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SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life.

Flatpack fear no more? Robot assembles IKEA chair frame
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Robots in Singapore have completed a task many humans dread - assembling flat-packed IKEA furniture.

Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria
LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research.

More than 100 parts for NASA's Orion capsule to be 3D printed
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA's deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars.

Gerst aims to be 'nice boss' as first German ISS commander
COLOGNE (Reuters) - Astronaut Alexander Gerst says he aims to be a "nice boss" when he becomes the $100 billion International Space Station's first German commander later this year.

Plastic-eating enzyme holds promise in fighting pollution
(Refiles this April 16 story to fix affiliation in 10th paragraph.)

GE rides gene therapy wave with ready-made viral drug factories
LONDON (Reuters) - General Electric is raising its bet on biotechnology with the launch of prefabricated manufacturing units for producing virus-based gene and cell therapies, novel anti-cancer treatments and vaccines.

Rocket-control glitch delays launch of NASA's planet-hunting satellite

Japanese engineer builds giant robot to realize 'Gundam' dream

Robot dog lends a helping paw to dementia sufferers