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Report: SpaceX Chief Elon Musk Eyes Internet Satellites

High-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has reportedly added global Internet access from satellites to his vision of a future alongside sporty electric cars and private space exploration.

The billionaire behind auto-maker Tesla and the SpaceX program is working on the project with satellite-industry veteran Greg Wyler, who spent some time devoted to a similar mission at Google, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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EU Extends Ban on Deep-Sea Shark Fishing

EU nations on Monday extended their ban on deep-sea shark fishing for the European fleet for at least another two years, with only Spain and Portugal voting against.

European Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said the decision had been taken at a meeting of EU fisheries ministers in Brussels.

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Migratory Birds, Fish and Mammals Get New U.N. Protection

Polar bears, whales, sharks and gazelles were among 31 new species granted new protection status Sunday by the U.N. conservation body, following six days of "intense" talks by leading conservationists.

The U.N. Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) said six days of "intense negotiations" led to new protection for scores of bird, fish and mammal migratory species.

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Three-Man Multinational Space Crew Returns to Earth

A three-man multinational crew of astronauts returned to Earth Monday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, after spending 165 days working together at the International Space Station, NASA said.

ISS commander, Russia's Maxim Surayev, his American colleague Reid Wiseman and German Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency touched down at 10:58 pm Sunday (0358 GMT Monday).

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Virgin Galactic Could Resume Test Flights in Six Months

Virgin Galactic could resume test flights with a new spaceship within six months, the company said Friday, a week after the fatal crash of SpaceShipTwo in the Californian desert.

The United States' National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident, which has called into question Virgin chief Richard Branson's dream of tourist flights to the edge of space.

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Dead Fish in Rio Olympic Bay Baffle Scientists

Thousands of dead fish have begun mysteriously washing up in the polluted Rio bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics -- and experts are at a loss to explain why.

Guanabara Bay has already been the subject of concern amongst sailors who are to compete in Rio because of the human sewage that gets pumped into its waters.

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From Doomsday to Fact: Science Lifts Veil on Comets

For millennia, the sight of a comet filled humans with awe or dread.

The birth of Jesus, the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Great Plague of London, the coming of war or peace, bountiful harvests or famine... all thought to be portended by cosmic herald.

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First Europeans Weathered the Ice Age

DNA recovered from the fossilized leg bone of a man who lived 36,000 years ago suggests early Europeans survived the Ice Age, researchers said Thursday.

The international team of scientists also said the DNA from one of the oldest known anatomically modern humans shows that interbreeding with Neanderthals took place some 54,000 years ago, far earlier than previously thought.

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DNA Study Dates Eurasian Split from East Asians

The human populations now predominant in Eurasia and East Asia probably split between 36,200 and 45,000 years ago, according to a study released Thursday.

Researchers used new techniques to analyze genetic samples from the shin bone of a young man who died at least 36,200 years ago near Kostenki-Borshchevo in what is now western Russia. The study, published in the journal Science, concludes that Kostenki man shared genetic sequences with contemporary Europeans, but not East Asians.

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CEO: Virgin Galactic Looks to Resume Tests in 2015

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO said Wednesday.

The sleek composite shell and tail section of the new craft are sitting inside the company's manufacturing facility in Mojave, California.

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