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      Asteroid mining is not science fiction

      Loony Luxembourg? Or great forward thinking by the Grand Duchy? The Luxembourg government’s announcement this week that...

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      Two leading US astronomers have published evidence that the solar system contains a new ninth planet, which takes up to...

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    1. January 15, 2016

      Peake takes his first walk in space

      British astronaut Major Tim Peake went on his first spacewalk yesterday, working with Colonel Tim Kopra of Nasa to...

    2. January 8, 2016

      Planetary science: Pluto’s secrets are unlocked by probe

      Six months after the New Horizons probe flew past Pluto, Nasa scientists are extracting ever-better images of its...

    3. December 10, 2015

      Atlassian shares surge on Nasdaq debut

      Australian software company Atlassian soared on its debut on Thursday, emerging as a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy...

    4. December 3, 2015

      Vampire’s quid a bet on blockchains unlocking animal spirits

      A world where businesses create their own currencies, as Goldman Sachs has signalled it may do, would be a...

    5. November 25, 2015

      Review: ‘A Passion for Space’, by Marianne Dyson

      A Passion for Space is not entirely dissimilar to EL James’s racy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. Both feature...

    6. October 6, 2015

      A space oddity that sheds light on start-ups and artists

      Entrepreneurs are encouraged to be ambitious. Elon Musk would like to die on Mars, though “not on impact”. Disrupting...

    7. October 2, 2015

      A walk on Mars is a step to the stars

      Belief in a “plurality of inhabited worlds” was widespread in earlier times. Venus was envisaged as a lush tropical...

    8. October 1, 2015

      The Martian — film review

      You know, it really doesn’t look so bad, the Mars of Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian. In a certain light, the red...

    9. September 30, 2015

      Protect Planet Earth against microbes of doom from Mars

      Fabulous discoveries are often followed by exceedingly dull paperwork, such as the checking and rechecking of data,...

    10. September 28, 2015

      Google bets on quantum computing

      Google has upped its bet that quantum computing will bring major advances in artificial intelligence, announcing a...

    11. September 28, 2015

      Nasa scientists discover ‘flowing’ water on surface of Mars

      US satellite observations have produced the first strong evidence for water flowing on Mars. The water is a brine...

    12. September 28, 2015

      The List: five films that play fast and loose with the facts

      When Matt Damon’s character finds himself stranded on Mars in Ridley Scott’s new film ‘The Martian’, he announces that...

    13. September 16, 2015

      The power of prizes to encourage innovation

      In 1906, Lord Northcliffe, the proprietor of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, offered a £10,000 prize to the first...

    14. July 24, 2015

      Pluto reveals more ‘thrilling’ secrets

      Ice flows on the surface and a haze extending 130km up into a thin atmosphere are the latest wonders of Pluto revealed...

    15. July 23, 2015

      Earth’s ‘big brother’ 1,400 light years away

      The US Kepler satellite has found the most Earthlike planet detected so far in the “habitable zone” around a Sun-like...

    16. July 20, 2015

      Musk says SpaceX became ‘complacent’ before crash

      SpaceX, the company competing for some of the US’s most sensitive space launches, may have become “a little bit...

    17. July 17, 2015

      Space probe reveals more of Pluto’s secrets

      The highlight of the second set of images and data released from the New Horizons spacecraft’s fly-by of Pluto is a...

    18. July 17, 2015

      Discoveries show Pluto deserves planethood

      Pluto, the celestial body 5bn km from Earth, has caught the popular imagination on three occasions. The first was its...

    19. July 16, 2015

      Alleged British hacker faces extradition to US

      Lauri Love, a British citizen accused of hacking into the networks of several US government agencies, was arrested on...

    20. July 15, 2015

      Nasa releases first detailed images of Pluto and Charon

      The first detailed images of Pluto and its moon Charon, taken by the US New Horizons spacecraft, show many features...

    21. July 15, 2015

      Tech group behind Pluto images set on mission for growth

      e2V technologies, which provided the technology to capture the spectacular images of Pluto this week, is looking to...

    22. July 15, 2015

      Space probe phones home after Pluto encounter

      The US New Horizons spacecraft has “phoned home” to confirm that it survived Tuesday’s historic first encounter with...

    23. July 14, 2015

      IT budgets cut even as cyber threat grows

      IT spending at many of the US government agencies hit by devastating cyber attacks is being cut, even as the threat to...

    24. July 14, 2015

      US New Horizons spacecraft reaches Pluto after 9-year voyage

      New Horizons’ 9-year voyage to Pluto The US New Horizons spacecraft is set to transmit the first ever detailed images...

    25. July 14, 2015

      The Grand Tour is over but solar system’s secrets remain

      It is enormously satisfying to tick things off from one’s to-do list before lunch. The New Horizons spacecraft, which...

    26. July 1, 2015

      SpaceX: ground control

      Most businesses are more straightforward than rocket science. Resupplying the International Space Station is not one of...

    27. June 29, 2015

      US space assumptions explode along with cargo

      It was a puff of smoke 139 seconds into the Falcon 9 rocket’s voyage towards the International Space Station that...

    28. June 18, 2015

      Keeping up with the Martians

      Thomas Mann believed in the powers of perambulation: “Thoughts come clearly while one walks.” Not for three men and...

    29. June 16, 2015

      Global water supplies are ‘in distress’, scientists warn

      More than a third of the world’s biggest aquifers, a vital source of fresh water for millions, are “in distress”...

    30. June 12, 2015

      California farmers squeezed by water curbs

      California is restricting access to water for many farmers whose rights date back over a century, as it struggles to...

    31. May 28, 2015

      Branding offers staff a higher purpose

      As they cruise the travelators and walk the terminals, passengers at London’s Heathrow airport will notice that, along...

    32. May 26, 2015

      SpaceX cleared for spy satellite lift-off

      SpaceX, the space launch provider controlled by Elon Musk, on Tuesday won a critical battle in its campaign to win...

    33. May 22, 2015

      California farmers vow to cut water use

      Thousands of Californian farmers have pledged to cut their water use by a quarter during this growing season, to help...

    34. May 22, 2015

      Blast from the past

      If you are a fiftysomething man, the rescue of Apollo 13, the first and only lunar mission to fail to achieve its...

    35. April 29, 2015

      Russian spacecraft spinning out of control in orbit

      Space administrators were forced for the second time in six months to abandon an attempt to resupply the International...

    36. April 14, 2015

      Next-generation robot chefs create a stir

      They can already vacuum our floors, wash our windows, scrub our gutters and mow our lawns. But now, household robots...

    37. March 20, 2015

      Planetary science: is there life in Jupiter and Saturn’s lunar oceans?

      Three separate discoveries have encouraged extraterrestrial life enthusiasts who believe that the moons of the giant...

    38. March 6, 2015

      First Person: ‘I discovered fish living under a glacier’

      It was January of this year and I was heading a team of scientists working in the Antarctic wilderness. We were 630km...

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