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Distant Jupiter-like world may be the darkest planet ever found

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:30pm
The clouds on WASP-104b – an exoplanet orbiting a star 466 light years away – have been swept away by radiation, leaving a surface that reflects almost no light
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NASA finally has a new boss after a year-long wait

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 3:53pm
After months of debate, Trump's pick to head NASA has now been confirmed. This ends the space agency's longest-ever period without permanent leadership
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Shredded galaxy is disintegrating before our eyes after smash-up

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:20pm
After a collision with its neighbouring galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud may lose its ability to give birth to new stars, causing it to grow dim
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Diamond meteorites may come from a lost ancient planet

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:00pm
We may have found signs of a planet destroyed during the era of Earth’s formation. Meteorites with pockets of diamond could be the shards of this ancient world
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The neon swirls that show how a map of our galaxy is made

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 3:00am
The Gaia satellite rotates as it scans the entire sky, creating beautiful patterns as it makes the best 3D map of our galaxy we have ever had
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NASA has launched a new space telescope to hunt for exoplanets

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:09pm
The hunt for exoplanets is getting a new set of eyes. NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) could find as many as 20,000 distant worlds
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Young Saturn gave Jupiter the building blocks for its big moons

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:38am
After Jupiter formed, it likely had no nearby material to build moons. Young Saturn may have tossed rocks at the gas giant that grew into its four biggest moons
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What to expect from this Saturday’s March for Science

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 6:29am
The March for Science on 14 April will involve rallies in more than 200 cities, as a sequel to last year’s inaugural march in protest of president Donald Trump
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Life on toxic Venus? Acid-loving microbes could thrive in clouds

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 1:27pm
Life on Venus has been thought impossible due to its acidic atmosphere. But acid-loving microbes are all over Earth, so they could also live in its toxic clouds
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War in space may happen soon, but it won’t be what you expect

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 2:00pm
The US is making noises about increasingly militarising space, but orbital conflict won’t be a battle of spaceships and bombs
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Life on nearest exoplanet may have been wiped out by superflare

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 1:18pm
Bad news for life near Proxima Centauri – the star has been seen emitting explosive blasts of radiation that would destroy the ozone on its Earth-like planet
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Lunar X Prize to put a rover on the moon has been resurrected

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 1:23pm
The competition for a private firm to put a rover on the moon was cancelled in January when no firm seemed close enough. It’s back now, but without a cash prize
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Astronauts could 3D print tools from their own processed faeces

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:27am
Astronauts on long missions won't be able to bring all their tools with them. A new way of turning faeces into 3D-printable plastic may solve that problem
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NASA is trying to build a supersonic aircraft without the boom

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 6:28am
NASA awarded a $247.5 million contract to Lockheed Martin to design and build an aeroplane that breaks the sound barrier without shattering the peace and quiet
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We see neutrinos from the big bang in the way galaxies cluster

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:20pm
Just after the big bang, waves of neutrinos and other matter raced across the cosmos. Those neutrinos reached forward in time to dictate where galaxies form now
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The centre of our galaxy may be swarming with 10,000 black holes

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 2:00pm
We knew that the centre of the Milky Way was home to a supermassive black hole. But now we’ve also spotted evidence of 10,000 smaller black holes flanking it
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Chinese space station Tiangong-1 has finally fallen from the sky

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 10:22pm
After two years of spiralling closer and closer to Earth, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 has come crashing through the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean
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Far-off black hole appears to be shredding and devouring a star

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:02pm
We may be watching a supermassive black hole rip a star limb from limb. As it swallows bits of the star, it will release enough energy to stay bright for months
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Mission Icarus: Inside the daring plan to touch the sun

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 5:00am
The Parker Solar Probe is about to unlock the secrets of our star by flying into its fiery atmosphere – a mission that will push technology to the limit
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Earth had water even before the collision that made the moon

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:00pm
Comparing moon rocks to volcanic ones from the ocean floor shows that Earth’s water may have stuck around even through the giant impact that formed the moon
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