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China launches lunar probe carrying 'Jade Rabbit' buggy | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China launched its first ever extraterrestrial landing craft into orbit en route for the moon in the small hours of Monday, in a major milestone for its space program.<p>The Long March-3B rocket carrying the Chang'e-3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite …

Indian probe begins journey to Mars

<b>India's mission to Mars has embarked on its 300-day journey to the Red Planet.</b><p>Early on Sunday the spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes, giving it the correct velocity to leave Earth's orbit.<p>It will now cruise for 680m km (422m miles), setting up an encounter with its target on …

Uncovering Jamaica’s Jewish Past

In the great Caribbean melting pot, one group is largely overlooked: Jewish refugees who settled centuries ago. Their descendants are unearthing …

China Will Kick Off December By Launching A Probe To The Moon

<i>China’s Chang’e-3 lunar probe will launch in the first week of December. If it successfully lands on the Moon, it will be the first probe from any country to do so in 37 years.</i><p>The Chinese space agency will be launching its Lunar probe Chang’e-3 from its Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1:30 am …

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New water-repellant surface destroys drops that hit it

Water-repellant materials are everywhere. Inspired by structures found in nature, these materials excel at staying dry by making water "bounce" off their surface. Now, a new structure detailed in the scientific journal <i>Nature</i> improves water-resistance even more by shortening the time fluid makes …

The $38 billion nuclear waste fiasco

Doing nothing often has a cost — and when it comes to storing the nation’s nuclear waste, the price is $38 billion and rising.<p>That’s just the lowball estimate for how much taxpayers will wind up spending because of the government’s decades of dithering about how to handle the radioactive leftovers …

Consumer drones are coming, and they will change everything

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>I recently spent a week flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It’s a 2.5 pound drone with an attached camera and easy …