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Prehistoric ochre mining operation found in submerged Mexican caves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers diving into dark submerged caves on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula have found evidence of an ambitious mining operation starting 12,000 years ago and lasting two millennia for red ochre, an earth mineral pigment prized by prehistoric peoples. Read More


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Rocket Lab vehicle fails to reach orbit, loses payload of satellites

(Reuters) - A rocket from small-satellite launch firm Rocket Lab failed to reach orbit minutes after a successful liftoff from New Zealand on Saturday, the company said, losing its payload of seven small satellites it had intended to carry to space. More »


Australian scientists discover ancient underwater Aboriginal sites

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's first underwater archaeological sites off its west coast dating to more than 7,000 years ago will help with the understanding of the cultural and technology development of its first peoples, scientists said Thursday. More »


Surviving core of ill-fated Jupiter-like planet spotted near distant star

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A rocky planet 39 times as massive as Earth has been spotted orbiting a distant star at breakneck speed, with astronomers concluding it may be the surviving core of a planet once perhaps larger than Jupiter that was stripped of its gaseous atmosphere. More »


How to rid East Africa of locusts? Serve them in a kebab or drive them to cannibalism

NAIROBI, (Reuters) - Eat them, poison them, and use scent to drive them to cannibalism - as a second wave of locusts threatens to devour East Africa's crops, scientists in a Nairobi lab are experimenting with novel ways to kill them. More »


Blood cell damage may explain low oxygen levels; two vaccines show promise in early testing

(Reuters) - The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. More »


Italy's Cassandra: the scientist who challenged WHO guidelines

ROME (Reuters) - Andrea Crisanti says his one regret is that he didn't yell loudly enough at the beginning, when the dead had yet to pile up.  More »


It is rocket science: EU to speed up space ambitions, Breton says

PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union will plough more money into rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday. More »


Planets around nearby star are intriguing candidates for extraterrestrial life

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Up to three planets - potentially rocky like Earth - have been spotted around a star located relatively near our solar system - a planetary system offering astronomers intriguing possibilities in the search for signs of extraterrestrial life. More »


Bear-sized wombat cousin roamed Australia 25 million years ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A powerfully built relative of modern wombats that was the size of a black bear roamed Australia's woodlands about 25 million years ago, possessing shovel-shaped hands and strong forelimbs indicating it was an adept digger, scientists said on Thursday. More »


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