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Brian May warns of catastrophic threat to Earth from asteroids – video

Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May warns of the threat to Earth from a meteor strike. He’s among a group of experts calling for more effort to find and track potentially dangerous asteroids. ‘We are under threat from a meteor strike. This is a catastrophe that could be averted,’ he says …


I Chased Pluto’s Shadow Across the Southern Pacific Ocean

Last night, I joined several teams of scientists as they chased Pluto’s shadow across the southern Pacific ocean. We were riding aboard NASA’s flying infrared telescope, SOFIA, and needed to get that Boeing 747 to the exact right place at the exact right time.<p>Just before 5 a.m. New Zealand time, …


'Leap second' to pause clocks at midnight as entire planet gains a second

Markets and tech companies braced for glitches as extra second introduced to allow atomic clocks to stay in sync with the Earth’s gradually slowing rotation<p>‘Leap second’: how are you planning to spend it?<p>Time and tide wait for no man, the saying goes. But at midnight GMT on Tuesday clocks will …


Search for deadly asteroids must be accelerated to protect Earth, say experts

Campaigners including Brian May and Lord Rees are marking Asteroid Day by raising awareness of the the threat posed to the planet by speeding space rocks<p>The search for deadly asteroids that could slam into Earth must be speeded up 100-fold to help protect the future of life on Earth, according to …