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Comet landing site announced by Rosetta mission team

Mission scientists say the landing site is strewn with boulders and has slopes and cliffs, so success is far from guaranteed Continue reading...

Nasa will 'miss goal to find 90% of nearby potentially dangerous asteroids'

Agency's efforts are poorly coordinated and under-staffed despite budget increase, says report by its inspector general Continue reading...

Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change

Analysis of proposed 6th grade texts show they falsely claim scientific disagreement about global warming Continue reading...

India scents victory in Asian space race to Mars

After 10 months in space and a voyage of 666 million kilometres, Indias spacecraft is set to go into orbit around Mars next week Continue reading...

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - podcast

Ian Sample meets the historian Yuval Noah Harari to discuss his international bestseller, in which he suggests we'd have been better off without agriculture, and puts our species' dominance down to our ability to fantasise Continue reading...

Eyewitness: Caithness, Scotland

Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series Continue reading...

So you think you know where babies come from?

It has been a long journey of scientific discovery from Aristotle to epigenetics and it's not over yet Continue reading...

Ambulance-chasing Large Hadron Collider collisions

Ben Allanach on the impure fun of rapid-response physics Continue reading...

Giving birth and boozing? The risks of drinking during pregnancy

With new research published about the harms of binge drinking while pregnant, what is the evidence around what, if any, is too much alcohol? Continue reading...

Nasa grants Boeing and SpaceX contracts for manned space flights

*Deal ends Nasas reliance on Russia for trips to space station*First manned commercial flights planned for 2017 Continue reading...

Landing on a comet: animation of Rosetta's mission - video

An animation of the European Space Agency's upcoming mission to land the first ever spacecraft on a comet. The billion Euro Rosetta probe will drop its 100kg robotic lander, Philae, onto the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 11 November. Rosetta blasted off from Earth more than 10 years ago and last month caught up with the comet Continue reading...

Rosetta's probe may land 500 metres from jets that produce comet's tail

The European Space Agency is playing a high-stakes game but the potential science return makes it worth taking the chance Continue reading...

Revolutionary diving suit to be used at site of 'world's oldest computer' find

Exosuit will enable divers to reach double normal depths during return expedition to wreck that yielded Antikythera mechanism Continue reading...

Rosetta's mission impossible on comet 67P interactive graphic

After Rosettas 10-year journey across the solar system and rendezvous with comet 67P, the European Space Agency has identified a suitable site for the perilous landing of its Philae probe. The mission aims to discover whether comets were the source of water and amino acids vital for the origin of life on Earth Continue reading...

Donald Bailey obituary

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Five sigma and all that

Why do particle physicists demand 99.9999% certainty before they believe a new discovery? And what do you do if you cant be that sure? Continue reading...

Starwatch: The ice giants

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Dame Julia Polak obituary

Leading scientist who, after a heart and lung transplant, embarked on a second career developing laboratory organs Continue reading...

Why the story of materials is really the story of civilisation

From the stone age to the silicon chip, materials are the fundamental building blocks of culture, argues scientist Mark Miodownik. Here he charts his lifelong fascination ahead of a new series appearing in Observer Tech Monthly Continue reading...

New to nature No 134: Campsicnemus popeye

The long-legged fly from Tahiti discovered by an entomologist with a passion for humorous names Continue reading...

Hopsters meet hipsters as East End families relive the exodus to Kent

Each September, tens of thousands of grafting Londoners used to decamp to the hop fields. Today a different type of Londoner has a taste for craft beers. A pioneering art/social project united the two tribes Continue reading...

Making plant taxonomy freely accessible

This lovely video describes important work of Kew Botanical Gardens to publicly share taxonomic information about the monocots online and in one place for the first time. Continue reading...

A plea for Mr Obama and other world leaders: its time to support science

As the Ebola epidemic demonstrates, the world is an ever more dangerous place, and wealthy democracies have a moral obligation to invest in less fortunate countries and to support a more stable and secure world. But neglecting science will be devastating in the long run Continue reading...

Comment sections are poison: handle with care or remove them

Comments are often regarded as a right but they can do more harm than good. In the absence of strict moderation, wed be much better off without them Continue reading...

The brutal oppression of the Nerds and the Geeks

The use of the term nerd doesnt quite match the terrible history of the n-word, despite what some people might say Continue reading...

New mathematics gallery at the Science Museum in pictures

Images from Zaha Hadid Architects explain its design for a £5m maths gallery at Londons Science Museum, due to open in 2016Science Museum unveils design for worlds foremost mathematics gallery Continue reading...

WARNING: wild extrapolation (a classification system for science news)

Science news and articles are becoming increasingly popular, but with so much being written about so many things, it can be confusing for the beginner science enthusiast to grasp what theyre reading and how to interpret it. A simple classification system could help remedy this Continue reading...

Microlithography techniques give arrays the nanoscale edge

A recent advance in nanotechnology could herald the widespread uptake of nanoelectrode arrays and the next generation of low-cost, high-performance nanoscale biosensing devices Continue reading...

Crazy paving: the twisted world of parquet deformations

Craig Kaplan is master of the geometrical technique in which tiles are constantly changing shape Continue reading...

Brainy processing at your fingertips

New research shows that nerve endings in the fingertips perform neural computations that were thought to occur in the brain. Continue reading...


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