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NASA weighing risk of adding crew to mega-rocket's first flight

NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new mega-rocket, designed to eventually send crews to Mars. The space agency’s chief of human exploration, William Gerstenmaier, said Friday that his boss and the Trump administration had asked for the feasibility study. The objective is ...

50,000 new samples sent to Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault

Feb 24, 2017

50,000 new samples sent to Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault

Nearly 10 years after a “doomsday” seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world’s largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops. ...

Feb 23, 2017

First drug-resistant malaria parasite detected in Africa

For the first time in Africa, a malaria parasite has been found to be partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, researchers said Wednesday, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery ...