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Life on Death on Mars on Primetime TV

(3) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (16:26)

Over 80,000 people have registered, and paid a deposit, to express their interest in being part of a reality TV programme that aims to send a small number of people to Mars to establish the first colony there. It sounds adventurous but there is a catch. The colonists will be...

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Science Points to a Lonely Universe

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2012 | (12:40)

New research suggests that there could be many more wandering planets in our galaxy than there are stars. Planets could be torn from their parent suns and slung into space. Estimates suggest that a galaxy like ours could have billions of them.

Removed from their warmth of their parent...

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Witness the Star of Bethlehem for Yourself

(1) Comments | Posted 23 December 2011 | (23:00)

"In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."...

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Science's Little Secret

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2011 | (15:31)

I will let you in on a secret. In my email I have a list of many important headline-making science stories, but I'm not allowed to tell you about them.

What's more, thousands of other science journalists across the globe are in the same position. They are all sitting...

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Science on Fire

(4) Comments | Posted 8 December 2011 | (23:00)

There is a feeling, inevitably mostly among the young, that for physics, the times they are a-changing.

It seems as if revolution has come along so suddenly, but in retrospect there have been signs.

When change comes to science the old ideas are seen in a new way....

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Science: A New Mission to Explain

(6) Comments | Posted 1 December 2011 | (09:35)

There is no faster moving, more important, and vital area of human initiative than science. It's what feeds our bodies and our minds, clothes us and keeps us warm, prolongs our lives and extends our capabilities. No one who uses a credit card, a cell phone, takes a pill or...

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The Nobel Prize at the End of the Universe

(2) Comments | Posted 5 October 2011 | (00:00)

For the second time in five years the Nobel Prize in Physics has gone to astronomy, to two teams, one in the United States and the other in Australia, that charted the outer reaches of the universe using distant stellar explosions as probes of its expansion, and whilst sifting through...

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Awaiting Seven Billion People

(0) Comments | Posted 26 September 2011 | (00:00)

The seventh billionth person on Earth is waiting to be born. Somewhere on our planet on October 31st he or she will arrive, one of the 358,000 births on that day, on every day. We do not know where the birth will occur, but it will be unheralded, a routine...

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Harnessing the Power of the Stars

(4) Comments | Posted 12 September 2011 | (00:00)

The UK is to cooperate with a US project to develop nuclear fusion - the energy that makes the stars shine. If fusion works it will change everything giving us plentiful energy from a limitless fuel, and a world free from the geopolitics of oil and carbon pollution. But don't...

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Return To The Moon

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2011 | (05:00)

Today's planned launch of the twin GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) spacecraft, which are being sent into orbit about the Moon at the end of the year, are the latest in a series of unmanned spacecraft that have in the past few years revolutionised our understanding of our nearest...

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A New World is Uncovered

(3) Comments | Posted 10 August 2011 | (14:04)

This week, one hundred and fourteen million miles away, in deep space, where the sun is a fainter source of light than it is at Earth, in the vast but not empty gap between the planets Mars and Jupiter, a new world is being uncovered.

Today the Dawn spacecraft starts...

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