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Orbital rocket blasts off on space station cargo run

An unmanned Antares rocket owned by Orbital ATK Inc blasted off from Virginia on Monday with a cargo ship for the International Space Station, marking the booster’s return to flight two years after a previous version exploded during liftoff. The 14-story-tall rocket, powered by a pair of new Russian-made engines, lifted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, at 7:45 p.m. EDT (2340 GMT), a NASA TV broadcast showed. Launch was delayed five minutes to resolve a minor glitch with the rocket, according to NASA commentator Brandi Dean.


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Orbital's Antares rocket blasts off from Virginia: NASA

(Reuters) - An unmanned Antares rocket owned by Orbital ATK Inc blasted off from Virginia on Monday with a cargo ship for the International Space Station, marking the booster's return to flight two years after a previous version exploded during liftoff. The 14-story tall rocket, powered by a pair of new Russian-made engines, blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, at 7:45 p.m. EDT (2345 GMT), a NASA TV broadcast showed. (Reporting by Irene Klotz in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Sandra Maler)


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Ingested Porcupine Quill Pokes Hole in Woman's Aorta

She had gone to a different emergency room with the same symptoms a week earlier, but was sent home because the doctors there thought that she was having a panic attack, according to the case report, published in September in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. On her second visit to the hospital, however, healthcare providers discovered that the woman had fluid in the sac around her heart.


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Twins Conjoined at Head Now Separated: What Causes Rare Condition?

The 13-month-old boys, Jadon and Anias McDonald, were born with a condition called craniopagus, which means they shared a portion of their skull and brain tissue. The surgery to separate the twins required a team of 40 experts, and finished at 2:15 a.m. today (Oct. 14), according to a statement from Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York, where the surgery was performed. "Well, we did it," Dr. James Goodrich, a pediatric neurosurgeon who led the surgery, told CNN.


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Woman Puts E-Cig Liquid in Her Eye After Mistaking It for Eyedrops

A woman in Scotland was injured after she mistook a small bottle containing e-cigarette liquid for eyedrops, according to a new report of her case.


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Civil War Cannonballs Uncovered by Hurricane Have Been Detonated

A pile of Civil War-era cannonballs was uncovered by Hurricane Matthew after it lashed South Carolina with strong waves and high winds over the weekend. A day after the hurricane blasted the state's coastline, on Sunday (Oct. 9), a resident walking along the east end of Folly Island — a coastal region about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Charleston that's known for its history of pirates and Civil War battles — spotted a pile of 16 corroded ordnances resting on the sand, said Folly Beach Chief Andrew Gilreath, director of public safety. The hurricane's waves and winds likely eroded parts of the beach to uncover the bowling-ball-size weapons, Gilreath said.


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Oldest Known Avian 'Squawk Box' Helped Ancient Bird Quack

More than 66 million years ago, a duck-size waterbird flew around the woods of ancient Antarctica, honking and calling to its mate with what is now the oldest discovered avian vocal organ on record, a new study finds. The findings also suggest that dinosaurs, for which no vocal organ has been found, likely didn't sing and tweet like birds do. The vocal organ, known as a syrinx, is tiny: about the width of a pencil and less than 0.3 inches (1 centimeter) tall.


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Tiny 'Beardogs' Get New Place in Carnivore Family Tree

A group of Chihuahua-size "beardogs" have new names a mere 37 million years after they went extinct.


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B. Rex: Giant Armored Fish Was King Before Dinosaurs

A team of scientists discovered the fossils of Bothriolepis rex, a new giant in the group Antiarchi — ancient fish with armored plates covering their head, shoulders and front fins. "Bothriolepis rex extends the range of known body sizes for the group Antiarchi," Jason Downs, a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and an assistant professor at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, said in a statement.


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Jumping Spiders 'Hear' Long-Range Audio with Their Hairy Legs

Tiny jumping spiders, which depend primarily on their vision to catch prey and evade predators, were thought to be capable of sensing only the sounds produced nearby, the study authors wrote. "Hearing in spiders is really different from the way that our own ears work," study lead author Paul Shamble, a biologist who conducted jumping-spider research with colleagues at Cornell University but is now at Harvard University, told Live Science. "Instead of eardrums that respond to pressure, spiders have these extraordinarily sensitive hairs that respond to the actual movement of air particles around them," Shamble told Live Science.

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5 Intriguing Uses for Artificial Intelligence (That Aren't Killer Robots)

Rather than leading to the violent downfall of humankind, artificial intelligence is helping people around the world do their jobs, including doctors who diagnose sepsis in patients and scientists who track endangered animals in the wild, experts said Thursday (Oct. 13) at the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh. Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking warned on several occasions that a fully developed AI could destroy the human race, and Hollywood sci-fi movies are rife with fierce robots battling humans for control. Many researchers want to know how many animals are out there and where they live, but "scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world," Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said at the conference, which was jointly hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University and was also streamed live online.


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This Man Was Killed by Brutal Boomerang Blow 800 Years Ago

In fact, cave paintings in Australia show that they've been used as such for thousands of years, during hunting and war. The bones were found eroding out of a riverbank in New South Wales' Toorale National Park two years ago.


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