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Target Pluto: fastest spaceship set for epic encounter with our remotest planet

It is the fastest spaceship ever launched and has been hurtling towards its target at a staggering 36,000mph for the past nine years. But now Nasa engineers are preparing to put their robot craft, New Horizons, on its final course – to the tiny world of Pluto.<p>Scheduled to reach its target on 14 …

Solar System

A way forward to solve the hard problem of consciousness

I participated in the Greenland consciousness cruise referred to in your article (The I in mind, 21 January). The majority of the participants were in the Daniel Dennett camp, according to which proper respect for science requires us to deny the very existence of consciousness. David Chalmers …

Consciousness

Probing the deep history of human genes and language

Brown University evolutionary biologist Sohini Ramachandran has joined with colleagues in publishing a sweeping analysis of genetic and linguistic …

Watch A Stegosaurus Skeleton Get Reassembled

And you thought putting together your kid's Christmas presents was difficult<p>After this dinosaur was buried for 150 million years, it needed some help pulling itself together. In the video above, you can watch a team of experts reassemble the most complete <i>Stegosaurus</i> fossil known to date.<p>The fossil …

The quagga now standing on three legs is next in line for Bone Idol restoration

Skeleton of zebra’s extinct cousin is treasured exhibit of Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London<p>The creature standing rather unsteadily in a zoology museum in London is among the rarest in the world, and frankly she’s not looking her best.<p>The quagga in the Grant Museum, part of …

2014's most dubious 'science' claims

A lot of major scientific stories broke in 2014; some good, some not so good. However, outside of the focus of the official science channels, things tend to get quite strange. Many questionable, surreal and downright bizarre scientific claims were given media attention, but under the guise of news …

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

Sleepy space probe New Horizons awakens for close-up with Pluto

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three billion miles away from Earth, in an unchartered slice of our solar system, a small space probe is shaking off its deep sleep and getting ready to become the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and its moons.<p>It's the "beginning of the mission's primary objective: the exploration of Pluto …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …