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How to build a starship

How to build a starship

Inspired by the 100 Year Starship Symposium, PM envisioned a space-craft ready to take 200 people on a 90-year trip to Proxima Centauri...

Swiss Space Systems Shuttle: orbit on the cheap

It costs a fortune to launch even a small satellite into orbit. Swiss Space Systems hopes to change that with its S3 concept. Watch a...

Fusion-powered rocket could send humans to Mars

Human travel to Mars might just be in the cards, thanks to scientists who are working to make a fusion-powered rocket a reality...

ISS to test the limits of ‘spooky action at a distance’

Albert Einstein famously described quantum entanglement as "spooky action at distance"; however, up until now experiments that examine this peculiar aspect of physics have been...

Comet heading for Mars

Comet heading for Mars

Astronomers have reported that a comet – dubbed Comet 2013 A1 – is heading for Mars and that there is a small but significant chance...

Monoclonal antibody targets, kills leukaemia cells

Researchers have identified a humanised monoclonal antibody that targets and directly kills chronic lymphocytic leukaemia cells...

Geckos keep firm grip in wet natural habitat

Geckos' ability to stick to trees and leaves during rainforest downpours has fascinated scientists for decades, leading a group of researchers to solve the mystery...

Battle for orbit: American rocketeers rewrite the rules

American rocketeers are attempting to reclaim a share of the lucrative satellite launch market from foreign firms. To win, they’re rewriting the rules and, in...

Young, hot and blue – stars in the cluster NGC 2547

The Universe is an old neighbourhood. Nevertheless, new objects form and others are destroyed. Meet some newcomers, the young stars forming the cluster NGC 2547...

Living wires discovered along ocean floor

Researchers have discovered filamentous bacteria along the seafloor that function as living power cables in order to transmit electrons thousands of cell lengths away...

Scientists clone extinct frog that gave birth via its mouth

Scientists have cloned an extinct frog, which uniquely swallowed its eggs, brooded its young in its stomach and gave birth through its mouth...

Universe older than previously thought

ESA’s Planck spacecraft has obtained the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the Universe, which suggests the Universe is...

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