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Japan Space Agency Unveils Asteroid Hunting Probe

Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body.

The probe, named Hayabusa-2, is expected to be flung into space on a rocket for a mammoth four year voyage to the unpoetically-named 1999JU3 asteroid.

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Jinxed Finnish Nuclear Plant to Function almost a Decade Late

A jinxed new-generation nuclear reactor for Finland is to begin producing electricity in 2018, nine years late, one of the main partners in the project, Areva of France, said on Monday.

The expected losses arising from delays on construction of the plant, using advanced technology known as EPR, remain at 3.9 billion euros ($5.1 billion), Areva said.

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Fukushima Accepts 'Temporary' Radioactive Waste Storage

The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima agreed Monday to accept the "temporary" storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff.

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Shell Files New Plan to Drill in Arctic

Royal Dutch Shell has submitted a new plan for drilling in the Arctic offshore Alaska, more than one year after halting its program following several embarrassing mishaps.

The plan to drill two new wells in the potentially oil-rich but environmentally sensitive region in the summer of 2015 is not a final decision, the company stressed.

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Report: Panasonic, Tata Join Hands in Water Treatment

Japan's Panasonic will develop a water purification system together with India's Tata Group, tapping into a fast-growing market in Asia, a media report said Saturday.

The electronics giant has developed a prototype of a device that will detoxify harmful substances in groundwater, making it potentially safe to drink, the Japanese economic daily Nikkei said.

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DNA Shows Arctic Group's Isolation Lasted 4,000 Years

A long-gone group of ancient people known as Paleo-Eskimos lived in isolation in the North American Arctic for more than 4,000 years, said a study on Thursday.

They trekked from Siberia across the Bering Strait to their new home, and made no contact with other cultures who'd made the same journey at different times in history, including Native Americans and the Inuit people.

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Why Your Favourite Song Takes you Down Memory Lane

Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favorite song may plunge you into nostalgia, scientists said on Thursday.

Neuroscientists in the United States used a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner to map brain activity in 21 young volunteers as they listened to different types of music, including rock, rap and classical.

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Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks Solved

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have photographed these "sailing rocks" being blown by light winds across the former lake bed.

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Wolves Yawn Contagiously, Too, Study Finds

Contagious yawning is a behavior shared by chimpanzees, baboons, dogs and humans, and researchers said Wednesday that wolves can do it too, suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait.

The research in the journal PLOS ONE focused on a pack of 12 captive wolves at the Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo, Japan.

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NASA Deep-Space Rocket, SLS, to Launch in 2018

The U.S. space agency's powerful deep-space rocket, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), aims to blast off for the first time in 2018, NASA said Wednesday.

The SLS has been in development for three years already, and when finished it should propel spacecraft beyond Earth's orbit and eventually launch crew vehicles to Mars by the 2030s.

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