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Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:02:08 GMT

In search of cold, hard facts, scientists prep 470-mile adventure

A NASA team is heading on a trip arcing around the South Pole to check that their new satellite's measurements from space are just as good as their own back on terra firma.…




Sigh. It's not quite Star Trek's Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:28:07 GMT

Kepler-90 has same number of planets as our Sun

Our Solar System is no longer the largest known planetary system in the Milky Way – after scientists confirmed the existence of an eighth planet, Kepler-90i, around a Sun-like star on Thursday.…




Exploding alien bodies' space death-rays gave Earth its radiation cloak

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:54:37 GMT

It says so right here, in this paper

Scientists have solved a 60-year mystery by figuring out the source of harmful and highly energetic electrons whizzing around in Earth’s inner radiation belt.…




Which distant Mars-alikes could we live on? Ask these Red Planet data-sifters

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:52:04 GMT

MAVEN probe observations shed light on atmosphere loss

Scientists are applying knowledge gained from studying Mars to calculate how the atmospheres of theoretical exoplanets would behave.…




NASA says New Horizons' next stop might have a moon

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:02:32 GMT

Remember that 747 with an open door and a telescope? It spotted a moon-esque blip

NASA's hypothesised that MU69, the Kuiper Belt object that is the New Horizons probe's next destination, has a moon.…




New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:58:06 GMT

Scientists create self-applying membrane to protect cell

A new method of designing batteries, cooked up at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, could triple the range of electric vehicles, a new paper has claimed.…




Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:32:14 GMT

Calls for safe spaces with comfy recliners to speed recovery

Moaning men complaining they have "man flu" – a much more serious and, if sufferers are to be believed, potentially deadly version of the common cold – may actually have a point.…




Juno's July fly-by gave NASA a close-up of the Great Red Spot

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:05:13 GMT

Heat-driven storm is hundreds of kilometres deep

video It's at least 150 years old, one-and-a-half Earths wide, reaches 300 km (around 200 miles) into Jupiter's atmosphere – and now, thanks to data from the Juno probe, NASA's offering the chance to take a virtual dive into the famous Great Red Spot.…




Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:08:43 GMT

POTUS also wants to Make Mars Great Again

President Trump has called on NASA to focus its attention on returning humans to the Moon and landing on Mars.…




Forget Bruce Willis, Earth's atmosphere is our best defense against meteorites

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:50:02 GMT

Porous space rocks just can't handle the pressure

Researchers have discovered why most meteorites disintegrate before they reach Earth - and it's all to do with atmospheric pressure.…




Looking through walls, now easier than ever

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:04:33 GMT

Boffins working to put everyone in glass houses

Seeing through walls, a capability available to law enforcement and military authorities for several years, could become a bit more predictable in the future thanks to a technique developed by researchers at Duke University.…




Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:02:09 GMT

Emerges without much dust, ready for fourteenth Earth year of ops - rather longer than planned 90-day mission!

It has been the week of long-lived space hardware: first came the news of Voyager 1's thrusters working after 37 years without use and now NASA's cautiously suggested that the Opportunity rover on Mars will be fit to roll into its 14th year of red planet operations.…




No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:31:11 GMT

And it doesn't matter if you call the engine a 'range extender' or not

BMW claims that its electric i3 car has “zero emissions” and is a “really clean car [that] helps to give back to the environment”. Ad regulators have ordered it never to say that again – pointing to the Beemer’s petrol-fuelled auxiliary engine.…




Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:02:07 GMT

Ancient assembler code checked out and now probe's mission can be extended

NASA's announced that Voyager 1's already-amazingly-long mission will probably be extended for an extra two or three years, thanks to a successful attempt to use thrusters that haven't fired up since the year 1980.…




Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:04:07 GMT

Each packed with 50-plus qubits, it's a stepping stone to next-gen computing. Possibly

Two teams of researchers have created the world's largest publicly known quantum simulators – a type of quantum computer – each containing more than 50 qubits to model complex interactions between matter that cannot be performed with a conventional supercomputer.…




Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:11:12 GMT

House of Lords members make push for Scottish spaceports

During a third reading of the draft bill for space industries at the House of Lords yesterday, peers debated limiting the British government's power and also plumped for Scotland as the venue for a UK spaceport.…




Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:09:00 GMT

Launch blunder not the best start for Putin's new spaceport

Updated A Russian weather satellite and 18 micro-satellites are right now thought to be at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean after a Soyuz rocket carrying the birds malfunctioned shortly after launch.…




You live in the right galaxy: Milky Way to eat Small Magellanic Cloud even sooner

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:32:07 GMT

You've only got a few billion years, little buddy

Astronomers have long known the nearby galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud, was being monstered by the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud. But new imaging captured by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) has made it clear that the little star-factory has only a handful of billion years left.…




Give 1,000 monkeys typewriters, they'll write Shakespeare. Give them robot arms, and wait – they actually did that?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 05:37:08 GMT

Animal-piloted cyborgs is just what 2017 needs right now

Amputee monkeys have been trained to control robotic arms with their minds using an advanced brain-machine interface, a group of researchers has claimed.…




Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:32:07 GMT

New finch species developed in just two generations

New research has documented a species of finch evolving on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major, 1,000km off the west coast of Ecuador, in just two generations.…




Clone poster girl Dolly the sheep's arthritis was 'normal for her age'

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:57:09 GMT

Boffins say health issues were not related to genetic wizardry

New research suggests the arthritis plaguing Dolly the sheep – the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell – was normal for her age.…




Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:59:10 GMT

'Free science'/pirate site operator 'working on solving DNS issue'

Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month.…




'Water on Mars' re-classified as just 'sand on Mars'

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:03:11 GMT

Maybe very slightly damp sand, but new look at Martian gullies finds they look like dunes

Scientists have revisited a 2015 sighting of water on the surface of Mars and revised the theory to suggest what we saw was sand, and probably not even damp sand at that.…




Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:04:29 GMT

Boffins finds neutrinos sometimes collide with Earth instead of passing through

Video Thanks to work at the IceCube instrument in Antarctica, we have learned that Earth has an appetite for high-energy neutrinos: they're more likely to be “swallowed” by the planet in collisions with matter than those at lower energies.…




From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:03:08 GMT

Out-of-shape ‘Oumuamua only looks like a starship, right?

It's official: the Asteroid 1I/2017 U1, aka "‘Oumuamua", which screamed through the solar system in October 2017 is an interstellar object. And a very strange one at that.*




How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:02:11 GMT

*No, mate. Just no* New model throws spanner in exoplanet debate

A new physical model has added more support to the theory that the large exoplanet 55 Cancri e has an Earthlike atmosphere.…




Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:34:04 GMT

'Shape memory alloys' mean tires can roll over sharp objects without permanently deforming

NASA has developed chainmail tires with a memory and thinks they'll do the trick for future rovers.…




Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:12:12 GMT

NSF approves plan to keep Puerto Rico facility operational after hurricane trashed it

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved a plan to keep the famous Arecibo Observatory running after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria.…




'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:02:12 GMT

Boffins look on the bright side of detecting basically nothing

Physicists have ruled out the existence of axions once considered possible dark matter candidates.…




Rocky Ross 128 b might harbour aliens – and it's headed right for us

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:32:12 GMT

In 71,000 years, it'll be closer than disappointing dustball Proxima Centauri b

A new study to appear in Astronomy & Astrophysics has detected what could be our closest exoplanet that is not only rocky, but also orbits a star with a low amount of solar activity that could help an atmosphere survive – Ross 128 b.…




576-megapixel 'Zwicky Transient Facility' telescope sees first light

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:29:09 GMT

Astroboffins prepare for cosmic data deluge starting in February 2018

A sky survey destined to add yet another firehose of data to astronomy saw first light in early November.…




Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:54:25 GMT

When supermassive black holes collide, we'll feel it

The most violent gravitational waves in the universe from supermassive black hole prangs will be detected to within ten years, according to research published on Monday.…




Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 01:36:08 GMT

'Dream Chaser' is signed up for ISS re-supply six missions

Sierra Nevada Corporation's “Dream Chaser” automated spaceplane has successfully flown and landed.…




Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:05:15 GMT

By a multinational... But, er, RULE BRITANNIA!

The UK Space Agency has made a deal with Thales Alenia Space to assemble and test a carbon-measuring satellite, the British government announced yesterday.…




NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 02:29:10 GMT

If nothing goes wrong with biggest rocket ever, which is only a little over budget

Vid NASA has reconfirmed it hopes to stage the first flight of its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft in December 2019, but also conceded such a big build could run late.…




Astronomers find bizarre 'zombie supernova' that just won't die

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 23:35:19 GMT

Boffins baffled by slow burn supernova that glows and dims

Astrophysicists have discovered one of the weirdest stars yet in the universe: one that refuses to die, exploding as a supernova multiple times over fifty years.…




Our oldest mammalian ancestor named after British pub landlord

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:03:06 GMT

145 million year fossil reveals our rat-like relatives

Researchers have discovered fossils of our oldest mammalian ancestors yet found – along the coastline of Dorset in southeast England.…




Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:29:06 GMT

It also makes for great fertiliser

A speculative new study suggests that nucleic acids, proteins and cell membranes – precursors to life Earth – first grew from a single kickstarting molecule named diamidophosphate.…




Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:03:07 GMT

Earth-based 'scope clocks one of this simulation's first wonders

A large international team of astronomers has detected one of the oldest galaxies in the universe we've seen to date – born within a billion years after the Big Bang.…




Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:32:12 GMT

Climate apocalypse, you say? Meh, at least we have truffles

The Périgord black truffle has survived UK weather and grown in Wales*.…




Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:01:12 GMT

Proxima Centauri... more like Pulverea Centauri, amirite?*

New research suggests that a dust belt may be circling the closest star to the Sun, a red dwarf named Proxima Centauri.…




Giza geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:22:34 GMT

Pharaoh-nominal science breakthrough

Scientists have uncovered a hidden void in the largest pyramid in Giza, Egypt, using muons – a particle typically produced by cosmic rays, according to new research published today.…




Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:00:05 GMT

Not as fast as your first time, though, let's be honest

Physicists have whittled down the world’s shortest laser pulse to just 43 attoseconds (4.3 x 10-17 seconds), fast enough to observe electrons moving during chemical reactions in slow motion for the first time.…




NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 06:02:16 GMT

Probe to carry cams named SHERLOC and WATSON, plus chute-cam and selfie-snappers

NASA's revealed its Curiosity 2020 mission will pack 23 cameras.…




Astroboffins spot a fat 'monster' ALIEN planet terrorizing tiny dwarf

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 23:42:12 GMT

It's the biggest faraway world found compared to the size of its parent

Pic Scientists have discovered a new “monster” alien world that challenges today's theories about planet formation due to its sheer size.…




Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:35:11 GMT

FoI request reveals researchers pressured to tweak base case

Updated Academics at the UK's leading alcohol research centre tweaked their model to help the government introduce more Puritanical booze advice.…




IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:02:07 GMT

Wait! A PCM chip that computes as well as stores?!

IBM boffins have unveiled new work in-memory computing: doing processing inside Phase Change Memory with no external CPU.…




Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:01:11 GMT

Misbehaving gas giant's ends light up independently

Jupiter’s vivid northern and southern lights flash independently from each other, a discovery that has surprised scientists.…




Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:01:11 GMT

Nasty but nice: gaseous comet innards included water ice!

On July 3rd, 2016 something unusual happened on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko: a fountain of dust erupted out of a hole and spewed all sorts of stuff into space.…




India to launch moon mission in March 2018

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 22:07:11 GMT

Chandrayaan-2 will send a rover and an orbiter to Luna

India's space agency ISRO has announced its intention to launch a mission to the moon in 2018.…