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Starwatch: Saturn's north pole hurricane

A close-up of the hurricane raging at Saturn's north pole appeared in the Guardian on 1 May. This image, also by Nasa's Cassini probe, shows a wider …

Skylab's 40th anniversary reminds us of the danger from space debris

Today Nasa will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Skylab, America's first space station, launched on 14 May 1973. In a televised discussion, Skylab …

Would you eat a $325,000 test-tube burger?

A hamburger created from bovine stem cells will soon be served in London. The €250,000 (roughly $325,000) burger is the result of years of research led by Dr. Mark Post in the Netherlands, who hopes to show the world that so-called "in-vitro meat" could become a viable food source.<p>The burger was …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

Rock gas fuels ‘eternal flame’ behind waterfall

<b>INDIANA U. (US) —</b> Natural gas in underground rock layers can seep to the surface—sometimes in quantities abundant enough to produce “eternal …

Astronomers Discover Exoplanet Using Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity

A team of astronomers at Tel Aviv University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have announced the discovery an exoplanet …

Freaky Carnivorous Flower Has Super-Efficient Genome

Plant genetics are so weird.<p>The humped bladderwort is a flower that's as strange as its name. It grows in mats in shallow water, it doesn't have true roots, and it bears small, inflated, hair-triggered bladders that it keeps underwater. Any time a tiny swimming animal brushes past one of these …