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World’s largest ‘artificial sun’ turned on in Germany

German researchers have declared 'Let there be light!', with the turning on of the world's largest artificial sun to produce environmentally friendly fuels. In the town of Jülich in the German state ...

The fight over Pluto is much bigger than one (dwarf) planet

A team of scientists seeking to restore Pluto to planethood launched a campaign on Tuesday to broaden the astronomical classifications which led to its demotion to a "dwarf planet" a decade ago. Six ...

Pictures of the Day: 24 March 2017

Humans (not you, you'll be dead) are going to have to live somewhere other than Earth eventually. There might be some options for new homes on Mars, the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, or even one ...

Gravitational Waves Send Supermassive Black Hole Flying

Most large galaxies like our own Milky Way have a supermassive black hole in the center. It's so common that astronomers just expect to see the telltale signs of a black hole in the heart of galaxies...

Two-Thirds of Cancer Mutations Are Random and Unavoidable, Scientists Claim

Cancer is caused by mistakes in DNA, and a new study finds that in most cancer cases, these mistakes are completely random; they're not due to heredity or environmental factors, but rather the result...

All mapped out? Using satnav ‘switches off’ parts of the brain, study suggests...

The rise of satnavs has made navigating through unfamiliar streets an easier task than ever before, but following the instructions actually “switches off” activity in parts of the brain used for navi...

International Space Station Spacewalks To Begin Today

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 22, 2016 shows a handout picture. 4 4 (FILES) This file photo taken on November 22, 2016 shows a handout picture released on November 22, 2016 by the ESA/NAS...

When is Earth Hour 2017? What is ‘turn out the lights’ movement by WWF? Date a...

For the ninth consecutive year, NH Hotel Group will support the WWF global initiative Earth Hour, switching off the lights of its hotels' façades all over the world. With this gesture, which will be ...

Little sun activity due to the next solar minimum

Nasa has released a picture of a completely spotless sun, which could mean the star is heading towards a lull in its 11-year cycle. It's been clear of sunspots for a whole two weeks this month, which...

A 3 billion solar mass black hole rockets out of a galaxy at 8 million kilometers per hour...

If really big numbers don't make sense to you, this story may leave you confused. But when supermassive black holes are involved, especially one that is 8 billion light-years away and weighs more tha...

Private Mission To Moon: PTScientists Mull To Launch 2 Lunar Rovers Atop SpaceX Falcon 9 I...

NASA almost sent a mini motorbike to the moon instead of the familiar Apollo lunar buggy, it has been revealed. Newly released images show a series of mini motorcycles being tested by astronauts in f...

Solar-powered skin could achieve higher transplant sensitivity

March 23, 2017 —A new development promises a future with more advanced artificial limbs for people and robots alike. A team of engineers led by University of Glasgow engineer Ravinder Dahiya has impr...

Arctic sea ice just hit a new record low in the North Pole

The National Snow and Ice Data Center announced today that Arctic sea ice hit a record low maximum extent for 2017 on March 7 at 5.57 million square miles. That makes this the third straight year wit...

No More Bumbling—Bee Cleared for Endangered Species Listing

On Tuesday, the rusty patched bumblebee became the first wild bee in the continental United States to be placed on the U.S. endangered species list. Veronica Balderas Iglesias reports, scientists hop...

East Anglia is turning out the lights for Earth Hour. Here’s how you can get involve...

HARTFORD -- This weekend, people across the world will turn off the lights to make a statement about protecting the earth. The World Wildlife Fund is asking people to turn up the dark! On Saturday, M...

Most cancer mutations are bad luck, but environment still important, study finds

CancerCellsKrishnaCreations KrishnaCreations/DreamstimeA new article in Science is reporting that most cancers in people are the result random copying errors that occur when cells in the body divide....

‘We’re In Uncharted Territory’: WMO’s 2016 Global Climate Report

Earlier this year it was widely reported that 2016 had been the hottest year ever. This week the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published its annual statement on the state of the global clim...

UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error

While we all want to travel, live, and bang in space, there are some pretty major things to consider, such as the fact that our sentient flesh cocoons were not designed to handle the harsh conditions...

Mars Curiosity Rover is injured with no one around to fix it

NASA's Curiosity rover has been driving across Mars for over four-and-a-half years without an overhaul and it's starting to show. According to the space agency, the six aluminum wheels that support t...

New definition of planet would make Pluto, 100 celestial bodies into planets

A team of six scientists from institutions across the United States have suggested a new planetary classification system, which would restore to Pluto its status as the ninth planet. The team present...