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Our pick of the latest physics stories from around the world wide web.

Radio mystery baffles astronomers

28/07/2014

Astronomers have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves but they have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from.


China plans supercollider to push frontiers of particle physics

25/07/2014

China is proposing a 52km ring for its next particle accelerator capable of reaching energies of 240 GeV.


Rosetta closes in on space 'rubber duck'

21/07/2014

Images of the comet that Rosetta will land on are released.


Physicists crush diamonds with giant laser

18/07/2014

Physicists recreate conditions similar to those in the centre of planets.


World's blackest material

15/07/2014

Scientists have made the world's darkest material out of carbon nanotubes and reflects just 0.035% of light.


Super moon dazzles

14/07/2014

A collection of photos from the latest supermoon.


Inflation teams to share data

08/07/2014

The scientific teams of BICEP2 and Planck will share their data on results gathered to shine a light on inflation.


Mountain top blown off for telescope

23/06/2014

The top of a mountain in Chile has been blown up to make way for the European-Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.


Hidden underground water

16/06/2014

Scientists have found water trapped in rocks deep inside the Earth and are raising questions about how the Earth formed.


A soprano in space

12/06/2014

Singer Sarah Brightman is scheduled to fly to the ISS to become the first professional musician to sing from space.


Moon shows traces of another planet

06/06/2014

Scientist say they have found traces of another planet Theia on samples of the moon.


Mega Earth - a new class of planet.

03/06/2014

A new class of planet has been found, called mega-Earth, with a mass of 17 Earths.


Jupiter's spot is shrinking

30/05/2014

Jupiter's giant red spot, a storm the size of a planet, is shrinking.


Rosetta closes in

27/05/2014

The Rosetta spacecraft has completed a space manouver to bring it closer to comet 67P/C-G


Simulated universe models dark matter

09/05/2014

A new simulation of the universe shows how galaxies form around dark matter.


White house report says climate change is "increasingly disruptive"

07/05/2014

New White House report says climate change is impacting the US more than ever.


NASA unveils new prototype spacesuit

02/05/2014

NASA has unveiled a new prototype spacesuit suitable for a trip to Mars.


New image of ancient star cluster

29/04/2014

NASA have released a new Hubble image of a star cluster which contains over 100,000 stars.


Supernova brightness puzzle solved

25/04/2014

The extraordinary brightness of a supernova has been stumping scientist but is due to a galaxy in front.


"Most Earth-like planet yet"

22/04/2014

Kepler has spotted what scientists are calling the "most Earth-like planet yet".


New moon for Saturn?

17/04/2014

A new moon may have formed from part of Saturn's rings


NASA to test new landing system for Mars

14/04/2014

A new landing system for Mars is being tested, taking inspiration from the Hawaiian puffer fish.


Worlds "needs Plan B"

11/04/2014

The IPCC says the world needs a Plan B to address climate change because of a lack of political movement.


Europe launches Earth mapping satellite

07/04/2014

The Sentinel-1a spacecraft has been launched to map Earth's surface using radar.


Ocean found on Enceladus

04/04/2014

Gravity measurements from Cassini point to an ocean on Enceladus.


Key findings on the IPCC climate change report

01/04/2014

The new report highlights areas becoming affected by climate change from food production to weather.


Asteroid with rings

28/03/2014

Astronomers have detected signs that they have spotted an asteroid with rings.


Rosetta switches on

24/03/2014

The Rosetta probe has turning on its instruments after hibernating for almost three years.


Universe started with period of inflation

19/03/2014

Scientists have found evidence that the universe underwent a faster-than-light expansion early on.


Sonar cloaking device

14/03/2014

Scientists have made object invisible to sound.


New gases pose threat to ozone

10/03/2014

Four new man made gases are attacking the ozone layer.


Physics of cowboy's tricks revealed

07/03/2014

A physicist has figured out the formula for the famous flat loop for lasso.


Northern Lights illuminate the UK

28/02/2014

A recent coronal mass ejection led to some great pictures of aurora across the UK.


Meteorite spotted crashing into the moon

26/02/2014

A half tonne meteorite was spotted crashing into the moon and was bright enough to be seen from Earth.


Most precise measurement for electron mass

20/02/2014

The most precise measurement of the mass of an electron has been made by scientists in Germany.


Asteroid due for close graze

18/02/2014

A 270m wide asteroid is due to come with 3 miles of the Earth.


Net energy out from laser fusion

14/02/2014

The National Ignition Facility has successful used laser fusion to extract energy more than was put in.


Astronomers view the oldest star in the universe

10/02/2014

Astronomers have captured an image of a star from 13.6 billion years ago.


New impact crater spotted on Mars

07/02/2014

New images from HiRise has spotted a fresh crater on Mars.


Wireless graphene circuit a step closer

03/02/2014

A new type of circuit based on graphene, capable of operating wirelessly, has been made by researchers at IBM.


Detailed gravity map

31/01/2014

The latest gravity map of the Earth has been released.


Coca Cola calls for climate change action

27/01/2014

Climate change has affected Coca Cola's ingrediants that it's calling for action on climate change.


Rosetta's wake up call

20/01/2014

Rosetta's mission to study a comet is ready to wake up.


Secret of birds' flying V formation revealed

17/01/2014

Scientists have revealed why it's more efficicnet for birds to fly in a V formation.


A new type of hypervelocity star found

13/01/2014

A new type of hypervelocity star, travelling fast enough to escape the Milky Way has been found.


Black hole show almost set

10/01/2014

The black hole at the centre of our galaxy is lining up to engulf a huge cloud of gas.


Spirit turns 10

06/01/2014

The rover Spirit celebrates 10 years on Mars.


New disaster monitor tested

03/01/2014

A new type of disaster detection service is trialled that uses GPS.


Scientists successfully predict Earthquake

23/12/2013

Scientists were able to use monitors to predict the size and time of an earthquake.


China's jade rabbit lands on the moon

16/12/2013

China's Jade Rabbit rover lands on the moon and sends back pictures.