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ISS moves to avoid space debris

Washington - Astronauts on the International Space Station carried out an "avoidance maneuver" Tuesday to ensure they would not be hit by a piece of debris, said US space agency NASA, urging better management of objects in Earth's orbit.

Moderna shares Covid-19 vaccine trial blueprints, Pfizer follows

Washington - US biotech firm Moderna, one of nine companies in the late stages of clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine, became the first to publish the complete blueprints of its study following calls for greater transparency.

Poor countries desperate for Covid vaccines may be outbid by richer neighbors

Washington - Richard Hatchett, the head of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is worried.

Poor countries desperate for Covid vaccines may be outbid by richer neighbors

Washington - Richard Hatchett, the head of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is worried.

Poor countries desperate for Covid vaccines may be outbid by richer neighbors

Washington - Richard Hatchett, the head of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is worried.

Ammonium nitrate: fertilizer behind many industrial accidents

Washington - Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said caused the devastating Beirut blast, is an odorless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertilizer and has caused numerous industrial explosions over the decades.

America's first crewed spaceship in decade splashes down off Florida

Washington - America's first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returned to Earth safely on Sunday, splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mars-bound: NASA's life-seeking rover Perseverance on an astrobiology mission

Cape Canaveral - NASA's latest Mars rover Perseverance launches Thursday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life -- and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time.

Room with a view: Virgin Galactic gives peek at spacecraft cabin

Washington - The Virgin Galactic spaceship that will someday carry very moneyed tourists boasts windows and cameras galore for easy selfies with planet Earth.

NASA hits Boeing with 80 recommendations before next space test

Washington - NASA has drawn up a list of 80 recommendations that US aerospace giant Boeing will have to address before attempting to refly its Starliner space capsule, following the failure of an uncrewed test last year.

NASA renames Washington HQ for 'Hidden Figures' trailblazer

Washington - NASA said Wednesday that it will rename its Washington headquarters after its first black female engineer, Mary Jackson, whose story was told in the hit film "Hidden Figures.""Mary W.

The Lancet doubts over hydroxychloroquine study see WHO restart trials

Paris - The WHO announced Wednesday the resumption of its hydroxychloroquine trials after The Lancet cast doubt over a large-scale study it published last month that led to temporary suspension of testing of the drug.

The Lancet casts doubt over hydroxychloroquine study

Paris - The Lancet has issued an "expression of concern" over a large-scale study of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine it published that led to the World Health Organization suspending clinical trials of the anti-viral drugs as a potential treatment for COVID...

'Go for launch': SpaceX, NASA set for milestone mission

SpaceX's landmark launch to the International Space Station -- the first crewed mission to blast off from US soil in almost a decade and a first for the commercial sector -- was set to proceed on time Wednesday, following weather worries.

SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard

Gray skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission NASA has ever entrusted to a private company.

Weather iffy for SpaceX astronaut launch

Washington - Aside from a threat of bad weather, NASA and SpaceX confirmed Monday that everything is all-systems-go for their upcoming rocket launch with two American astronauts.

First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal

Los Angeles - The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to deploy a satellite failed on Monday, the Virgin Orbit company said."The mission terminated shortly into the flight.

SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space for the first time

Washington - In the beginning, everyone was skeptical. But Elon Musk's SpaceX defied expectations -- and on Wednesday hopes to make history by ferrying two NASA astronauts into space, the first crewed flight from US soil in nine long years.

As pandemic rages, Trump eager to vaccinate America first

Washington - Leaders of China, France, Germany, and the World Health Organization want any coronavirus vaccine to be deemed a "global public good," but President Donald Trump has another idea: vaccinate America first.

Coronavirus test touted by Trump produces many false negatives: study

Washington - A rapid coronavirus test touted by President Donald Trump and used to test White House officials produces false negatives in almost half of all cases, according to new study by researchers at NYU Langone Health.

What we know about the 'devious' coronavirus

Paris - Will the novel coronavirus leave you short of breath or make you lose your sense of smell? And if you have had it once, can you be confident you are immune? So far, the research on COVID-19 has raised as many questions as it has answered.

Hungry, jobless Americans turning to food banks to survive pandemic

New York - American families slammed by the coronavirus pandemic are turning more and more to food banks to get by, waiting hours for donations in lines of cars stretching as far as the eye can see.

Guinness adds Irish twist to American craft brewing

Baltimore - The coronavirus has canceled most St Patrick's Day festivities, but as the luck of the Irish would have it, Americans can still drown their sorrows with a beer produced in the first US Guinness brewery to operate since the 1950s.

US regulators will force Boeing to rewire 737 MAX jets: report

New York - US aviation regulators plan to require Boeing to rewire all 737 MAX aircraft before allowing the troubled planes fly again, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Nicaraguan cigar factories keep it in the family

Estel - Part of the success of Nicaragua's thriving cigar industry is a carefully honed mystique of family: how the clannish industry was forged and maintained by a handful of fathers, sons, cousins, brothers -- and sisters and mothers, too.

Spain's Balearic Islands crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays

Barcelona - Spain's Balearic Islands passed a bill Friday aimed at clamping down on alcohol-fuelled holidays in the Mediterranean archipelago which bans happy hours when drinks are offered a discount and open bars.

Carlos Ghosn's wife says she wasn't in the loop about his escape

Paris - Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn's wife Carole said Tuesday she was not in the loop about his audacious escape from Japan, adding that it was the "only choice possible.

Beleaguered Boeing's Starliner returns early from failed mission

Cape Canaveral - Boeing's Starliner spacecraft won't achieve its mission objective of docking with the International Space Station, NASA said Friday, dealing a blow to the agency's plans to end US dependence on Russian rockets for astronaut taxi rides.

Boeing sends first crew capsule to ISS this week

Washington - Boeing is all set to launch its Starliner spacecraft for the first time to the International Space Station at the end of this week, a key mission as NASA looks to resume crewed flight by 2020.

Two years on, murder of Canadian tycoon couple unsolved

Montr - Two years after Canadian pharmaceutical tycoon Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead at their luxury home in "targeted" killings, Toronto's chief homicide detective on Monday made a fresh appeal for public help to solve the mystery murders.
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