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UK research chief 'will not direct science'

4 July 2017 - 1:08pm

The new head of UK research has said that he won't centrally direct scientific research.

Our young moon’s supersonic winds made waves in its magma ocean

4 July 2017 - 9:22am

Just after it was formed, the moon’s magma ocean would have steamed out a sodium atmosphere on the hot, Earth-facing side, creating dramatic winds

Protons are lighter than thought, which may solve a big puzzle

4 July 2017 - 9:21am

A new experiment that makes the proton 30 billionths of a per cent lighter than before could help make sense of the glut of matter over antimatter in the cosmos

Demise of dinosaurs opened the doors to the age of tree frogs

4 July 2017 - 9:21am

Frogs leaped to take advantage of the global catastrophe that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago

Ribbiting stuff

4 July 2017 - 9:20am

The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Sun’s gravity could power interstellar video streaming

3 July 2017 - 9:17am

Space transmissions could slingshot around the sun for a signal boost, producing data rates fast enough to stream video from interstellar space

Hawking says Trump's climate stance could damage Earth

3 July 2017 - 9:16am

Stephen Hawking warns over Donald Trump's climate policy in a BBC interview marking his 75th birthday.

A fine-tuned universe may be controversial but can’t be ignored

29 June 2017 - 9:15am

The suggestion that our universe has physical laws and constants inexplicably just right for life is in the ascendant. Expect a heated debate, says Geraint Lewis

Planets in other star systems fit a puzzling pattern

29 June 2017 - 9:14am

Data from the Kepler space telescope show that exoplanets tend to be similar in size to their neighbours and regularly spaced, no matter the size of their star

Success of gravity-wave satellite paves way for three-craft mission

29 June 2017 - 9:12am
Technology far exceeded expectations in LISA Pathfinder test.

Gender bias: Citation lag in astronomy

29 June 2017 - 9:10am
Female first authors' work is cited less often.

Astrobiology: Hunting aliens

29 June 2017 - 9:09am
Ramin Skibba enjoys a profile of the woman heading the search for life off Earth.

Solar Minimum is Coming

28 June 2017 - 9:09am
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Intense solar activity such as sunspots and solar flares subsides during solar minimum, but that doesn’t mean the sun becomes dull. Solar activity simply changes form.

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NASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast

28 June 2017 - 9:09am
NASA will mark the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day at noon EDT Friday, June 30, with a special television program featuring the agency’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other projects working to find and study near-Earth objects (NEOs). The program will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.