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Millions of Americans hoping for clear sky as total solar eclipse nears
SALMON, Idaho/CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Millions of Americans equipped with protective glasses were taking prime positions on Monday along a ribbon of land across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century.

Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Saturday launched an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said.

Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era
HOUSTON (Reuters) - As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era.

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse
(Reuters) - When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere.

Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts
KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel - wood.

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind's remote past
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Saturday postponed the planned launch of an H-2A rocket tasked to put a geo-positioning satellite into orbit due to possible helium gas leakage, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said.

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

Chinese quantum satellite sends 'unbreakable' code

Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons