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Guiana Space Centre to get new rocket tower in the jungle

In a remote corner of a South American jungle, Europe’s new rocket launch tower is being built. French engineers working on the project in Kourou in French Guiana, affectionately call it a “moveable Eiffel Tower," even though it looks a bit boxey.

Hummingbirds thrive at innovative Mexico gardens

Mexico - In a dimly lit corner of a bustling market in Mexico City, vendors of amulets, voodoo dolls and other mystical objects sell tiny, taxidermied hummingbirds as charms to bring luck in love.

Greenland ice sheet melting at alarming rate of speed

The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster today than at any point in the last 350 years, according to a new study. The study found that the rate of melting is "off the charts."

Brazil researchers crunched as science spending collapses

Rio De Janeiro - In her Rio de Janeiro lab, biologist Michelle Klautau paid for the $1,400 photo machine, two air conditioning units, most of the chairs and even the paint and tiles from her own pocket.

Galapagos giant tortoise gene study hints at longevity secrets

Quito - Galapagos giant tortoises possess genetic variants linked to DNA repair, immune response and cancer suppression -- providing clues into their longevity, according to a study published Monday.

New NASA mission will create first 3-D map of world's forests

When SpaceX's Falcon 9 mission, CRS-16, lifts off Dec. 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Dragon spacecraft will be carrying an instrument called GEDI, short for Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, that will map the world's forests.

Grim tidings from science on climate change

Paris - Scientists monitoring the Earth's climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year, adding a sense of urgency to UN talks starting next week in Poland on how best to draw down the greenhouse gases that drive global warming.

China AIDS group 'really regrets' role in gene-editing

Bejing - The head of a Chinese AIDS support group expressed deep regret Friday for helping a scientist recruit participants for a controversial experiment claiming to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies.

China halts activities of baby gene-editing scientist

Bejing - A Chinese scientist who stoked criticism over his claim that he had created the world's first genetically-edited babies faced mounting pressure Thursday as China ordered a halt to his scientific activities and warned he may have broken the law.

China orders halt to baby gene-editing activities: state TV

Bejing - China's science ministry has ordered that people involved in the controversial baby gene-editing experiment halt their activities, a government official told state media Thursday.

Science conference slams 'deeply disturbing' baby gene-editing claim

Fpo - A scientist who upended a Hong Kong conference with his claim to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies cancelled a fresh talk and was heavily criticised by organisers Thursday, who labelled him as irresponsible.

China scientist defends gene-editing babies as trial paused

Fpo - The Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies defended the highly controversial procedure Wednesday, but announced a halt to the trial following an international outcry.

Genetics summit holds breath for Chinese baby-editing details

Fpo - Organisers of a conference that has been upended by gene-edited baby revelations are holding their breath as to what the controversial scientist at the centre of the "breakthrough" will say when he takes the stage.

Chinese hospital denies approving gene-edited babies experiment

Bejing - The Chinese hospital linked to a controversial experiment purporting to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies denied its involvement Tuesday.

Gene-edited babies and cloned monkeys: China tests bioethics

Fpo - A Chinese scientist's claim that he created the world's first genetically-edited babies has shone a spotlight on what critics say are lax regulatory controls and ethical standards behind a series of headline-grabbing biomedical breakthroughs in China.

Legalization of cannabis sets Canadian researchers free

Canada was the first G7 country to legalize cannabis. By doing so, the country also allowed researchers to openly pursue a greater quantity and quality of cannabis science than ever before - thrusting Canada to the frontlines of research in the weed.

After dramatic plunge, InSight Lander sets down on Mars

NASA's InSight lander touched down safely on the Martian surface today (Nov. 26), pulling off the first successful Red Planet landing since the Curiosity rover's arrival in August 2012 — on the seventh anniversary of Curiosity's launch, no less.

China orders probe into scientist claims of first gene-edited babies

Fpo - Beijing has ordered an investigation into claims by a Chinese scientist to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies, a move that would be a ground-breaking medical first but which has generated a barrage of criticism.

Caroline Herschel — World’s first professional woman astronomer

Caroline Herschel began her life in astronomy supporting the work of her amateur astronomer brother William. She was working with him when he discovered Uranus.

From parcel delivery to security, Singapore bets big on drones

Fpo - Hi-tech Singapore is planning to roll out a swarm of drones for tasks that include delivering parcels, inspecting buildings and providing security, but safety and privacy concerns mean the initiative may hit turbulence.

Climate change could cost US 'hundreds of billions' a year: study

Tampa - Climate change is already hurting the global economy and will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars annually by century's end unless drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, a major US government report warned on Friday.

Climate change could cost US 'hundreds of billions' a year: study

Tampa - Climate change is already hurting the global economy and will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars annually unless drastic action is taken to cut carbon emissions, a major US government report warned on Friday.

Silent plane with no moving parts makes 'historic' flight

Paris - The blue glowing jets of science fiction spacecraft came a step closer to reality on Wednesday as US physicists unveiled the world's first solid-state aeroplane powered in flight by supercharged air molecules.

Canadian researchers have discovered a new kind of organism

Halifax - Researchers at Dalhousie University have found evidence that suggests microbe hemimastigotes represent a major new branch of the evolutionary tree of life.

'Super-Earth' discovered orbiting Sun's nearest star

Paris - A "super-Earth" has been discovered orbiting the closest single star to our Sun, scientists said Wednesday in a breakthrough that could shine a light on Earth's nearest planetary neighbours.

First phase of Brazil's particle accelerator construction completed

S - Brazil President Michel Temer inaugurated the opening construction phase of a particle accelerator the size of the Maracana football stadium that will be used to make advances in medicine, nutrition, archeology, electronics, energy and the environment....

Hawking auction raises astronomical sum

London - A copy of Stephen Hawking's doctorate thesis signed in a shaky hand was the highlight of an auction of the British physicist's personal items in London, which raised nearly £1.4 million ($1.8 million, 1.6 million euros).

Seed banks not an option for over one-third of threatened species

More than a third of all the critically endangered plant species on Earth grow from a type of seed that can’t be dried, meaning we can’t preserve them in seed vaults as an insurance policy against extinction.

Researchers identify causes of decline in shellfish harvests

NOAA researchers studying the 85 percent decline between 1980 and 2010 of the four most commercially-important bivalve mollusks -- eastern oysters, northern quahogs, softshell clams, and northern bay scallops -- have identified the causes.

Breakthrough treatment helps paralysed patients walk

Apo - A breakthrough treatment involving electrical stimulation of the spine has enabled paralysed patients to walk again, apparently reactivating nerve connections and providing hope for people even years after accidents.
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