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Curiosity rover on standby as NASA addresses computer glitch

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has been temporarily put into “safe mode,” as scientists monitoring from Earth try to fix a computer glitch, the US space agency said. Scientists switched to a backup computer Thursday so that they could troubleshoot the problem, said to be linked to a glitch in the…

Insects could be humans next food source… even if that gives you the creeps

A festival next month in London aims to take the yuck factor out of eating bugs and promote the environmental benefits Crunchy, full of protein and to be found under a rock near you. Insects have long been overlooked as food in all but a handful of places around the…

Singer Peter Gabriel pushing for ‘Interspecies Internet’ communications

Peter Gabriel joined big thinkers and one of the Internet’s founding fathers Friday in launching an “Interspecies Internet” for animals to communicate with us and each other. “Perhaps the most amazing tool man has created is the Internet,” the famous British singer said. “What would happen if we could somehow…

Student researchers discover building blocks of DNA in cosmic cloud

The beginnings of the beginnings of life, the fundamental building blocks of DNA and RNA, have been detected in cosmic clouds near the center of the Milky Way galaxy, student researchers at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announced Thursday. Using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to look…

SpaceX launches second rocket for cargo mission

Private space firm SpaceX launched its Falcon-9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Friday, carrying a resupply capsule to the International Space Station, NASA television showed. The rocket rapidly reached orbital altitude where it deployed the Dragon vehicle, carrying 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms) of supplies, on what was the…

Supermassive black hole’s high spin rate provides a direct clue as to how it grew

For the first time, scientists have measured the spin of a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy – a measurement that could help explain how these objects got so large. Supermassive black holes are thought to occupy the center of virtually every galaxy in the universe. They…

American teenager designs compact nuclear reactor

Eighteen-year-old Taylor Wilson has designed a compact nuclear reactor that could one day burn waste from old atomic weapons to power anything from homes and factories to space colonies. The American teen, who gained fame four years ago after designing a fusion reactor he planned to build in the garage…

Give needles and condoms to inmates to curb HIV: experts

Giving inmates drug substitution treatment, needles and condoms are key ways to help curb addiction and HIV infection in European jails, experts say, calling on authorities to change their approach to prison health care. “We support opioid substitution treatment and harm reduction measures, including needle exchange programmes. These measures are…

Scientists spot birth of giant planet

Astronomers using a powerful telescope in southern Chile said Thursday they have captured the first direct image of a protoplanet forming around another star, still embedded in thick gas and dust. An international team of researchers said the disc of gas and dust surrounding the young star HD 100546, located…

SpaceX prepares for third trip to the International Space Station

As US firm SpaceX prepares for its third launch to the space station Friday, NASA said there was nothing “particularly challenging” about a mission that a few months ago was unprecedented. Liftoff is set for 10:10 am local time (1510 GMT) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to launch the unmanned Dragon…

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