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Astronomers discover largest solar system

<b>Astronomers have discovered the largest known solar system, consisting of a large planet that takes nearly a million years to orbit its star.</b><p>The gas giant is one trillion kilometres away, making its orbit 140 times wider than Pluto's path around our Sun.<p>Only a handful of extremely wide pairs of …

Universe

Science: Best long reads of 2015 (part two)

<b>Part two of our festive collection of Science and Environment reads. You can read part one here.</b><p>Enceladus: A second genesis of life? <b>By Jonathan Amos.</b><p>The huge jets of water vapour that erupt from Saturn's moon Enceladus make this ice-crusted body unique in the Solar System. Before Nasa's Cassini …

Space

What happens when a 5,000-pound piece of space junk collides with Earth is nothing short of amazing

It is scheduled to re-enter our atmosphere next Friday, Nov. 13 at 2:20 pm ET over the Indian Ocean, about 62 miles off the coast of Sri Lanka.<p>Upon re-entry, WT1190F will put on quite a show as it races through the skies, generating tremendous heat from friction against air molecules in the …

Space

Sinai disaster airline Metrojet hadn't paid staff for two months

The Russian airline that operated the Airbus A321 that crashed in Egypt over Saturday hasn’t paid its staff in over two months, local news agencies …

Airplanes

Data Shows Metrojet A321 Experienced Sudden, Violent Attitude Changes

SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THIS ARTICLE<p>"Data Shows Metrojet A321 Experienced Sudden, Violent Attitude Changes" is part of <b>Aviation Week & Space Technology</b>’s …

Terrorists 'boasted' to Isil leaders about bombing plane, stranded Brits 'could face ten day delays' - as it happened on Saturday November 7

British official in Sharm el-Sheikh resort says British government is increasing the number of flights and will return about 2,000 nationals today on nine planes

The world just got closer to a 'hypersonic space plane' that will transform 'the economics of space'

BAE Systems, the globetrotting defence and aeronautics giant, just bought 20% of the firm, and it's making a major investment in Reaction Engines' most promising ideas.<p>The idea is an unpiloted and reusable hypersonic space plane. It's called Sabre. Here's how Reaction Engines describes it:<p>A new …

Aviation

Meet the 17-year-old who has 2 degrees, flies planes, and is deferring his master's to work at NASA

Life is filled with contrasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San Gabriel, California, who has dashed by major milestones as his age seems to lag behind. He graduated from community college at age 11. Four years later, he had a bachelor's in math from the University of California, Los Angeles.<p>This …

Computer Science

The Black Hawk helicopter just took its first step toward unmanned capabilities

The test featured an unmanned Black Hawk picking up and delivering an autonomous amphibious all-terrain vehicle, or AATV, which then carried out its own mission. The two unmanned vehicles managed to coordinate their missions and successfully carried them out.<p>Paul Rogers, director of the Army's Tank …

Aviation
Airplanes

U.S. warplane rerouted over Syria to avoid Russians, Pentagon says

<b>WASHINGTON</b> -- The Pentagon says at least one U.S. military aircraft changed its route over Syria recently to avoid coming dangerously close to …

6 of the craziest bayonet charges in military history

Bayonet fighting is a lost art to many, but it has served as a tried and true tactic since the first riflemen realized they could use a blade if they found themselves wanting to kill something when their ammunition went empty.<p>Here are 6 times America and its allies decided to press cold steel into …

Military
Art

Japan is flexing its military power

The Fleet Review in seas near Tokyo was the first major display of Japanese military hardware since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won lawmaker approval for legislation that for the first time since World War Two will allow Japanese soldiers to defend their foreign allies.<p>Abe is pursuing a doctrine of …

Military

Battle of Agincourt: 10 reasons why the French lost to Henry V's army

The Battle of Agincourt is often heralded as one of the greatest English military victories. Here are ten reasons why King Henry V's army was able to defeat a French force four times its size<p>The Battle of Agincourt was a major victory for England in the Hundred Years' War, and took place Friday, 25 …

WWII Shipwrecks Sought in 'Graveyard of the Atlantic'

Researchers are on a three-week research expedition to study World War II shipwrecks sunk in 1942 in what's called the "Graveyard of the …

Shipwrecks

Russia's air force bombs Isis base near ancient city of Palmyra

Russia confirms attack close to Unesco world heritage site and says its jets have struck more than 237 targets in Syria over past two days<p>Russia’s air force has struck the area around the Islamic State-held (Isis) ancient city of Palmyra, the defence ministry has said, as Moscow continued its …

Middle East