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Lunar robots put to the test on Sicily's Mount Etna

A robot wheels across a rocky, windswept landscape that looks like the surface of some distant planet from a science fiction film. But it is not in outer space, it's on the slopes of Europe's most active volcano. Mount Etna, in Sicily, is a test bed for the approximately three-foot …

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3rd time's the charm for SpaceX comsat launch

After last-second delays Sunday and Monday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket finally roared to life and streaked away from the Kennedy Space Center Wednesday evening, boosting a high-power Intelsat communications satellite into orbit in the California rocket builder's third flight in less than two weeks.

The launching capped few particularly …

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400 -year-old shark could hold secret to longer life

A 400-year-old shark could hold the genetic secrets to a longer life, according to a group of scientists working with the University of Exeter. They're working to map the DNA of the Greenland shark, which can live for hundreds of years, to better understand their longevity.

The ‘long-life’ genes could …

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Giant 'white wanderer' poised to break free

Everybody is fascinated by icebergs. The idea that you can have blocks of frozen water the size of cities, and bigger, sparks our sense of wonder.

British astronaut Tim Peake photographed one from orbit that would just about fit inside Central London's ring road. But at 26km by 13km (16 …

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Mom's sweet tooth may be linked to child's allergies, study says

Women who consume too many sugary foods and drinks during pregnancy may be increasing their children's risk of developing an allergy **** or allergic asthma, according to a study published Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal.

The researchers looked at allergies that produce respiratory and skin symptoms, including dust mites, cats …

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Great Barrier Reef: Unesco opts against 'in danger' status

Unesco has decided not to place the Great Barrier Reef on its official list of World Heritage sites "in danger". Unprecedented back-to-back coral bleaching events had intensified debate about whether Unesco should change the status of Australia's reef.

Listing a site as "in danger" can help address threats by, for …

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Volvo to Go Fully Electric

Volvo, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker, announced Tuesday that starting in 2019 it will only make fully electric or hybrid cars. “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo’s president and chief executive, said in a statement.

The move is a significant bet by …

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Google may face another record EU fine

European antitrust regulators are mulling another sizable fine against Google over its Android operating system and are seeking a second opinion from a panel of experts, Reuters reports. If the outside panel agrees with the regulators' conclusions, the European Commission could be on its way to issuing a decision against …

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Facebook group video chat app on its way

Facebook is reportedly getting ready to launch a standalone group video chat app that may resemble Houseparty, according to The Verge. The new app would be called Bonfire and is reportedly aimed for a fall release. Facebook said it had nothing to share at this time.

Two years ago the …

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Apple releases sixth iOS 10.3.3 + macOS 10.12.6 betas

Apple has released the sixth iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple has also released the sixth macOS 10.12.6 beta. The beta version only includes new wallpapers for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and no other visible changes, although the release may be …

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