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The 12 missions of Christmas

Many of us spend Christmas far from friends and family, but Richard Hollingham spares a thought for those farthest flung of all – our spacecraft exploring the Solar System and beyond.<p>In July 1965, Mariner 4 became the first space probe to send back pictures of another world from space. Fifty years …

Space

Ask Us Anything: Are There Electronic Defenses Against Drones? [Video]

Short answer: Yes, but they’re pretty much illegal<p>In the summer of 2012, a small robotic helicopter, painted Texas Longhorns orange and white, climbed into the air above the team’s empty football field in Austin. Then the device suddenly plummeted toward the grass, its controller overridden by a …

New Mexico

3D Robotics' new drone can follow you around, carry a mirrorless camera

3D Robotics is not about to let DJI hog all the press with its wild Inspire 1 Drone, so it just revealed its own semi-pro model: the X8+. The 8-prop UAV is designed to carry GoPro or lightweight mirrorless cameras, while offering a fully automated flight control system starting at $1,350 (without a …

Randy Schekman: first, a breakthrough in cell research. Now for one in publishing

There is a knock at the door early on in my interview with Nobel prize-winning cell biologist Randy Schekman at his office at the University of California, Berkeley, overlooking San Francisco Bay. The 2014 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine was announced in the early hours, California time, and …

Sizing up a new particle accelerator, and the 'cosmic stupid' limit

Somehow, you have to like a paper which contains the phrase<p>Now, let us assume that the effective cross section for the inelastic scattering of two cosmic rays is of the size of the Universe.<p>Cosmic rays are tiny things - mostly protons, or atomic nuclei - travelling through space, so the idea that …

Experimental Particle Accelerator Boosts Electrons On A Wave

Surf's up at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California.<p>The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's linear accelerator cuts through the grass and trees just west of Stanford University in California, running for two miles, its path clearly visible from the air. Now, in a lab on the same …

Physics

12 Amazing Space Vines From NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman

Time to step up your Twitter game, Earthlings.<p>One of the great benefits of high speed Internet is that astronauts are more connected to home then ever. In addition to all the valuable science they do up in space, we get the benefit of their presence online and on sites like Twitter, where they can …