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The real 'Jaws': Great white shark's genetic secrets revealed2/19/2019 2:43:12 AM 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.Japan approves test of iPS cells for treating spinal injuries2/18/2019 12:17:48 PM 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.Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate change2/16/2019 4:05:15 PM 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.NASA mulls buying new rides to space from Russia amid program delays2/15/2019 10:30:06 PM 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.NASA bids adieu to Opportunity, the Mars rover that kept going and going2/14/2019 12:42:01 PM 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.Tanzanian 'beast' sheds light on gigantic dinosaur group2/14/2019 12:00:42 AM 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.Earth's earliest mobile organisms lived 2.1 billion years ago2/12/2019 12:06:18 AM 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.University of California to be granted pioneering CRISPR patent2/9/2019 6:24:59 AM 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.Mirror test hints at surprising cognitive abilities in fish2/8/2019 12:04:59 AM 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.Brick by Lego brick, teen builds his own prosthetic arm2/7/2019 5:19:49 PM 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.Memories made of this: USB stick found in frozen seal poo2/5/2019 8:54:40 PM Scientists in New Zealand say they have found a USB memory stick containing holiday photos inside a frozen slab of seal poo.'Thar she blows!' Scientists use drones to monitor whale health2/4/2019 10:43:13 PM The old cry of sailors sighting a whale's waterspout is taking on new meaning as scientists turn to drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, to gather samples of the fluids exhaled by the huge mammals and track their health.Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin signs launch deal with Canada's Telesat1/31/2019 11:29:30 PM Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, has signed a deal with Canada's Telesat to launch part of a satellite constellation aimed at providing speedy internet access to governments and businesses globally, the companies said on Thursday.Russian rocket glitch to delay satellite launch for U.S. startup OneWeb1/31/2019 11:41:24 AM The launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket set to carry satellites into space for U.S startup OneWeb has been delayed after an anomaly was discovered on the rocket, company chairman Greg Wyler said on Thursday.Siberian cave findings shed light on enigmatic extinct human species1/31/2019 1:15:35 AM Scientists using sophisticated techniques to determine the age of bone fragments, teeth and artifacts unearthed in a Siberian cave have provided new insight into a mysterious extinct human species that may have been more advanced than previously known.Defect found on Russian rocket ahead of U.S. OneWeb launch: agencies1/30/2019 5:53:11 PM A defect has been discovered on part of a Russian space rocket that is due to launch next month carrying satellites into orbit for U.S. startup OneWeb, two Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.Israel Aerospace, Germany's OHB parter in European moon mission1/29/2019 4:35:47 PM State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries on Tuesday said it has partnered with Germany's OHB System for a European Space Agency moon mission, which includes developing a lunar lander.Nuclear, climate threats keep Doomsday Clock close to apocalypse1/25/2019 12:14:28 AM A renewed nuclear arms race, rising greenhouse gas emissions and the emergence of state-sponsored disinformation campaigns have left the modern world as close to annihilation as it was at the height of the Cold War, atomic scientists said on Thursday.Odd duckbilled sea reptile thrived after ancient global calamity1/25/2019 12:00:15 AM In shallow warm seas about 247 million years ago in what is now China, an oddball marine reptile flourished in the aftermath of Earth's worst mass extinction, possessing a duckbilled snout and unusually small eyes that made it resemble a platypus.Root and branch reform: Swedish scientist makes fuel from tree waste1/24/2019 2:29:24 PM Might tree roots, twigs and branches one day be used to power cars? That's what a Swedish researcher is hoping after developing a pulp byproduct that - on a modest scale - does just that.