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SpaceX set for first NASA-contracted supply mission

US firm SpaceX aims for its next big launch into orbit Sunday — the first of 12 flights in its $1.6 billion contract with NASA to bring supplies to and from the international space station. The launch is the next step in American efforts to commercialize the space industry, in…

Man dies in UK from Congo fever after flying home to Scotland from Afghanistan

A man has died of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever after flying home to Scotland from Afghanistan, in Britain’s first case of the deadly disease, health officials said Saturday. Two passengers who sat close to the 38-year-old man on a plane are undergoing daily health checks, although they have not yet shown…

Contaminated drug linked to deadly meningitis outbreak

A contaminated drug has been linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis that has claimed the lives of at least five people and sickened 34 others in six US states, health officials said Friday. Public health officials were contacting patients in 23 states who received the potentially contaminated steroid injection…

11-year-old Russian boy stumbles upon woolly mammoth find of the century

An 11-year-old boy from Russia’s north has stumbled upon a well-preserved woolly mammoth, in what scientists describe as the best such discovery since 1901. Yevgeny Salinder, whose family lives near a polar station in the northern Taimyr Peninsula, discovered the frozen animal when he was strolling along the banks of…

Archaeologists return to ancient Greek ‘computer’ wreck site: official

A new search has begun at a Greek island where an ancient device known as the world’s “oldest computer” was found over a century ago, an official said Thursday, adding that other discoveries were possible. Archaeologists this week returned to Antikythera, the Aegean Sea island where sponge divers in 1900-1901…

Study: Climate change disbelievers get most column space in U.S. and UK newspapers

Climate sceptics feature more prominently in newspapers in the US and UK than other countries, and their views are more likely to go unchallenged in right-leaning papers, an academic study has shown. Friday’s report, which was published in the Environmental Research Letters journal, delved deeper into data that was first published last year. For the…

Turd-eating worms clear air around Canadian toilets

Anyone relying on their nose to guide them to a toilet at Quebec’s La Providence golf course won’t find one — that’s because its outhouse is odorless. Beneath a tidy wooden latrine on the grounds is an army of earthworms that churn decaying organic materials into compost. The worm-powered design…

M&M’s-crazed bees make blue and green honey

Some French bees have the wrong kind of sweet tooth, and beekeepers from a dozen apiaries in the Alsace region say their taste for M&M’s from a nearby waste-processing plant means they are producing unsellable blue and green honey. Bees from a dozen apiaries in eastern France have been producing…

Healthy baby mice created from stem cells

Scientists have created mouse eggs from stem cells and used them to make healthy baby mice. The technique will help them study how eggs develop and also offers the potential to create eggs for infertile women. Mitinori Saitou of Kyoto University led a team that took stem cells from mice…

Mars rover to ‘sandblast’ sampling equipment

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is parked at a sand pit and ready to scoop up soil to clean and test its geological sampling hardware, the US space agency said Thursday. These will be the first solid samples put through Curiosity’s high-tech collection and processing tool set — a…

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