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A 9-year-old applied for a job at NASA — and got a heartfelt response

You're never too young to shoot for the stars ... even if you're barely tall enough to ride Space Mountain.<p>Just ask 9-year-old Jack Davis, who spotted a job opening at NASA on Thursday and decided to throw his hat in the ring. The New Jersey fourth-grader sent the administration a handwritten …

NASA tests engine that will eventually take us to Mars

NASA engineers tested the RS-25 rocket engine, which will play a crucial role in eventual missions to Mars, on Tuesday.<p>The test at NASA’s Stennis …

NASA has a brilliant plan to make the total solar eclipse last nearly 3 times as long

The total solar eclipse of August 21 will be the first in nearly 100 years to cut across the entire continental United States.<p>For most Americans in the path of the eclipse's umbra — where the moon blocks out the sun and casts its darkest shadow — the strange phenomenon of totality will last about 2 …

A tiny satellite filmed a rocket launching 48 more tiny satellites into space

That may seem like a lot, but the party is just getting started.<p>On July 14, a company called Planet Labs launched four dozen tiny satellites into orbit — all at once — and recorded part of the feat from space using a similar tiny satellite.<p>"For years, we've been talking about getting that perfect …

What a rocket launch looks like from space

Usually we only get to see what a rocket launch looks like from ground level.<p>But, now, a satellite company called Planet Labs has given us a new …

Elon Musk Admits Flying to Mars Might Be Hard

“There’s a real good chance that it does not make it to orbit.”<p><b>Elon Musk’s</b> space exploration company SpaceX—which has already revolutionized the spaceflight industry by launching and landing reusable rockets—has a bigger goal: to take people to the moon, and to eventually establish human colonies …

EU passes first law allowing companies to mine asteroids

Mining companies pull valuable material out of the earth and sell it. That’s their job and while there’s plenty of controversy over where, when and …

Elon Musk: regulate AI to combat 'existential threat' before it's too late

Tesla and Space X chief executive Elon Musk has pushed again for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence because “by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late”.<p>Speaking at the US National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence Rhode Island, Musk said: …

Artificial Intelligence

Meet the International Space Station’s adorable camera drone

Astronauts on board the International Space Station have a new robotic companion to play around with. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the first images shot by the "Int-Ball," a spherical camera that floats around alongside the rest of the crew. With its monochrome paint …

Millions of dollars' worth of Apollo moon-landing gear is up for auction on eBay

Welcome to the spectacle that is Sotheby's first "Space Exploration" live auction, which is being hosted on eBay.<p>The event kicks off at <b>11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 20</b>— the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It features 173 lots of space artifacts and memorabilia, which are …

Enormous Impact on Mars Could Have Created Mysterious Group of Asteroids

The Mars trojans may show a giant impact in its past.<p>Mars has never had an easy time as a planet, constantly getting bombarded with asteroids throughout its history as its atmosphere was stripped away to nearly nothing. A study published in <i>Nature Astronomy</i> today further highlights Mars's struggles …

Chancellor Philip Hammond hits back over public pay leaks

<b>Public sector workers get a 10% "premium" over their private sector counterparts, Philip Hammond said as he warned ministers against leaking cabinet talks on the pay cap.</b><p>The chancellor refused to comment on reports he had said at a meeting that public servants were "overpaid".<p>And he suggested some …

New IRA the 'biggest terrorist threat to state since the Provos'

The New IRA poses the biggest terrorist threat from dissident republicans in more than 20 years, Garda security boss Michael O’Sullivan has …

Northern Ireland

Baby boom will lead to 20 per cent more secondary school pupils in ten years, official figures show

A baby boom fuelled by migration will lead to 20 per cent more pupils at secondary schools within ten years, official figures show.<p>There will be over half a million more secondary-age children by 2026, according to a projection by the Department for Education.<p>The bulge in student numbers will …

Social work education is in crisis – we must act urgently

Where will the social workers of the future come from? Debt is deterring students while universities are withdrawing courses<p>We need to talk about social work education. Indeed, we need two conversations. One is urgent and must be held and concluded now. The other should start quickly, but be given …

Social Work

Majority of people think art should be compulsory until 16, survey shows

Three-fifths of people in Britain think art should be taught as a compulsory subject in schools until the age of 16, a new poll has found.<p>Research …

Dundee school covered in 'Grenfell Tower' insulation

Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>Pupils in a Dundee school finished the summer term in a building covered in the same cladding which is thought to have …

Architecture

Government to spend £10m recruiting 600 foreign teachers to fill maths, physics and languages roles

The government is to spend up to £10m recruiting foreign teachers to fill shortages in maths, physics and languages roles.<p>The multi-million pound …

Education