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'Biggest Meteorite' hits the Moon…

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Scientists in Spain say they have observed a record-breaking impact on the Moon. They spotted a meteorite with about the mass of half a tonne crashing into the lunar surface last September. The collision, they say, would have generated a flash of light so bright that it would have been easily visible from Earth. The […]

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How to land a probe on a comet…

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The ESA (European Space Agency) has revealed exactly how it’s planning on landing the Rosetta Probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. After a ten year journey through space the Rosetta Probe will reach the comet in August 2014. Since the probe’s launch in 2004, the probe has circled the Sun five times. The coldest, loneliest leg […]

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The ISS will run at least until 2024

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NASA has won the White House backing to extend the life of the International Space Station for four more years, until 2024. Construction of the ISS began 15 years ago in 1998 and is a joint venture between the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency (ESA). The ISS has commitments running until […]

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Pulsars could start to question Einstein's Theories

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Scientists have found a pulsar with two white dwarfs, which are all packed in a space smaller than the Earth’s orbit of the Sun. These unusually close orbits allow the most precise measurements that have ever been able to have been obtained about gravity. This will hopefully allow scientists to resolve some difficulties with Einstein’s […]

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The Year of 2013 in Science

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2013 was the year in which an billion year old object from the cosmos shot through or atmosphere, whilst another from Earth hurtled into the uncharted territory of interstellar space and beyond. Early in the year, on the 15th February, stargazers were gearing up for the flyby of a unusually large asteroid. However on the […]

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The ISS Hits Trouble

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The crew on-board the ISS have been busy with a series of space walks to fix a cooling error on the ISS. The first space walk took place today (22/12) and finished at about 12:30 BST. The next space walk will take place on Monday (at roughly 7:10am EDT) and will also be aired live […]

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A Snap of Saturn

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NASA has released a spectacular new picture of the planet Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft in July. The image was produced as part of The Day The Earth Smiled Project, led by Dr Carolyn Porco. The image was taken during a routine imaging sequence during an event that was anything but routine! Four months […]

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Massive DNA Hunt Begins…

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Scientists are looking for 100,000 volunteers who are prepared to have their DNA sequenced and published online for anyone to look at. However although the participants will receive a full analysis of their DNA, anonymity isn’t guaranteed. The UK Personal Genome Project, who are running this are expecting that this will give a deeper understanding […]

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An Earth Like 'lava world' is discovered…

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A celestial object, with a similar mass and density to Earth has been found orbiting a star roughly 400 light years away. The observations that have taken place suggest that the planet, named Kepler 78b is composed mostly of rock and iron, similar to Earth. However the star is orbiting it’s ‘Sun’ extremely close, in […]

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Get ready for the Comets!

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Where will you be in the early morning of the 1st December? If you are in the right place at the right time then there is a chance, just a chance that you may see one of the wonders of the night skies, a great comet with a trail stretching out from it. Comet ISON […]

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Sleep “cleans” the brain…

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Researchers have found that the brain uses sleep to clear away the toxins left in the brain after a hard day thinking or at work.  The US research team believe that this is one of our fundamental reasons for sleep. Their study, published in Journal Science suggests that the brain cells (probably the glial cells) […]