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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.


Hubble spots Europa spouting water

13/12/2013

Hubble has spotted water spouting from Jupiter's moon Europa, raising the possibility of a life searching mission.


NASA is sending salad to the moon.

09/12/2013

NASA is sending turnip, cress and basil seeds to the moon to see if they will grow.


Hubble detects water on exoplanets

06/12/2013

Hubble has detected signs of water on exoplanets.


Lift off for Jade Rabbit

02/12/2013

China's lunar rover has successfully been launched.


ISON makes it through, we think.

29/11/2013

It seems as though comet ISON has made it past the sun.


China moon rover set for launch next month

27/11/2013

China will be launching their lunar rover 'jade rabbit' next month.


Oldest piece of Mars

21/11/2013

Scientist think they have found the oldest piece of Mars on Earth.


Comet ISON brightens

18/11/2013

The comet ISON is now visible to the naked eye.


MAVEN set for launch

Credit: NASA

15/11/2013

The MAVEN satellite is set for launch on the 18th November and is going to look at why Mars lost its atmosphere.


Stepping up in particle physics

11/11/2013

The director general of CERN says we'll need to build a machine four times as powerful as the LHC to probe the answers to the conondrum of dark matter.


Potential for two billion habitable planets in our galaxy

05/11/2013

There could be two billion Earth-like planets with water in our galaxy, says latest study.


Mars One test mission by 2016

01/11/2013

Mars One will launch a test mission to Mars by 2016.


World's most powerful MRI scanner gets ready

28/10/2013

A new MRI scanner capable of seeing inside the body with ten times more detail than normal is almost ready.


Solar system found with 7 exoplanets

25/10/2013

A solar system containing 7 exoplanets has been found.


India set to become fourth space agency to reach Mars

21/10/2013

India will launch an orbiter towards Mars next week.


Meteorite raised from Russian lake

18/10/2013

Part of the suspected meteorite that exploded over Chelyabinsk earlier this year was recovered from a lake.


Diamond rain on Jupiter and Saturn

14/10/2013

Scientists have calculated it rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter.


Wandering planet found

Credit: NASA

11/10/2013

A lonely planet unattached to any star has been detected by astronomers.


Maven mission to search for missing water

07/10/2013

The Maven mission has been given emergency exemption from the US shutdown and will be launched next month.


LHC on Google Street View

30/09/2013

Go behind the scenes at the LHC as Google release street view of the detectors at CERN.