Scientists turn to Chile’s Atacama desert to study life on Mars

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Astrobiologists seeking to understand where life might be found on Mars, and what form it might take, are finding that the Atacama desert in Chile, the driest in the world, may hold some important clues.

SpaceX cargo ship reaches space station after GPS glitch delay

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – A SpaceX cargo ship reached the International Space Station on Thursday, delivering science experiments, food and supplies to astronauts a day later than planned due to a GPS data glitch.

Astronomers find seven Earth-size planets where life may be possible

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising the prospect of life, research published on Wednesday showed.

Wild boars roam Czech forests – and some of them are radioactive

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic has an unusual problem this winter with its wild boar meat, a local delicacy. The boars are radioactive.

GPS glitch delays SpaceX cargo ship docking at space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – SpaceX called off the docking of a Dragon cargo ship at the International Space Station on Wednesday due to a problem with the capsule’s GPS navigation system, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.

Indian sungazers keep up family tradition for four generations

KODAIKANAL, India (Reuters) – In the early morning darkness, Devendran P. walks up a hill to a solar observatory in India’s southern hill town of Kodaikanal, trudging the same path his father and grandfather walked in a century-old family tradition of studying the sun.

‘Alarming’ superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns

LONDON (Reuters) – Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an “alarming” threat to public and animal health having have evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned on Wednesday.

Russian space craft lifts off for international space station

ALMATY (Reuters) – A Russian Progress cargo space craft blasted off for the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, the first such mission since a failed launch in December.