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U.S. regulators allow genetically modified cotton as human food source
U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light for genetically modified cotton to be used for human consumption, paving the way for a protein-packed new food source - edible cottonseed that tastes a bit like chickpeas - that its developers said could help tackle global malnutrition.

Two-thirds of U.S. birds face extinction due to climate-linked 'emergency': Audubon
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Space firm founded by billionaire Paul Allen sold to new owner
Stratolaunch Systems Corp, the space company founded by late billionaire and Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen, said on Friday it was continuing operations after transitioning ownership, but did not name the new owner.

Alexei Leonov, first human to walk in space, dies at 85
Alexei Leonov, who became the first human to walk in space in 1965, died on Friday at the age of 85 after a long illness, Russia's TASS news agency reported.

NASA aims for first manned SpaceX mission in first-quarter 2020
SpaceX's new Crew Dragon astronaut capsule will be ready for its first manned flight into orbit in the first quarter of next year provided "everything goes according to plan" in upcoming tests, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday.

Tiny walking rover bound for the moon
A lunar rover which will explore the moon on foot in 2021 was unveiled in London on Thursday.

Saturn is the solar system's 'moon king,' with 20 more spotted
Saturn is now being recognized as the "moon king" of our solar system, with astronomers spotting 20 more of them orbiting the giant ringed planet, bringing its total count to 82 - three more than Jupiter.

Fossils of 'shark-toothed' carnivorous dinosaur found in Thailand
Fossils of a large carnivorous dinosaur that was a top predator about 115 million years ago have been unearthed in Thailand -- a brute that was among the early members of an impressive group of flesh-ripping dinosaurs known for their shark-like teeth.

Ten years after 'suicide' mission, NASA thirsts for lunar water
A decade after NASA sent a rocket crashing into the moon's south pole, spewing a plume of debris that revealed vast reserves of ice beneath the barren lunar surface, the space agency is racing to pick up where its little-remembered project left off.

Germany should aim to be a leader in hydrogen technology: minister
Germany should aim to be a leader in technologies needed to make and utilize hydrogen, which offers a green alternative to fossil fuels in the shift toward a low carbon economy, the economy minister said on Wednesday.


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