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World temperatures hit new high in 2016 for third year in a row
OSLO (Reuters) - World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday.

Antarctic ice floe crack forces UK scientists to leave
LONDON (Reuters) - The British Antarctic Society is recalling scientists from its Halley VI polar research base in March after a fissure developed in the ice sheet.

Europe's oncologists back biosimilar versions of cancer drugs
(Reuters) - Europe's leading association of oncologists has thrown its weight behind cheaper copycat versions of biotech cancer drugs that have lost patent protection, saying they are effective and affordable.

Southern African maize munching pest is South American invader: experts
LUSAKA (Reuters) - A maize pest that has devastated crops in southern Africa is a South American species which is harder to detect and eradicate than its African counterpart, agriculture officials and experts said on Tuesday.

Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on moon, dies at 82
(This version of the story has been corrected in the second paragraph to say Gene Cernan was the second American to walk in space from second man)

Japan space agency fails to launch mini rocket
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's space agency said on Sunday it failed to launch a mini rocket carrying a satellite into space due to failure of the communications systems.

SpaceX returns to flight, sending satellites into orbit
(Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, returning the company to flight for the first time since a fiery launchpad explosion in September. The 230-foot (70-meter) rocket launched from VandenbergAir Force Base at 9:54 a.m. PST (1754 GMT) to deliver 10satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc.

Astronauts upgrade station power system in six-hour spacewalk

Giant telescope in Chile to seek habitable planets in Alpha Centauri

Scientists find clues to why binge-drinking causes binge-eating