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Scientist warns of inevitable solar super-storm propelled towards Earth

Such a storm would wreak havoc with our communication systems and power supplies, and scientists say we’re overdue.<p>In this month’s issue of <i>Physics</i> …

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Mars 2020 rover will pave the way for future manned missions

<b>Nasa's next Martian rover will attempt to make oxygen on the surface of the red planet when it lands there in 2021.</b><p>The rover will carry seven scientific projects, aimed at paving the way for future manned missions, seeking evidence of life and storing samples to be brought back in the future.<p>Among …

Rosetta captures high resolution images of comet 67P

<b>As Rosetta moved into what's officially called a "hyperbolic orbit", the cameras on board have been busy taking new images of the strange, icy body, comet 67P.</b><p>"It was very emotional to see these high-resolution pictures," said Dr Holger Sierks, principal investigator of Osiris - the main science …

NASA's Super-Black Material Arrives In Space

The material is so dark, you can't tell when it's been folded.<p>A sample of one of the world's blackest materials—so dark, it's impossible to see when it's folded—is now getting tested in space.<p>The material absorbs 99.5 percent of the visible light and 99.8 percent of the infrared radiation that hits …

Now We Know How This Giant, Earth-Bound Asteroid Is Held Together, We Can Learn How to Destroy It

An asteroid pointed toward Earth set to arrive in the year 2880 AD may not destroy all life as we know it after all, now that scientists know what’s …

Scientific Error Delayed the Search for Alien Life

Now You Can Truly Appreciate the Size of Comet Churymov-Gerasimenko

Curiosity Mars rover's drill test cut short

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover on Mars has had its drill out again.</b><p>The robot turned the tool in a flat slab of rock dubbed "Bonanza King", but it looks as though the operation failed to complete as planned.<p>Engineers are now examining the possibility that Bonanza King moved as the drill pushed down.<p>They …

Hints of elusive early stars found

<b>Astronomers may have discovered the signature of one of the Universe's earliest stars.</b><p>Theoretical models predict that some of the very first stars were hundreds of times larger than the Sun.<p>But no clear evidence of this had been found so far.<p>Scientists writing in the journal Science have discovered …

You Won't Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

Whether you saw the movie Gravity or not, you probably already know that space debris can be a big problem. But until you see a visual showing just …

Asteroid had active volcanoes, reveal researchers

Following the explosion of an asteroid over the Nubian desert a handful of years ago, researchers have been studying bits and pieces that were …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for August 2014

Author: Wired Science Staff<p>02:30 pm<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of …

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NASA's "swarmies" robots would team up to explore alien worlds

Currently, four of these robots have been built, each of which is fitted with a webcam, a Wi-Fi system to communicate with each other, and a GPS …

SLS completes key development review

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) program has received the green light to progress after the completion of a critical design review. The next …

Apple Updates HealthKit Privacy Policy

Apple has updated their HealthKit privacy policy for developers in order to keep user data from falling into the hands of advertisers and data …