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Musk touts approval of New York-Washington 'hyperloop'

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received "verbal" approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour.

Neil Armstrong's moon bag sells for $1.8 million at auction

NEW YORK A bag used by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring the first samples of moon dust back to Earth was sold to an anonymous bidder for $1.8 million at an auction in New York on Thursday marking the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing. | Video

Jul 21 2017

Outback axes suggest humans reached Australia 18,000 years earlier than thought

SYDNEY Axheads and grinding stones from a cave in Australia's far north suggest humans arrived on the continent about 65,000 years ago, or 18,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to research published on Thursday. | Video

Jul 20 2017

MH370 search data unveils fishing hot spots, ancient geological movements

SYDNEY Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth's southern continents. | Video

World, Environment, Australia, Jul 19 2017

Fearsome T-rex was a plodder not a sprinter, researchers say

LONDON Line up Usain Bolt at the starting blocks with a Tyrannosaurus rex and the dinosaur would be left behind in the sprinter's dust, according to computer-assisted research that turns long-held assumptions on their head. | Video

Jul 18 2017

Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

(This July 12 story corrects name of vessel in eighth paragraph and year it sank) | Video

Environment, Jul 13 2017

Farewell Dippy the dinosaur - London museum installs whale skeleton

LONDON London's Natural History Museum has installed a four-and-a-half-tonne blue whale skeleton to tower over the heads of visitors, replacing the remains of a much-loved diplodocus known as Dippy. | Video

EnvironmentJul 14 2017

NASA probe grazes Jupiter's clouds in brush with Great Red Spot

LOS ANGELES A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter began transmitting data and images on Tuesday from humanity's closest brush with the Great Red Spot, a flyby of the colossal, crimson storm that has fascinated Earthbound observers for hundreds of years.

Jul 12 2017

Artist to debut 3D portraits produced from Chelsea Manning's DNA

NEW YORK Around thirty three-dimensional portraits of Chelsea Manning, created using the DNA of the transgender U.S. Army soldier imprisoned for leaking classified data, will greet visitors at eye-level at an exhibition opening in New York City next month. | Video

U.S., Arts, Jul 11 2017

High-speed Hyperloop project ready for key test in Nevada

Engineers will soon conduct a crucial test of a futuristic technology championed by entrepreneur Elon Musk that seeks to revolutionize transportation by sending passengers and cargo packed into pods through an intercity system of vacuum tubes. | Video

TechJul 14 2017

U.S. senators seek ban on pesticide chlorpyrifos

NEW YORK A group of Democratic senators hopes to ban a pesticide the U.S. government has greenlighted for use, according to a bill unveiled on Tuesday in a challenge to Republican President Donald Trump's push to loosen environmental regulations.

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