave fossils. More »


Masks do reduce spread of flu and some coronaviruses, study finds

LONDON (Reuters) - Face masks could help limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers who studied the effect of surgical masks on the transmission of other corona and flu viruses. More »


Science platform ResearchGate launches COVID-19 community

BERLIN (Reuters) - ResearchGate, a social network site for scientists and researchers, has launched a new forum to facilitate collaboration between COVID-19 experts on research into beating the flu-like disease caused by the novel coronavirus. More »


Boeing plans to retest Starliner flight after botched mission

(Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Monday it would send its Starliner astronaut spacecraft on another unmanned mission to the International Space Station, months after its last flight was cut short because of a software bug. More »


Astronomers spot 'missing link' black hole - not too big and not too small

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have detected a mid-size black hole - considered the "missing link" in the understanding of these celestial brutes - eviscerating an unfortunate star that strayed too close. More »


Chilean telescopes that explore galaxies brought down to earth by coronavirus

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean telescopes that comb the skies seeking answers about some of the universeĀ“s most fundamental questions have confirmed they, too, have fallen victim to the mass disruption brought about by the new coronavirus. More »


Chinese scientists seeking potential COVID-19 treatment find 'effective' antibodies

BEIJING (Reuters) - A team of Chinese scientists has isolated several antibodies that it says are "extremely effective" at blocking the ability of the new coronavirus to enter cells, which eventually could be helpful in treating or preventing COVID-19. More »


Frozen and desolate Antarctica once boasted warm, swampy rainforests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Antarctica is now a harsh land of ice and snow, but has not always been that way. More »


Landmark skull fossil provides surprising human evolution clues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery over the age of a landmark skull found in 1921 in Zambia - the first fossil of an extinct human species discovered in Africa - in research with big implications for deciphering the origin of our own species. More »


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