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Week's Best Space Pictures: Pillars Bloom, a Star Illuminates, and a Moon Sets

Hubble revisits an iconic place in space, a star lights up Saturn's rings, and a wolf moon sets in this week's best space pictures.

Microbes discovered by deepest marine drill analysed

<b>Life uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition has been analysed by scientists.</b><p>The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) found microbes living 2,400m beneath the seabed off Japan.<p>The tiny, single-celled organisms survive in this harsh environment on a low-calorie diet of …

Biology

Birth

Origami robot doesn't need a human to assemble itself and start working

Folding robots are nothing new, but scientists from Harvard and MIT have taken it to the next level, by designing one that assembles itself <i>and</i> walks away to do its job with zero human input. The robots start out as a flat sheet of paper and polystyrene plastic (which you most likely know as Shrinky …

Milky Way's Structure Mapped In Unprecedented Detail

Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like.<p>It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way's structure has so far eluded researchers. But it's tough to get a broad view of the galaxy from within.<p>"We are fairly …

Drones: Archaeology's Newest Tool to Combat Looting

In Jordan, aerial drones will conduct a five-year survey of looted Dead Sea sites.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>The scenes are haunting. A video camera strapped to the nose of a drone aircraft first shows only a spinning, sunlit horizon in the barrens of</b> …

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

Physics

Rough diamond hints at vast quantities of water inside Earth

Battle-scarred diamond provides evidence of 'wet zone' 410km below the surface where water is locked up inside minerals<p>A small, battered diamond found in the gravel strewn along a shallow riverbed in Brazil has provided evidence of a vast "wet zone" deep inside the Earth that could hold as much …

The giant doughnuts that could help a Mars landing

Hurtling towards Mars and don’t know how to stop? Nasa is developing a technology that could help prevent disaster.<p>At an isolated facility in the Mojave Desert, protected by two security checkpoints and patrolled by armed guards, Nasa is conducting an experiment to help shape humanity’s future in …

Space Exploration

4,000-year-old Dartmoor burial find rewrites British bronze age history

Stone box contains earliest examples of wood-turning and metal-working, along with Baltic amber and what may be bear skin<p>Some 4,000 years ago a young woman's cremated bones – charred scraps of her shroud and the wood from her funeral pyre still clinging to them – was carefully wrapped in a fur …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most stunning images from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a frozen Niagara Falls and a rocket launched into an aurora.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Leopard escape and London time travel<p>Iced-up airliners and a violent Sun<p>Dancing F-16s and a view of the Universe<p>A rocket’s slow crawl and …

Photos

Rostislav Belyakov: The man behind the MiGs

In the Cold War, the word MiG became synonymous with the military might of the Soviet Union. BBC Future looks at the incredible aircraft designs and the man who helped create them.<p>Russian aircraft designer Rostislav Belyakov, who died last week at the age of 94, was not a household name. But the …

Aviation

Pan Past JWST at L2 Point

Project Morpheus Free Flight 8

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Space Pictures This Week: Cigar Galaxy, Speedy Star

Auroras dance, a speedy star leaves a bow shock in its wake, and Martian dunes glimmer in this week's roundup of best space pictures.<p>Looking to get away from it all? How about a trip to Bouvet Island, seen in the above satellite image released on February 26 by NASA.<p>Prepare for a long trip if you …

Curiosity Rover pauses mid-drive and captures Spectacular Martian Mountain Snapshot

Mars rock rows and Spectacular Mount Sharp<br>Martian landscape scene with rows of striated rocks in the foreground and spectacular Mount Sharp on the …

Space

Mysterious Quantum 'Dropletons' Form Inside Semiconductors Shot With Lasers

By shooting a semiconductor with ultra-fast laser pulses, scientists have discovered a new quasiparticle that behaves like a drop of liquid. They …

Watch A Robot 3-D Print With Metal

Autodesk teamed up with designer Joris Laarman to create the system.<p>Metal, despite being one of the most ubiquitous building materials, isn't something we see in 3-D printing too often. (Seriously: we've got pizza before small-scale, consumer steel printing.) But software company Autodesk, working …

3D

Venus has planet-sized space weather explosions

Scientists like to compare Earth and Venus. What happened differently at Venus to make it so harsh and inhospitable? These space weather explosions …

Astronomy

A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can't check it

If you thought the mathematical proofs you did in high school were long, you haven't seen the newest one out of the University of Liverpool — computer scientists Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev came up with a math proof that takes up a huge 13-gigabyte file, greater than all of Wikipedia's pages …