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Russian craft delivers long-awaited cargo to space station

Space station gets s uppliesAn unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.

The Progress M-28M ship, which is carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, was launched into orbit on Friday from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. Russian Mission Control said it docked successfully Sunday in the automated mode at the orbiting space station.

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Solar plane smashes solo flight record over Pacific

Solar planeAn aircraft attempting to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun's energy has broken a world record for the longest non-stop solo flight, the project team said.

The Solar Impulse 2, which took off from Japan on Monday on the seventh leg of its journey, has shattered the solo-flight record threshold of 76 hours while crossing the Pacific.

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Falcon 9 'suffers anomaly,' fails to reach ISS

Falcon 9 fails againSpaceX's reusable rocket, the Falcon 9, on Sunday suffered its third failed, fiery attempt to launch for outer space and return to land on a drone ship.

The Falcon 9's nine Merlin engines ignited, went through maximum dynamic pressure and went supersonic before the rocket exploded, a SpaceX spokesman said during a live webcast.

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Comet lander Philae wakes up after seven-month hibernation

Comet lander PhilaePhilae, the Rosetta mission's lander on Comet 67P, awakened and communicated with the European Space Agency Saturday, after hybernating since November.

It took 10 years for Rosetta to reach the comet and send Philae -- first spacecraft to land on a comet -- down to 67P. Philae ran out of battery and slipped into hibernation 60 hours after landing because it touched down next to a cliff that blocked it solar cells from sunlight.

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Scientists create eco-friendly jet fuel from sugarcane

Jet fuel from sugar caneAirplanes release a significant amount of CO2 with each takeoff and touchdown, and the EPA recently announced plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions by the airline industry.

But researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have a solution: a sugarcane-derived jet fuel they say reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent.

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Stanford scientists build water-powered computer

Water powered computerA water-powered clock -- it sounds like a gimmick. But Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford, says he and his students are aiming to build a whole new class of computers.

Prakesh isn't building a computer recognizable to consumers. It's a synchronous computer, or computerized clock. But what makes it special is that it can manipulate and process both information and physical material -- that and it operates using the physics of water droplets.

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World's largest telescope to explore universe's deepest secrets

World's largest telescopeIn the vast expanse of the universe, we are still trying to find our place. Is there anyone else out there? Where do we come from? Are there other habitable planets like our own?

These are just some of the questions astronomers and scientists grapple with on a daily basis.  Now they're rolling out the big guns.

Astronomers are enlisting a massive new telescope on a mountainside at Chile's Las Campanas Observatory in their quest for answers.

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