Elon Musk calls SpaceX blast a ‘most difficult, complex failure’

An explosion on the launch site of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is shown in this still image from video in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. September 1, 2016. U.S. Launch Report/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

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Elon Musk calls SpaceX blast a ‘most difficult, complex failure’
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX founder and chief Elon Musk said on Friday he was unsure why one of the company’s Falcon rockets burst into flames on its Florida launch pad last week, destroying both the rocket and an Israeli communications satellite it was due to lift into orbit.

Floating farm could grow food on empty cargo ships
London – About 90 percent of the world’s goods are carried by sea, with more than 70 percent in shipping containers carrying everything from TVs to sportswear from Asia to the rest of the world. But the global imbalance in trade means most of these containers are empty on the return journey.

Jeff Bezos unveils new rocket to compete with SpaceX
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Jeff Bezos on Monday unveiled a heavy-lift reusable rocket expected to compete against Elon Musk’s SpaceX and other companies for commercial satellite launches before the end of the decade.

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An endangered crow species from Hawaii that already is extinct in the wild displays remarkable proficiency in using small sticks and other objects to wrangle a meal, joining a small and elite group of animals that use tools.

SpaceX aims to resume launches in November, president says
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX is aiming to resume flights in November following a launch pad fire that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and an Israeli communications satellite it was due to lift into orbit, the company’s president said on Tuesday.

Asterias stem cell therapy shows promise in spinal cord paralysis: U.S. study
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An experimental stem cell therapy developed by Asterias Biotherapeutics restored some movement to patients paralyzed by recent spinal cord injuries, according to interim data from a small study being presented on Wednesday.

Possible air pollution link to Alzheimer’s
A possible causal link between air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease has been suggested by scientists after they conducted detailed studies of brain tissue, in a joint British-Mexican project.

Scientists decipher color of ‘super cute’ bristly dinosaur
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists guided by small structures preserved in fossilized skin have deciphered the color and camouflage pattern of a little dinosaur with a parrot-like beak and bristles on its tail that roamed thick forests in China about 120 million years ago.

China launches second experimental space lab module
BEIJING (Reuters) – China launched its second experimental space laboratory on Thursday, part of a broader plan to have a permanent manned space station in service around 2022.

SpaceX says accident probe will not slow space taxi effort
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX on Thursday said efforts to develop and certify a space taxi for NASA are not being slowed by an investigation into a launch pad fire that destroyed its rocket and a $200 million Israeli communications satellite.

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