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Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water in Martian soil

Dirt sample reveals two pints of liquid water per cubic feet, not freely accessible but bound to other minerals in the soil<p>Water has been discovered in the fine-grained soil on the surface of Mars, which could be a useful resource for future human missions to the red planet, according to …

Slow burner

The article by your science correspondent on the way the sun will expand (Long-range forecast: sunny spell will wipe out life, 19 September) in about 3bn years' time reminds me of a lecture given by Sir Arthur Eddington on the same subject. When he had finished, a chap in the audience asked: "Could …

Understanding anxiety and mental health stigma

If you look at the facts and figures on the mental health charity Mind's website, you'll find that around 1 in 4 people will experience some sort of mental health problem each year. About 10% of these people will see their doctor and be diagnosed as having a mental health problem, and of this …

Why has geoengineering been legitimised by the IPCC?

Today marked an important punctuation mark in the story of humanity’s attempts to get to grips with climate change as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its summary for policymakers (pdf here). Climate sceptic journalists and interest groups will be making the most of …

Starwatch: The October night sky

The Plough is swinging from left to right below Polaris in the N at our map times as the Milky Way arches high above through Cassiopeia and Cepheus. The Summer Triangle (Vega, Deneb and Altair) stands in the W having been high on the meridian at dusk while Taurus and the Pleiades are climbing in …

Chimps are making monkeys out of us

Tetsuro Matsuzawa begins his working day, conventionally enough, in front of a computer. He taps in a few commands, takes a seat and waits. Within minutes, the calm of his basement laboratory is pierced by the sound of excitable primates.<p>On cue, two chimpanzees appear through an opening in the …

Orbital Sciences Cygnus capsule berths at International Space Station

Nasa's newest delivery service pulled up at the International Space Station on Sunday after a week's delay, bringing more than a half-ton of meals and special treats to the astronauts who assisted in the high-flying feat.<p>With the smooth linkup, Orbital Sciences Corporation became only the second …

Silver bullion from sunken WWII ship makes it to the Mint at last

Commemorative silver coins are being struck from shipwrecked bullion that arrived at the Royal Mint more than 70 years late, after a German torpedo sent the ship carrying it to the bottom of the North Atlantic during the second world war.<p>The coins, intended for collectors, are made from part of a …

Test launch of Falcon 9 rocket