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Construction begins on world`s largest telescope in Chilean desert

Construction begins on world`s largest telescope in Chilean desert

Published 26/05/2017

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet speaks during a ceremony to inaugurate the construction of the world's largest telescope in the desert of Atacama, Chile, May 26, 2017. Sebastian Rodriguez/Courtesy of Chilean Presidency/Handout via Reuters

Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today.

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U.S. spacecraft finds cyclones, ammonia river on Jupiter

U.S. spacecraft finds cyclones, ammonia river on Jupiter

Published 25/05/2017

NASA's enhanced-color image of a mysterious dark spot on Jupiter shows a Jovian ''galaxy'' of swirling storms in this image captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft on February 2, 2017, at 5:13 a.m. PDT (8:13 a.m. EDT), at an altitude of 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) above... REUTERS

Jupiter's atmosphere features colossal cyclones and rivers of ammonia welling up from deep inside the solar system's largest planet, researchers said on Thursday, publishing the first insights from a NASA spacecraft flying around the gas giant.

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New Zealand launches into space race with 3D-printed rocket

New Zealand launches into space race with 3D-printed rocket

Published 25/05/2017

A supplied image of the launch and maiden flight of a battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket built by Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, at New Zealand's remote Mahia Peninsula, May 25, 2017. Rocket Lab/Handout via REUTERS

Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand's remote Mahia Peninsula.

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Poorly understood Mars landing conditions led to probe’s demise: report

Poorly understood Mars landing conditions led to probe’s demise: report

Published 24/05/2017

Europe's Schiaparelli spacecraft came very close to a successful landing on Mars last year, but engineers failed to realize how jarring the probe's parachute descent could be, dooming the touchdown, a report released on Wednesday said.

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Failed computer replaced during U.S. astronauts` spacewalk

Published 24/05/2017

FILE PHOTO: NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is seen during a spacewalk during Expedition 50 aboard the International Space Station. NASA/Handout via REUTERS

Two U.S. astronauts completed a hastily planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to replace a computer that failed on Saturday, NASA said.

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Google AI beats Chinese master in ancient game of Go

Published 23/05/2017

Chinese Go player Ke Jie puts a stone against Google's artificial intelligence program AlphaGo during their first match at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

A Google artificial intelligence program defeated a Chinese grand master at the ancient board game Go on Tuesday, a major feather in the cap for the firm's AI ambitions as it looks to woo Beijing to gain re-entry into the country.

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Fossils cast doubt on human lineage originating in Africa

Published 22/05/2017

The lower jaw of the 7.175 million year old Graecopithecus freybergi (El Graeco) from Pyrgos Vassilissis, Greece is shown in this handout provided May 19, 2017. Courtesy of Wolfgang Gerber, University of Tübingen/Handout via REUTERS

Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa.

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NASA plans emergency spacewalk on International Space Station

Published 21/05/2017

FILE PHOTO:A NASA image shows the International Space Station as it flew over Madagascar, showing three of the five spacecraft docked to the station in this photo taken by the Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of ESA on April 6, 2016 and released on April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Tim Peake/ESA/NASA/Handout via Reuters

A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday for an emergency spacewalk to replace a failed computer, one of two that control major U.S. systems aboard the orbiting outpost, NASA said on Sunday.

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Scientists to test whether Zika can kill brain cancer cells

Published 18/05/2017

FILE PHOTO - Genetically modified male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are pictured at Oxitec factory in Piracicaba, Brazil, October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Scientists in Britain plan to harness the Zika virus to try to kill brain tumor cells in experiments that they say could lead to new ways to fight an aggressive type of cancer.

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Pope tells geneticists that destroying embryos is unjustifiable

Published 18/05/2017

Pope Francis leads the Wednesday General Audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Francis praised scientists working on treatments for genetic diseases on Thursday but condemned any use of human embryos in medical research.

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