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Nov 27, 2016

ExoMars space program needs an extra €400 million

Barely a month after its expensive test lander crashed into Mars, the European Space Agency asked member nations Friday to cough up an extra €400 million ($425 million) to complete the ExoMars exploration of the red planet. The two-part mission saw a spacecraft successfully ...

Nov 27, 2016

Dutch destroy 190,000 ducks in first bird flu cull

Some 190,000 ducks were destroyed on Saturday at six farms in the Netherlands following an avian flu outbreak, the country’s first cull of an epidemic sweeping northern Europe. Outbreaks of avian flu, primarily the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain, have been reported in Denmark, Finland, ...

Overheated Arctic sign of climate change 'vicious circle'

Nov 25, 2016

Overheated Arctic sign of climate change 'vicious circle'

Freakishly high temperatures in the Arctic have been reinforced by a “vicious circle” of climate change, scientists said Thursday. Air above the polar ice cap has been 9 to 12 degrees Celsius above average during the last four weeks, according to the Danish Meteorological ...

NASA on the hunt for 'space poop' geniuses

Nov 25, 2016

NASA on the hunt for 'space poop' geniuses

When you have to go but you are out there in space, zipped up in a spacesuit, with no toilet in sight and a crew of other astronauts around, what do you do? NASA has launched a contest for inventors to solve this uncomfortable ...

Nov 25, 2016

Gut microbes may play role in yo-yo dieting, obesity

Scientists studying yo-yo dieting in mice say the tendency for people to regain excess weight rapidly after successfully slimming may well be due to their microbiome — the trillions of microorganisms in the gut. The researchers found that changes in the gut microbiome that ...