Science

Japan spacecraft drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

Apr 5, 2019

Japan's space agency says an explosive dropped from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the way for the collection of underground samples

Worsening air pollution reducing lifespans in Indonesia

Mar 29, 2019

Researchers say Indonesia's air quality has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to one of the most polluted over the past 2 decades, shaving 5 years from life expectancy in some regions

Asia bracing for destruction by alien pest: fall armyworms

Mar 19, 2019

Asia braces for destruction by alien pest: fall armyworms invade corn fields, turning cobs to mush

Orangutan mother blinded by air gun pellets in Indonesia

Mar 19, 2019

An orangutan mother has been blinded after being shot with at least 74 air gun pellets on Indonesia's Sumatra island, where threats to the endangered species have increased

Japan to make crater on asteroid to get underground samples

Mar 18, 2019

Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft will follow up last month's touchdown on a distant asteroid with another risky mission _ dropping an explosive to make a crater and collect underground samples

Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

Mar 5, 2019

Philippine authorities have found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport

Indonesia court allows dam in orangutan habitat to proceed

Mar 5, 2019

Environmentalists have lost a court challenge to a Chinese-backed dam in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species

China drafts rules on biotech after gene-editing scandal

Feb 27, 2019

China unveils draft regulations on gene editing and other potentially risky biomedical technologies after a Chinese scientist's claim of helping to create gene-edited babies roiled the global science community

Japanese spacecraft touches down on asteroid to get samples

Feb 22, 2019

A Japanese spacecraft has touched down on a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system

Japanese spacecraft to attempt landing on distant asteroid

Feb 21, 2019

Japanese spacecraft approaching asteroid about 280 million kilometers (170 million miles) from Earth

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