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NASA Pushes Back Giant Space Telescope Launch to 2020

The launch of NASA's next giant space telescope has been delayed until at least May 2020, the US space agency said Tuesday, in the latest setback for the much-anticipated project.

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Fifty Years on, Yuri Gagarin's Death Still Shrouded in Mystery

Yuri Gagarin, feted as a Soviet national hero for being the first man in space, was killed in a plane crash 50 years ago but the details of his death remain shrouded in mystery.

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Ultra-Thin Sun Shield Could Protect Great Barrier Reef

An ultra-fine biodegradable film some 50,000 times thinner than a human hair could be enlisted to protect the Great Barrier Reef from environmental degradation, researchers said Tuesday.

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Hawking Remains to be Buried near Newton, Darwin Graves

Stephen Hawking's ashes will be buried near the graves of fellow British scientists Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey, it was announced Tuesday.

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China to Build 'World's Fastest' Wind Tunnel

China has announced it is building the world's fastest wind tunnel to develop a new generation of super-fast airplanes, but it could also be used for hypersonic missile technology.

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Stephen Hawking, the 'Superhuman' Pop Culture Star

Very few people may have read and understood "A Brief History of Time", but the physicist Stephen Hawking carved himself out a place in pop culture equaled only by Albert Einstein.

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British Scientist Stephen Hawking Dead at Age 76

Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, his family said Wednesday.

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'Citizen Scientists' Track Radiation Seven Years after Fukushima

Beneath the elegant curves of the roof on the Seirinji Buddhist temple in Japan's Fukushima region hangs an unlikely adornment: a Geiger counter collecting real-time radiation readings.

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The Flu Vaccine: A High-Stakes Gamble

It is a high-stakes gamble with thousands of human lives on the line.

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Alien Life in Our Solar System? Study Hints at Saturn's Moon

Humanity may need look no further than our own Solar System in the search for alien life, researchers probing one of Saturn's moons said Tuesday.

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