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Using one galaxy to look at another – Gravitational lenses map the space in...

Is it a weather balloon or an optical phenomenon or what? We are just not very good at determining what's in our atmosphere or in our oceans, but that doesn't stop astronomers from finding and using deep space magnifying glasses to snap a picture of a galaxy 12 billion light years away - with good results!

Curiosity and Opportunity left on their own – Mars hides behind the Sun in...

Learning when to talk and when to be quiet is sometimes essential - in June, NASA will cease contact with its 5 orbiters and rovers on Mars, due to the red planet moving behind the Sun for weeks. Any commands sent during this time may endanger the entire mission.

Supraglacial lakes on Greenland suddenly disappears – now scientists know why

How do you find out what causes 12 billion gallons of glacial water to disappear in 2 hours? By quadrupling the number of GPS stations, and by monitoring how cracks as deep as a glacier occurs could be one effective way.

Use gold to protect your gold – or should we say nano spirals to...

It takes something that is smaller than the wavelength of light to outsmart those gold-stealing bandits nowadays! Now scientists go for nano-spirals in gold, basically impossible to tamper with.

InSight measures vital signs of Mars – Launch planned for March next year

Taking the temperature and checking the reflexes of Mars is the next, real sub-surface adventure planned by NASA. What they are calling the lander? InSight, revealing three layers of info in the name already ;)

Lighting the way for nerves in brain gets memory back, study shows

Latest study results in a completely new approach to memory retrieval.

New commercial space era begins with NASA and Boeing in 2017

Going to space to work on ISS means buying a space taxi for billions of dollars - and Boeing was the first company to be awarded the lucrative contract for commercial human spaceflights.

Constant surprises with those black holes – Meyer finds colliding jet beams

Eileen Meyer found something odd when comparing decade-old images of the events around a supermassive black hole with new ones - a superluminal jet beam colliding into another one, from behind!

The Very Large Telescope’s done it again – Here’s what it found inside a...

Taking photos of what takes place in space some millions of lightyears away is what some people do at work every day. Watch what the birth of a nebula looks like, captured by four cooperating telescopes in Chile.

New super-algorithm helps robot adapt to injuries and carry on with its mission

A missing feature for robots have for a long time been their disability to keep moving if their original design for some reason is damaged. Now scientists have found a way to teach robots to adjust and keep moving when disabled in a leg or joint.

100-year-old turtle hopes to bring new, giant soft-shell turtle babies into the world

This is the last chance to save a species of soft-shell turtles that would otherwise go extinct forever. Only one female and three males are still alive, and now hopes are high that an artificial insemination has been successful. (The image shows another kind of soft-shell turtle).

Revealing the Europa mysteries requires a careful choice of instruments – and $30 million

What would you put in your backpack if you were to travel to the Jupiter moon Europa, to determine wether it's full of water and ice - and life! - or not?

Did too much Curiosity cause the methane findings on Mars?

Is Mars burping methane, or is it Curiosity the rover that's to blame for the findings a while ago? Another credible source is the latest theory, but still scientists can't wait to see if the phenomenon repeats itself as one Mars year has soon passed.

World’s smallest diode consists of a single molecule

When the results of your otherwise invisible efforts at work, turn out to be an amazing discovery that can be applied to nanotechnology all over the world, working with tiny molecules is not that bad after all.

Sand slopes on Mars forces NASA’s rover Curiosity to back out – crew looks...

Going 22 metres is a big thing when you are a little rover trying to get somewhere on a planet like Mars. Sliding on sandy slopes, getting trapped in sand storms, or having to back off from a planned route is what a day at work can be about for Curiosity.

With twice the power from Higgs, CERN goes for proton collisions and revealing dark...

The worlds largest and most expensive microscope is put to work at twice the last used energy level - with almost the speed of light, scientists want to discover dark matter and new dimensions.

It takes a black hole to create the most luminous galaxy in the Universe

The brightest shining galaxy in the Universe is only able to shine so bright because of the ginormous black hole in its center.

Sudden supernova-burst in space helps scientists measure expansion of the Universe

One can't help but wonder; how often is order created out of an explosion? Astronomers discovering supernova radiation can now agree about different origin scenarios.

Game changing discovery – New type of magnets could revolutionize technology as we...

You thought scientists nowadays didn't get their hands dirty? Well, with this new discovery, that will revolutionize the use of magnets in technology in all kinds of areas, might create a new wave of hands-on science out there.

You’d better hurry if you want to beat China to the dark side of...

After the Jade Rabbit Yutu rover, China now looks to perform a landing on the backside of the moon in 2020. They even look to make it harder than it has to be, challenging themselves to push the limits and possibly find solutions they hadn't thought of otherwise.

Watch photo evidence of what will likely happen to our own sun in billions...

Using their Very Large Telescope, the European Southern Observatory, ESO, were able to take the most detailed image ever of the Medusa nebula - showing us the future of our own sun as the time comes for it to start turning into a white dwarf.

Someone made these over 3 million year old tools – but who were they?

Stone age tools dating back 3.3 million years have been found in Kenya, opening the doors for a new view on human history and the possibility of more advanced species than previously believed could predate the oldest known Homo species.

What if solar power could be 49% more efficient? Supercharging nanobionics can do that!

Creating little superman-leaves turned out to be a huge clue to increase solar power efficiency - but it took a good dose of nanobionics to accomplish it!

Are you one of the 11,000 people who put LightSail into space?

Launching a bread loaf sized satellite to be propelled forward in space by a 36 square meters large solar sail, that's what the Planetary Society hopes to be successful with.

Why would you want a liquid metal antenna in your devices?

You DO want to have liquid metal in your phone antenna... At least after you've read about the new generation of benefits coming with it!

NASA’ s Curiosity is expecting little ones – a bunch of hang gliding drones...

Getting to sites such as glaciers or volcanic areas on Mars will soon be a walk in the park. Or rather a glide from the sky, as the microprobes come in to save the day!

History shows we’ve become weaker – but will farmers agree that they’re living a...

We don't need to lift trees with our bare arms any longer - too bad! History shows it's our loss, as bone density has dropped significantly over 7,000 years.

When big climate changes occur, it might be because of tiny microbes riding on...

Getting a piece of the ocean into a wave machine did the trick - now scientists can say with more certainty how bursting bubbles on water affect our climate.