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How a year in space changes bodies

Astronauts are spending a year aboard the International Space Station, and researchers are looking at what happens to their bodies at the molecular …

'Spooky' the asteroid due to give Earth a Halloween fright

Although its sudden discovery has spooked scientists, astronomers confirm that the 1,300ft-wide space rock will remain further away than the moon<p>A Halloween asteroid is due to scream past the Earth on the last day of the month, missing the planet by just 300,000 miles – frighteningly close by …

Astronomy

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site Seen in Unprecedented Detail

The clearest view yet of the famous Apollo 11 landing site on the moon was captured by a NASA spacecraft in orbit around our planet's natural …

Space Science

Octopuses Are Aliens Say Scientists After Examining The Mollusc's DNA

A new study has revealed that octopuses are basically aliens. Research on their individual DNA make-up discovered that they are unlike any other …

Biology

Single cell eyeball creature startles scientists | Cosmos

<b>Scientists studying</b> microscopic organisms in a seawater sample found a creature that appeared to be a tiny floating eyeball staring back at …

Biology

Robot passes self-awareness test

A simple experiment has shown that robots have greater self awareness and deductive powers than previously thought<p>Robots might be even cleverer than we realised.<p>A simple experiment carried out in New York has demonstrated that robots not only have greater powers of deduction than previously …

Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time

Cosmic rays provide a free source of high-energy collisions, which have been used in the past to discover new particles. A recent study calculates how often they produce Higgs bosons<p>On Wednesday the whole of year six from my daughter’s primary school came to visit UCL. They saw the Slade School of …

Physics

Nasa's New Horizons probe in final countdown to Pluto flyby

Next Tuesday, more than nine years after leaving Earth, Nasa’s probe will make history as the first spacecraft ever to reach the distant dwarf planet<p>Nine years after it left Earth, Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft will on Tuesday become the first probe to reach Pluto, the mysterious icy world at the …

Solar System

Pluto and Other Epic Space Photos

The first fly-by of Pluto is already sending back some intriguing images. Here are our favorite pictures of outer space's weirdest objects.<p>ESA

Will James Webb Telescope find new Earths?

If we took Earth and Venus – and had them orbit a cool, red star not too far away – could the James Webb Space Telescope tell which planet was …

NASA’s Dawn Probe Is in a Holding Pattern at Ceres After Glitch

NASA's Dawn probe is staying in its current orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres a bit longer than originally planned while engineers try to figure out why the probe went into a precautionary "safe mode" last week.<p>Just after Dawn fired up its ion engines to begin spiraling down toward its third …

Ceres

Pluto image revealed by Nasa offers closest look yet at dwarf planet

The most detailed pictures captured of the satellite have been beamed back to earth by the New Horizon spacecraft<p>Nasa has released the most detailed picture yet taken of dwarf planet Pluto, captured by the New Horizons spacecraft.<p>Taken from a distance of 8m kilometres, the relative close-up of the …

Solar System