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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


New species of dinosaur, the regaliceratops, discovered in Canada

New species of dinosaurWhen fossil experts first clapped eyes on the skull, it was clearly from a strange, horned dinosaur. When they noticed how stunted the bony horns were, its nickname, Hellboy, was assured.

The near-complete skull of the 70 million-year-old beast was spotted by chance 10 years ago, protruding from a cliff that runs along the Oldman river south of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.


Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans

Oldest stone toolsThe world's oldest stone tools have been discovered, scientists report.  They were unearthed from the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya, and date to 3.3 million years ago.

They are 700,000 years older than any tools found before, even pre-dating the earliest humans in the Homo genus.

The find, reported in Nature, suggests that more ancient species, such as Australopithecus afarensis or Kenyanthropus platyops, may have been more sophisticated than was thought.


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