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Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars12/12/2017 5:02:14 AMWASHINGTON - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.Three-man crew returns from space station: NASA TV12/14/2017 4:08:43 PM - A capsule carrying U.S., Russian and Italian astronauts from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a five-month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed.Waddling into history: huge ancient penguin inhabited New Zealand12/13/2017 5:09:23 PMWASHINGTON - Scientists have unearthed in New Zealand fossil bones of what might be the heavyweight champion of the penguin world, a bird nearly 6 feet tall (1.77 meters) that thrived 55 to 60 million years ago, relatively soon after the demise of the dinosaurs.Amber discovery shows 'Dracula' sucked blood of feathered dinosaurs12/13/2017 5:09:58 PMWASHINGTON - Ticks, the notorious disease-spreading parasites, have been making life miserable far longer than human beings have walked the Earth. Even dinosaurs felt their blood-sucking wrath.Europe moves closer to own satnav system with latest Galileo launch12/12/2017 10:43:39 PMBERLIN - Europe launched four more Galileo satellites on Tuesday, taking the number in orbit to 22 and moving a step closer to having its own navigation system, lessening its dependence on the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS.Colossal distant black hole holds surprises about early universe12/7/2017 3:29:44 AMWASHINGTON - The oldest and most distant black hole ever observed -- a celestial brute 800 million times more massive than the sun -- is providing scientists some surprises about the nature of the universe when, on a cosmic scale, it was a mere toddler.Oddball dinosaur was 'mixture between a Velociraptor and a goose'12/6/2017 9:37:59 PMWASHINGTON - A strange turkey-sized, bird-like dinosaur that boasted a swan's neck, arms resembling flippers, long legs and a mouth full of needle-like teeth staked out a unique amphibious lifestyle in rivers and lakes about 75 million years ago in Mongolia.Rats join mosquitoes as targets for 'gene drive' pest control12/5/2017 8:32:50 PMLONDON - Rodents have joined mosquitoes in the cross-hairs of scientists working on a next-generation genetic technology known as "gene drive" to control pests.Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study12/6/2017 1:27:46 PMWASHINGTON - Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday said.Singapore researchers' underwater robot inspired by manta ray12/4/2017 2:29:04 PMSINGAPORE - Researchers in Singapore have built an underwater robot that looks and swims like a manta ray, using only single motors and flexible fins to propel it through water in a manner uncannily like its biological cousin.