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  • Big asteroid that skimmed Earth has its own moon: NASA

    An unusually large asteroid that just skimmed by Earth had its own moon, NASA said Tuesday as the US space agency released its first radar images of the flyby. The asteroid known as 2004 BL86 made its closest approach late Monday at a distance about three times further than Earth's own Moon. Radar…

    AFP34 mins ago
  • Microsoft's Revolution Analytics Acquisition Is The Wrong Way To Embrace R

    Microsoft’s purchase of Revolution Analytics last week is the wrong way for the brainy crew in Redmond to embrace the R language for data science and analytics. The deal represents a strong step forward for the R language, but by accepting the open source model for putting R to use, Microsoft is…

    Forbes
  • Rocket-Powered Car Aims to Break Land Speed Record

    The so-called Bloodhound car is designed to go superfast. "You may walk into the workshop and see the chassis sitting on the bed where we're building it, but that's not all we've got," Elvin told Live Science. Bloodhound will sniff out the current land speed record of 763 mph (1,227 km/h), held by…

    LiveScience.com
  • Local vendors, not supermarkets, key to Africa food security: TRFN

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary…

    Reuters
  • County suspends home purchase program over lava concerns

    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Uncertainty over a lava flow in a mostly agricultural region of Hawaii's Big Island has prompted officials to put a hold on a program that allows a county agency to buy homes near a geothermal power plant.

    Associated Press
  • My BRCA Journey: Why Fear of Information Imperils Genetic Testing

    The world breaks down into two camps, my genetic counselor said: people who want information, and people who don't. I've been writing about gene testing and genomics for a long time, but as I navigated my own recent journey in genetic testing, I learned why that divide will probably remain the…

    Huffington Post
  • CSI Lahore: US forensics big shot comes home to help Pakistan

    By Katharine Houreld LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - As one of America's top forensic scientists, Mohammad Tahir uncovered evidence that helped jail boxer Mike Tyson for rape, convict serial killer John Wayne Gacy and clear doctor Sam Sheppard of murdering his wife. Then Tahir took on his toughest…

    Reuters
  • Facebook and Instagram Service Disrupted

    A server error caused outages on the social media platforms, officials said.

    ABC News Videos
  • SpaceX and Boeing are on their way to launching US astronauts, NASA says

    New details about NASA's Commercial Crew Program were revealed today during a press conference held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Both SpaceX and Boeing have completed the first milestones in their plans to send humans into space from US soil for the first time in years. SpaceX has…

    The Verge
  • Microsoft Courts Data Scientists with Revolution Analytics Buy

    Capitalizing on the Big Data gold rush is the big driver behind Microsoft’s acquisition of Revolution Analytics, a company that supports an open source programming language popular with data scientists....

    The Wall Street Journal
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    Water fleas prepare for Space voyage

    Scientists are preparing a group of water fleas for a unique voyage into space. The aquatic crustaceans, known as Daphnia, can be used as a miniature model for biomedical research, and their reproductive and swimming behaviour will be tested for signs of stress while on board the International…

    Reuters Videos
  • Local vendors, not supermarkets, key to Africa food security

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary…

    Reuters
  • Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply

    Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger ...

    Associated Press
  • Senegal reopens land border with Ebola-hit Guinea

    Senegal reopened on Monday its land border with Guinea, the Interior Ministry said, five months after closing transport links in August to prevent the spread of the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. Senegal had already lifted in November a ban on air and maritime traffic with…

    Reuters
  • Moon landers get boost from Google-funded prize

    Shaped like a doughnut and no bigger than a coffee table, the MX-1 lunar lander doesn't look anything like the hulking Apollo module the United States landed on the moon in 1969.

    San Jose Mercury News
  • D'oh! Elon Musk Proves The Simpsons Wrong

    Space X and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA ) founder Elon Musk tweeted about his appearance on Sunday’s episode of "The Simpsons" where Lisa Simpson ponders why Musk, known for his investments ...

    Benzinga
  • No NASA astronaut has ever spent a year in space. Here's how Scott Kelly is preparing.

    No NASA astronaut has ever spent more than 215 days in space. Along with Russia's Mikhail Kornienko, Kelly will be participating in NASA's One Year Mission, an effort to better understand how the human body copes with a year in microgravity. Astronauts typically spend six months on the space…

    Vox.com
  • La Niña Events May Spike with Climate Change

    The extremely strong La Niña events that can shake up global weather patterns may soon hit nearly twice as often as they did previously, due to global warming, researchers say in a new study. Results showed that extreme La Niña events may soon strike about every 13 years, as opposed to about every…

    LiveScience.com