U.S., French astronauts on spacewalk to retrofit space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Two spacewalking astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday on the first of three outings to prepare the orbiting research laboratory for future commercial space taxis and to tackle maintenance chores, NASA TV showed.

SSL sues rival Orbital ATK over theft of trade secrets: lawsuit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Space Systems/Loral is suing rival Orbital ATK over an alleged theft of proprietary data and business plans for an in-space satellite servicing technology, according to a complaint filed on Thursday.

Scientists use graphene to power ‘electronic skin’ that can feel

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have found a way to power an experimental kind of electronic skin using solar energy in a further step towards the development of prosthetic limbs or robots with a sense of touch.

Revolutionary overhaul of dinosaur family tree proposed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the best-known dinosaurs, like Tyrannosaurus rex and Brontosaurus, may be headed for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences.

Brazil ramps up domestic space satellite, rocket programs

KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) – Brazil is developing technology to send domestically-made satellites into space with its own rockets by the end of the decade, aerospace executives and officials said ahead of the launch of the nation’s first defense and communications satellite.

UK royals’ sibling rivalry? Princess Anne says GMO crops have benefits

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Princess Anne may have sparked some royal sibling rivalry after saying genetically modified crops had real benefits to offer, putting her at odds with her older brother Charles who says they would be an environmental disaster.

Ancient quakes may point to sinking risk for part of California coast

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The Big One may be overdue to hit California but scientists near Los Angeles have found a new risk for the area during a major earthquake: abrupt sinking of land, potentially below sea level.

First U.S. bumble bee added to endangered species list

(Reuters) – The rusty patched bumble bee became the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain federal protection on Tuesday when it was added to the government’s list of endangered and threatened species.