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The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Al Gore

ALORE

Could a new proposed particle help to detect dark matter?

The proposed particle has a mass of 100eV/c^2, only about 0.02 per cent that of an electron. While it does not interact with light, as required for …

Hubble spies a loopy galaxy

This Hubble Space Telescope photograph of an oddball arc of stars in galaxy NGC 7714 tells of a 100-million-year-old close encounter.

NASA Finds Mysterious Bright Spot on Dwarf Planet Ceres: What Is It?

A strange, flickering white blotch found on the dwarf planet Ceres by a NASA spacecraft has scientists scratching their heads.<p>The white spot on Ceres …

Planet hunting: the search for Earth-like worlds gains momentum | DW | 21.01.2015

While hunting on Earth is often frowned upon - hunting in space is all the rage. In fact, some scientists say that with recent developments, we may …

Universe

Dawn spacecraft delivers new image of dwarf planet Ceres

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration …

After Kepler, what is next for the planet hunters?

At the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society earlier this month, the NASA Kepler Space Telescope team announced its 1,000th discovery …

Mathematical approach provides a new step in resolving the mystery of glass

An interdisciplinary team of mathematicians and physicists has developed a new quantitative approach to understanding the mysterious properties of …

“That’s badass!”: Neil deGrasse Tyson explains Stephen Hawking’s groundbreaking black hole theory

<b>Neil deGrasse Tyson (Focus Features)</b><p>Tyson educates the masses about Hawking radiation<p>Sarah Gray<p>December 17, 2014 3:59pm (UTC)<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson has infamously offered unprompted reviews of science fiction movies, including "Gravity" and "Interstellar." In the video below, Tyson is again discussing …

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 …

Best Space Pictures of 2014: A Year's Delights Courtesy of Starry Nights

Of the 350 breathtaking space photos we published in 2014, here are our picks for the 12 best of the year.