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The physics of Star Wars' Starkiller Base: could that really happen?

A spoilery discussion about the science of The Force Awakens<p><b>Note: Major Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers ahead.</b><p>In <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, the next generation of the Empire — known as the First Order — has developed a giant weapon called Starkiller. It's like the Death Star's primary …

Black Holes

Could lightsabers exist and dinosaurs return?

As Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally arrives in cinemas, Prof Will Stewart answers the science fiction questions on everybody's lips<p>The wait is over. The new Star Wars film <i>The Force Awakens</i> has opened in cinemas with many predicting it will smash box office records worldwide.<p>The franchise's …

A nearby dark matter galaxy?

Measurements of the velocities of just six stars in a galaxy of only 1,000 visible stars suggest the highest concentration of dark matter of any …

Royal Society photographic competition: The winner and runners up - Telegraph

Comet found spewing booze out into space

Earlier this year, astronomers from the Paris Observatory observed a comet in our Solar System spewing large amounts of ethyl alcohol, the same type found in alcoholic drinks, into space as it passed close by the Sun. The comet — aptly named Comet Lovejoy — spat out the equivalent of "500 bottles …

International Space Station filled with germs, Nasa warns

Bacterial pathogens mostly innocuous on Earth thrive in ISS as it is prime breeding ground, study that could lead to stricter space cleaning regime finds<p>Despite orbiting 248 miles above the Earth, the International Space Station is swarming with infectious germs, a new study has found - and …

Climate scientists ponder spraying diamond dust in the sky to cool planet

Climate scientists have thought up plenty of futuristic ways to cool the planet, but an analysis published on 26 October1 examines what may be their …

Particles

Spacecraft Will Sniff Enceladus's Underground Ocean On Wednesday

Could alien life survive on Saturn's moon?<p>By some accounts, Enceladus is the number one place in our solar system to search for life. Sure, it looks icy on the outside, but it's what's on the inside that counts. And what's inside Enceladus is a liquid ocean that may contain more water than all of …

The death toll from the strongest hurricane ever recorded was less than 10

Hurricane Patricia threatened to devastate southwestern Mexico as it barreled towards the coast at 200 miles an hour—the strongest storm ever recorded in the western hemisphere.<p>But the category 5 hurricane, which made landfall the evening of Oct. 23, was a mere tropical storm by the following …

Weather

Six pence drug could keep Alzheimer's patients out of care homes

The drug donepezil helps late stage dementia patients to cope with everyday tasks like dressing and shopping<p>A drug which costs just 6p a day could keep tens of thousands of Alzheimer’s patients out of care homes, but doctors are stopping medication too early, a study has found.<p>Currently donepezil …