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The Orbital Reflector, launching in 2018, is the world’s first space sculpture

Artist Trevor Paglen plans to launch “the first satellite to exist purely as an artistic gesture” into low-Earth orbit in 2018. The cosmic creation, …

Newly discovered 'super-Earth' may be the 'most exciting exoplanet'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over the last year, researchers have found nearby exoplanets that could potentially support life, like Proxima b and the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets. Now, a "super-Earth" has been found 39 light-years away, according to new research in the journal Nature.<p>Researchers believe it may be one of …

Universe

MIT's 'Moral Machine' wants you to decide who dies in a self-driving car accident

If there’s an unavoidable accident in a self-driving car, who dies? This is the question researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) want you to answer in ‘Moral Machine.’<p>The simplistic website is sort of like the famed ‘Trolley Problem’ on steroids. If you’re unfamiliar, according …

'Missing link' helps explain how T. rex became king of the dinosaurs

For the last 20 million years of the Age of Dinosaurs, giant tyrannosaurs sat high on the top of the global food chain thanks to their enormous size and sharp senses.<p>But it wasn't always that way.<p>The giant carnivores that ruled the planet from 85 to 65 million years ago evolved from an ancestral …

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 …

Pluto up close: Spacecraft achieves flyby, then calls home

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got humanity's first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home.<p>Confirmation of mission success came 13 hours after the actual flyby and, after a day of …

Advanced alien civilizations possible in 50 galaxies

After scouring 100,000 galaxies, scientists say that 50 are emitting unusally high levels of radiation which could hint at alien civilizations<p>Advanced alien life is possible in 50 galaxies, astronomers have said, after finding they are emitting unusually high levels of radiation.<p>A team of …

Watch NASA spin-test its Mars-bound 'flying saucer' this afternoon

Plus a Q&A on the future of landing in space<p>As NASA prepares to send more spacecraft, and eventually humans, to Mars, its scientists are having to rethink the parachute. Mars is what NASA calls a tricky "in-between" environment: unlike the Moon, its atmosphere is too thick to land with rockets …

One year in space: NASA's record-breaking mission is underway

Expedition 43 has successfully left Earth. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka are on their way to the International Space Station, and each one of them is embarking on a record-setting journey.<p>Kelly and Kornienko's 340-day stay will be the …

Space Exploration

DARPA's Response to Mounting Robophobia is Adorable

It's called Robots4Us, and it's smarter than it sounds<p>In case you were wondering whether Steve Wozniak is afraid of robots, get this: He probably is. "Computers are going to take over from humans, no question," the Apple co-founder told the Australian Financial Review earlier this week. He also …

Homer Simpson 'discovered the Higgs boson'

Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the Higgs boson particle 14 years before it was discovered, a writer claims<p>Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the Higgs boson in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, according to a science writer.<p>In The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace episode, Homer is shown in front of …

Mystery ‘alien’ radio signal picked up in space

Radio waves in space could be evaporating black holes, alien communication or merging neutron stars<p>A mysterious radio signal which may have come from a black hole, a neutron star or even an alien civilisation, has been picked up by astronomers.<p>Fast radio bursts, which last only milliseconds, are …