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Archaeologists uncover amphitheatre used to train gladiators near Vienna

Archaeologists say they have located and excavated the ruins of a huge amphitheatre used to train gladiators east of Vienna, describing it as a "sensational discovery".

NASA: Space station may be evacuated by late November

Astronauts may need to take the unprecedented step of temporarily abandoning the International Space Station if last week's Russian launch accident prevents new crews from flying there this fall.


Space Station Crew Closely Watching Russian Rocket Crash Investigation

Astronauts on the International Space Station are keeping a close eye on the investigation into the recent crash of a Russian rocket in order to learn how it will impact their mission in orbit.

Astronomers discover planet made of diamond

Ben Hirschler Reuters 27.08.2011
Astronomers discover planet made of diamond

Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.


It's alive! Space station's humanoid robot awake

MARCIA DUNN Yahoo! News 23.08.2011
It's alive! Space station's humanoid robot awake

NASA's humanoid robot has finally awakened in space. Ground controllers turned Robonaut on Monday for the first time since it was delivered to the International Space Station in February. The test involved sending power to all of Robonaut's system...

Rewinding evolution: Scientists alter chicken DNA to create embryo with 'alligator-like' snout

Scientists have undone the progress made by evolution by altering chicken DNA to create embryos with alligator-like snouts instead of beaks.


Aliens may destroy humanity to protect other civilisations, say scientists

It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

SpaceX's next mission is to the International Space Station. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based private rocket maker said Monday its Dragon capsule will launch on Nov. 30 on a cargo test run to the orbiting outpost. SpaceX said the launch will be followe...


HK scientists 'show time travel is impossible'

Hong Kong physicists say they have proved that a single photon obeys Einstein's theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light -- demonstrating that outside science fiction, time travel is impossible.

150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs: Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three years

Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories. The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.


UK scientists want human-animal tests monitored

British scientists say a new expert body should be formed to regulate experiments mixing animal and human DNA to make sure no medical or ethical boundaries are crossed.

It's a dog's life as Labrador receives pacemaker in Hong Kong first

A 6-year-old Labrador called Oscar has made veterinary history in Hong Kong after being given a heart pacemaker, a newspaper report said Thursday.


Space robot to practice refueling satellites

Irene Klotz Reuters 12.07.2011
Space robot to practice refueling satellites

With the end of the space shuttle program in sight, the U.S. government intends to stimulate development of private space transportation and also to lay the foundation for an entire new industry to service satellites in orbit.

Astronomers Observe Colossal Saturn Storm

It began as a bright white dot in Saturn’s northern hemisphere. Within days, the dot grew larger and stormier. Soon the tempest enveloped the ringed planet, triggering lightning flashes thousands of times more intense than on Earth.


Russia gains edge in space race as US shuttle bows out

As the United States winds down its shuttle programme in a symbolic twist in a long-running space rivalry, Russia will gain complete control of access to the International Space Station.

Hong Kong scientists make vision 'breakthrough'

Scientists in Hong Kong said Monday they had made a "breakthrough" discovery in how animals see and react to changing light conditions, which could ultimately help fight a range of human diseases.


Space debris a growing problem

Breitbart.com 29.06.2011
Space debris a growing problem

A scare triggered by orbital debris that on Tuesday came within a couple of hundred metres (yards) of the International Space Station (ISS) sheds light on an acutely worsening problem.

Moon Dust Found At Auction House

Kevin Killeen CBS St Louis 24.06.2011
Moon Dust Found At Auction House

It came from outer space, but ended up for sale at a St. Louis auction house. Then the feds stepped in. “There have been rumors about this material being on the black market for years,” said U.S Attorney Richard Callahan. “But no one knew for sure.”


Archaeologists to raise ancient Egyptian ship

Egyptian and Japanese archaeologists on Thursday began to unearth an ancient boat belonging to King Khufu and buried near the Giza pyramids for more than 4,500 years.

Scientists Unlock Secrets Of Planet Mercury

It’s way too hot to handle, but scientists in Maryland are unlocking secrets of the planet Mercury. Alex DeMetrick reports one of those secrets might just turn out to be very cool.



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