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Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018Reuters Science News

Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture.

SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life.

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Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria

LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.

In Florida, all systems go for SpaceX's launch of space telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX said all systems and weather were "go" for blast-off on Wednesday of its first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch.

More than 100 parts for NASA's Orion capsule to be 3D printed

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA's deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars.

Gerst aims to be 'nice boss' as first German ISS commander

COLOGNE (Reuters) - Astronaut Alexander Gerst says he aims to be a "nice boss" when he becomes the $100 billion International Space Station's first German commander later this year.

GE rides gene therapy wave with ready-made viral drug factories

LONDON (Reuters) - General Electric is raising its bet on biotechnology with the launch of prefabricated manufacturing units for producing virus-based gene and cell therapies, novel anti-cancer treatments and vaccines.

Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution

(Refiles this April 16 story to fix affiliation in 10th paragraph.)

Rocket-control glitch delays launch of NASA's planet-hunting satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An 11th-hour technical glitch prompted SpaceX to postpone its planned launch on Monday of a new NASA space telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system, delaying for at least 48 hours a quest to expand astronomers' known inventory of so-called exoplanets.

SpaceX delays launch of Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's planet-hunting satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX postponed a planned launch on Monday of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's latest planet-hunting satellite for 48 hours, citing problems with a guidance-navigation control system, launch team officials said.

Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution - scientists

(Reuters) - Scientists in Britain and the United States say they have engineered a plastic-eating enzyme that could in future help in the fight against pollution.

NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft set for launch in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A new NASA satellite designed to detect more Earth-like worlds around stars beyond our solar system is due for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket from Florida on Monday, on a quest to expand the known inventory of so-called exoplanets that might harbor life.

Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize 'Gundam' dream

SHINTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo had always dreamed of suiting up as a robot from "Mobile Suit Gundam", his favorite animation series growing up. Now he has made it a reality by creating a giant humanoid inspired by the science fiction franchise.

SpaceX looks to raise $507 million in a new funding round: filing

(Reuters) - Elon Musk-led SpaceX Corp is raising $507 million in a new round of funding, valuing the company at around $26 billion, according to a filing seen by Reuters.

Robot dog lends a helping paw to dementia sufferers

BOURNEMOUTH, England (Reuters) - Among Ron Grantham's happiest memories are the days he spent fly-fishing with his beloved dog, Spot. Now those memories are being revived by visits from his new best friend, Biscuit - a robotic dog.

Robot dog lends a helping paw to dementia suffers

BOURNEMOUTH, England (Reuters) - Among Ron Grantham's happiest memories are the days he spent fly-fishing with his beloved dog, Spot. Now those memories are being revived by visits from his new best friend, Biscuit - a robotic dog.

3D-printed public housing unveiled in France

NANTES, France (Reuters) - Researchers have unveiled what they billed as the world's first 3D-printed house to serve as a home in the French city of Nantes, with the first tenants due to move in by June.

Fossil Homo sapiens finger from Saudi desert is 90,000 years old

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fossil finger bone dating back about 90,000 years that was unearthed in Saudi Arabia's Nefud Desert is pointing to what scientists are calling a new understanding of how our species came out of Africa en route to colonizing the world.

Jaw fossil from English beach belongs to monstrous marine reptile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A jawbone fossil found on a rocky English beach belongs to one of the biggest marine animals on record, a type of seagoing reptile called an ichthyosaur that scientists estimated at up to 85 feet (26 meters) long - approaching the size of a blue whale.

Scientists hope harpoons can skewer space junk crisis

STEVENAGE, England (Reuters) - A European satellite launched this week to try out ways of tackling the growing amount of garbage in space will use technology as familiar to the ancient Romans as astronauts - nets and harpoons.

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