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The Night Sky in March 2015: Mice that spell doom for Earth

Impending collision of galaxies threatens mass extinctions in four billion years (so not before the solar eclipse)<p><i>The chart shows the sky at the beginning of March. The positions of the stars on other nights can be found from previous Night Sky charts</i> <i>for they rise two hours earlier each month.</i> …

Universe

Piltdown Man, Beringer’s lying stones, dinosaurs… are they all hoaxes?

Palaeontologists of the past have fallen for some barely believable fakes. So what to think about ultra-sceptics who still question the existence of dinosaurs?<p>The history of palaeontology is littered with examples of famous frauds and fakes, often with eminent researchers in the field being …

SpaceX to attempt ocean landing again after DSCOVR satellite launch

A SpaceX rocket was scheduled on Sunday to launch a US satellite from deep storage to deep space, where it will keep tabs on solar storms and image Earth from nearly 1 million miles away.<p>The Falcon 9 rocket is targeted for launch at 6.10pm ET. Perched on top of the booster will be the Deep Space …

Astronomers Spy "Bullet" Galaxy Blasting Through Other Galaxies

A speedy space collision rips gas from a fast-moving galaxy.<p><b>What's New</b><p>A distant galaxy pierced another group of galaxies like a bullet, astronomers report, in a cosmic collision some 1.4 billion light-years away.<p>Observations from Europe's XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope reveal that the bullet …

Week's Best Space Pictures: A Rocket Roars, Saturn Mixes, and Titan Mimics

A rocket roars off the launchpad, Saturn mixes its upper atmosphere, and Titan mimics the crescent moon in this week's best space pictures.

This US Navy ship is now armed with a drone-killing laser beam

The US Navy now has a ship in the Persian gulf armed with a “laser gun.” That’s how the US Chief of Naval Operations described it, in passing, to a Congressional hearing back in March.<p>The Laser Weapons System, as it’s officially called, has been mounted on the USS Ponce, which is a kind of floating …

On Comet 67P, Philae conks out, as battery dies - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- After an improbable 10-year, 310-million-mile journey to become the first ever space vehicle to make a soft landing on a comet, the Philae probe may have ended its mission prematurely.<p>Its batteries have run down, said the European Space Agency.<p>"Philae has fallen into 'idle mode' for a …

The Week in Review: Tech Giant on Stage

It was the event we’ve come to expect from Apple: a crowded dark room, a dramatic stage, a detailed presentation and the unveiling of new products …

Exclusive image from Gymkhana 7

Guess who’s back? It’s Ken Block, in his outrageously modified classic Ford Mustang tearing up the streets of Los Angeles. Yes folks, it’s time for …