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  • Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

    By Alex Dobuzinskis MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) - A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of…

    Reuters
  • Watch: Suspected cop killer Eric Frein captured; New details revealed in Wichita plane crash; LeBron James returns to play for Cleveland

    Suspected cop killer Eric Frein captured and in court; Details revealed in Wichita plane crash including pilot's name; "King James" LeBron James returns to play for Cleveland Cavaliers.

    ABC News
  • The Buggy Secret to Making Food Safer to Eat

    Over the course of the next two years, Matt Jones will be living out of his van, driving up the West Coast from Central California to the Canadian border, visiting farms to collect manure and insect samples.

    Takepart.com
  • Researchers in Oregon identify autism-risk genes

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Researchers in Oregon say they have identified 27 genes that may cause autism, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. The research at Oregon Health and Science University has the potential to create a screening tool for parents…

    Reuters
  • GMO crops have fans, critics

    (Reuters) - Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. China has recently slowed its process for allowing imports of certain types of GMO corn and rejected…

    Reuters
  • -New U.S. rockets include crew launch-escape systems

    The illusion was shattered on Jan. 28, 1986, when gas leaking from a solid-fuel booster rocket doomed the shuttle Challenger and its seven crew about 72 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Taking a page from design books for the 1960s-era Mercury and Apollo capsules, the…

    Reuters
  • City: No active fault under Hollywood project site

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles building officials have signed off on geologist reports that found no active earthquake fault under the site of a proposed 16-story residential-office development in Hollywood.

    Associated Press
  • Space tourism set back by accident, industry still sees lift off

    By Alwyn Scott and Irene Klotz NEW YORK/CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - The wait for paying passengers to see Earth from the vantage point of space looked a lot longer on Friday, following the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s first spaceship, but aspiring space tourists did not appear to be lining…

    Reuters
  • Ebola 'Patient Zero': How Outbreak Started from Single Child

    When Ebola virus came for the first time to a small village in Guinea, the victim was a toddler, who later became known to the world as Patient Zero. His name was Emile Ouamouno. "Emile liked to listen to the radio, and his sister liked to carry babies on her back," Emile’s father, Etienne…

    LiveScience.com
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    Top images from the 2014 Nikon Small World Competition (20 photos)

    Now celebrating its 40th year, Nikon Small World is widely regarded as the leading forum to recognize proficiency and photographic excellence of photography taken under the microscope. Small World is widely regarded as the leading forum for recognizing the art, proficiency and photographic…

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  • Factbox: Branson's Virgin Galactic and the quest for space tourism

    (Reuters) - A brief look at Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, which suffered a setback on Friday to its plans for a new era of space tourism when its experimental spaceship crashed during a test flight in California: SpaceShipTwo was designed and built by Scaled Composites, a Mojave,…

    Reuters
  • The Virgin Galactic Crash and the Risks of Space Tourism

    The crash of SpaceShipTwo is a deadly setback for Virgin Galactic in its pursuit of private travel in space

    BusinessWeek
  • FDA panel backs Daiichi's blood thinner

    By Natalie Grover (Reuters) - A panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 9-1 in favor of approving Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo Co's blood thinner for use in some patients with atrial fibrillation. The drug, edoxaban, is a once-daily anticoagulant that inhibits Factor…

    Reuters
  • US Salamander Hotspot Could Fall to New Disease

    A newly described fungal disease is killing salamanders and newts in Europe and could soon land on U.S. The disease invades the skin of salamanders and newts, and is related to another fungus that has been wiping out frog and other amphibian populations around the world. "If it gets here, it's…

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  • The No-Problem Problem

    Is Microsoft finally getting serious about making its workforce welcome to women and minorities? The internal memo that CEO Satya Nadella sent to his employees on October 15 is encouraging news. "I envision a company composed of more diverse talent," he said in his note, obtained by GeekWire. "I…

    Huffington Post
  • 5 Grotesque Dishes for Halloween

    One idea for a Halloween dinner party could involve asking your guests to dress up in gothic gowns, and decking out your house to look like Dracula's castle. Although these dishes are not usually prepared for any specific rituals or holidays, cultures from around the world have invented the recipes…

    LiveScience.com
  • Lost in Thought? Here Are 5 Reasons to Incorporate Daydreaming Into Your Daily Routine.

    Go ahead, let your mind wander. When it's appropriate, of course.

    Entrepreneur
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    Virgin Galactic rocket explodes in flight over Mojave Desert, witness says

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket exploded in flight over the Mojave Desert, according to a witness, killing one person and injuring another.

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