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Asteroid sampling mission probably failed

ByMaggieMcKeeandAFPTheJapanesespacecraftHayabusaislikelytohavefailedinitslandmarkmissiontocollectthefirst-eversamplesfromanasteroid

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Liquid crater on the Red Planet?

TANTALISINGhintsofliquidwaterhavebeenfoundburiedunderseveralkilometresoficeonMars.MARSISradarantenna

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Mars rover's broken arm moves again

ByKellyYoung(Image:NASA)NASA’sMarsroverOpportunityextendeditsroboticarmonTuesdaymorning

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Nobel laureate admits string theory is in trouble

Editorial:Physics’greatestendeavourisgrindingtoahalt“WEDON’Tknowwhatwearetalkingabout.”ThatwasNobellaureateDavidGrossatthe23rdSolvayConferenceinPhysicsinBrussels

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ESA unlikely to back Russian space plane

ByMaggieMcKee(Image:Energia)EuropeanSpaceAgencyofficialsareunlikelytoapprovefundingforthedevelopmentofaRussianspaceplane

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NASA probes possible shuttle leak

ByKellyYoung(Image:NASA)NASAisinvestigatingwhetherspaceshuttleDiscoveryexperiencedaleakofhighlyflammableoxygenduringitsmostrecentlaunch

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Europe charts a course for future space exploration

ByMaggieMcKeeOfficialsaresettingthecourseforEurope’sfutureinspaceatahigh-levelmeetinginBerlin

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Turn off the star to see the planet

ByHazelMuirALMOSTeveryextrasolarplanetdiscoveredsofarhasbeendetectedindirectlybymeasuringthewobbleitinducesinitshoststar.Spottingaplanetdirectlyisahugechallengebecausethestarisatleast10milliontimesbri

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Astrophysicists weigh up risks of cosmic wipeout

ByKellyYoungEarthlingscanresteasy.ThelikelihoodofadoomsdayscenarioinwhichEarthisdestroyedinafreakastrophysicalcatastropheisremote–aboutonceinabillionyears

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Countdown: NASA's mission to Pluto and beyond

ByDavidL.ChandlerWRITEdowneverythingyouknowaboutPluto

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Christmas comes early for European Space Agency

ByMaggieMcKeeTheEuropeanSpaceAgencyhasreceived97%ofthefundingitrequestedfromitsmemberstatesforthenextfiveyears

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Hopes fade for troubled Japanese asteroid probe

ByMaggieMcKee(Image:artist'simpression/JAXA)HopethatJapan’sHayabusaspacecraftwillreturntoEarthisfadingasmissioncontrollersremainunabletoregaincompletecontrolofitsorientation.Thespacecraftwasdesign

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Extreme bugs back idea of life on Mars

ByKellyYoungandDavidLChandlerMethane-producingmicrobeshavebeendiscoveredintwoextremeenvironmentsonEarth–buriedunderkilometresoficeinGreenlandandlivinginhot

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Mountain clue to Earth's biggest extinction

ACLUEtothecatastrophicchainofeventsthatledtoEarth’slargest-everextinctionhascomefromasampleofrockfromtheDolomitemountainsinItaly.ThePermianextinctionsome250millionyearsagowipedoutmorethan90percentofma

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Virgin Galactic announces its first 100 space tourists

ByPaulMarksThefirst100spacetouristsscheduledtotakesuborbitalflightsfromthespaceportbeingbuiltbyVirginGalacticwereannouncedonTuesday.Althoughitsputativetouristspacecraftmaynotbeoffthedrawingboardyet

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Whirlpools of starlight could reveal new planets

ByHazelMuirSpinningstarlightintolittlewhirlpoolscouldbethekeytoseeingweirdandwonderfulnewplanetscirclingdistantstars.Imagingextrasolarplanetsdirectlyisahugechallengebecausetheyhideintheglareoftheirpar

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Space-X sets new launch date for Falcon-1 rocket

ByKellyYoung(Image:Space-X)SpaceExplorationTechnologies(Space-X)hasrescheduledthelaunchofitsinnovativeFalcon1rocketfor20December.ButthenewlaunchdatewilldependonUSArmymissiletesting

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Hubble reveals weighty secrets of white dwarf

ByMaggieMcKee(Image:NASA/HEBond/ENelan/MBarstow/MBurleigh/JBHolberg/STScI/ULeicester/UAriz)TheHubbleSpaceTelescopehasstudiedthenearestandbrightestwhitedwarfinunprecedenteddetail

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Galaxies become monsters by repeated mergers

ByMaggieMcKee(Image:PvanDokkum/Yale/NOAO/AURA/NSF)HalfofthelargestgalaxiesneartheMilkyWayhaveundergonerelativelyrecentmergers

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Return of asteroid probe delayed by years

ByMaggieMcKeeandAFP(Image:JAXA)Japan’sHayabusaspacecrafthaslostcontactwithgroundcontrollersandwillprobablymissitsdeparturewindowtoEarththismonth.Butmissionofficialshopetheprobewillmakethenextavail

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India to help Russia boost satellite navigation system

ByKellyYoungIndiahassigneduptohelpRussiaupgradeitsGlobalNavigationSatelliteSystem(GLONASS).GLONASSisarivaltotheUSGlobalPositioningSystem(GPS)andEurope’splannedGalileosystem.LikeGPS

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Space 'spiders' could build solar satellites

ByKellyYoungAmissiontodeterminewhetherspider-likerobotscouldconstructcomplexstructuresinspaceissettolaunchinJanuary2006.Thespiderbotscouldbuildlargestructuresbycrawlingovera“web”releasedfromalargerspa

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Strange new object found at edge of Solar System

ByMaggieMcKee(Image:CFEPS)(Image:CFEPS)AlargeobjecthasbeenfoundbeyondPlutotravellinginanorbittiltedby47degreestomostotherbodiesinthesolarsystem.Astronomersareatalosstoexplainwhytheobject’sorbit

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Ageing Mars rover experiences joint problems

ByKellyYoung(Image:NASA/JPL)NASA’sMarsroverOpportunityisshowingsignsofage–recentlyexperiencingproblemswithitsshoulderjoint.Engineersbelievetheproblemmaystemfromaheaterthatdevelopedafaultshortlyafte

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Robots aim to explore and build on other worlds

ByMaggieMcKeeNASAisofferingtwonew$250

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Inside the UK's Robot World Cup team

BySandrineCeurstemontVideo:

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Avatar therapy: From couch to cyberspace

BySamanthaMurphyPsychotherapyinavirtualworldhasitsadvantages–particularlyiftherealworldiswhatyoucan’tcopewithBYMYfourthinterview

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Future on display: Technology you'll want to stroke

ByCatherinedeLangeWhateveryoumightexpectfromthelatestcomputertechnology

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Nokia touchscreen creates texture illusion

ByPaulMarksVideo:TactilephoneNokiahasdevelopedaprototypeofitsN900smartphonethatletsyoufeelthetextureoficonsonthescreen–atechnologythatwouldaddawholenewdimensiontotouchscreenapps.Thisweek

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Flexible tubes could bring wall-sized TV price crash

ByJeffHechtGoodnewsforcouchpotatoes.Thepriceofwall-sizedscreenscouldtumble

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The next best thing to oil

ByHelenKnightArenewablecarboneconomy?Surelythat’sapipedream?Perhapsnot

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Drone-controlled movie cameras catch stunts from every angle

EuanCherry/WENN.comByChrisBaraniukLights

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Technology vs observation: the big question facing art’s future

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Robot that's the width of a hair masters Pac-Man and cuts cheese

EMMANUELDUNAND/AFP/GettyByNiallFirthYou’dneedyourglassesontoplaythisversionofPac-Man.Tinymetalrobotscanplottheirownroutearoundamazemodelledontheiconicvideogame.Similardevicescouldonedaybeusedtotravela

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50 ideas to change science: Artificial life

Readmore:50ideastochangescienceforeverCells

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Out-of-this-world proposal for solar wind power

ByCharlesChoiForgetwindpowerorconventionalsolarpower

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Why the Stuxnet worm is like nothing seen before

ByPaulMarksUpdate:On1October

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Acoustic trick gives 'dumbphones' touchscreen feel

ByPaulMarksEMBARRASSEDbyyour“ancient”push-buttoncellphone?Touchscreenenvyeatingyouupinside?Fearnot.Newsoftwarecouldofferusersofcheaperpush-buttonphonesaccesstosomeofthefeaturesusuallyfoundonlyonm

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Innovation: Hand-held controls move out of sight

ByGarethMorganPortablecomputers

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X-ray security scans go interactive

ByDuncanGraham-RoweAIRPORTsecuritystaffcanspendtheirentiredaystaringattwo-dimensional

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Wolverine foam builds human bones from titanium

ByJamieCondliffeEATyourheartout

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Atom images raise quantum computer hopes

ByKateMcAlpineFASTquantumcomputersmadeofatomstrappedbybeamsoflightcouldbeastepcloser

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Uncannily real: volumetric video changes everything

DimensionStudios/SKYBySimonIngsOUTSIDEDimensionStudiosinWimbledon

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Escher-like internet map could speed online traffic

ByJacobAron(Image:MariánBoguñá)AnovelmapoftheinternetcreatedbyMariánBoguñáandcolleaguesattheUniversityofBarcelona

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Infrared chlorophyll could boost solar cells

ByKateMcAlpineNaturestillhasplentytoteachusaboutharnessingthesun’senergy.ThelatestlessoncomesfromtheancientstromatoliteslivinginAustralia’sSharkBay.Theircyanobacteriacontainanewlydiscoveredformofchlor

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Destruction of war-torn Syria brought to London by AI

BULENTKILIC/AFP/GettyByTimothyRevellCanyouimaginewhatitislikelivinginRaqqa

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Real invisibility threads would be fit for an emperor

ByJeffHechtFORGETtheimaginaryfilamentsusedtoweavetheclothesthatfooledthefabledemperor

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Steampunk chip takes the heat

ByPaulMarksSteampunk

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Living fuel cells squeeze juice from jellyfish

ByHelenKnightWHOwantsadeadbattery?Dollopsofgreengoomadeofthematerialoflife–fromjellyfishtofireflies–arenowbeingrecruitedtoproduceelectricity.ZackaryChiragwandiatChalmersUniversityofTechnologyinGothen

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Laser sets quail embryos' hearts racing

ByJeffHechtVideo:Laser-controlledheartWhatmakesyourpulsequicken?Forthemillimetre-sizeheartsquailembryos

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Future interiors: Closet zaps your dirty clothes

ByCatherinedeLangePuttingclothesawayintheclosetcanbeadrag

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