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Power stations in space: how this science fiction concept is being ‘taken seriously’
Earth and space
In Depth

Power stations in space: how this science fiction concept is being ‘taken seriously’

Could space-based solar power be the answer to the world’s energy problems?
22 Apr 2022
Terrorist threats, space debris and natural history
Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service celebrate the defeat of Islamic State in Mosul
Podcasts

Terrorist threats, space debris and natural history

Why has Islamic State launched a new ‘global offensive’? Is the US right to ban anti-satellite missile tests? And does the UK need a natural history G…
22 Apr 2022
Millipede species named after Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Tall Tales

Millipede species named after Taylor Swift

And other stories from the stranger side of life
20 Apr 2022
Does time exist?
Conceptual illustration of time dilation in Einstein’s relativity
Expert’s view

Does time exist?

A timeless reality may help reconcile differences between quantum mechanics and general relativity
19 Apr 2022
How Nasa plans to destroy the ISS
International Space Station (ISS) orbits above Earth
Expert’s view

How Nasa plans to destroy the ISS

The US space agency faces a series of challenges to decommission the ISS without endangering lives on Earth
21 Feb 2022
Is Don’t Look Up realistic?
Illustration of an asteroid or comet striking surface of Earth
Expert’s view

Is Don’t Look Up realistic?

How experts are dealing with the real-life threat posed by asteroids heading to Earth
24 Jan 2022
Survey asks how many Brits would accept a black or gay Santa
Tall Tales

Survey asks how many Brits would accept a black or gay Santa

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Dec 2021

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Explosions in space: a Russian show of strength
Astronaut aboard the International Space Station
Global lens

Explosions in space: a Russian show of strength

Moscow is letting its opponents know ‘just how far it is willing to go to achieve its strategic objectives’
26 Nov 2021
The space mission launched to protect Earth
Asteroid flies through night sky
The latest on . . .

The space mission launched to protect Earth

Nasa scientists announce successful lift-off in first stage of bid to prevent catastrophic asteroid collision
26 Nov 2021
Grandmothers more connected to grandchildren than to own offspring
Tall Tales

Grandmothers more connected to grandchildren than to own offspring

And other stories from the stranger side of life
17 Nov 2021
Meteor lands on woman’s pillow
Earth as viewed from space
Tall Tales

Meteor lands on woman’s pillow

And other stories from the stranger side of life
11 Oct 2021
William Shatner to blast into ‘final frontier’
William Shatner
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William Shatner to blast into ‘final frontier’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
5 Oct 2021
Alien soil, cookies and long dogs
Mars
Podcast

Alien soil, cookies and long dogs

Why does Nasa want to bring Martian soil samples back to Earth? Will cookie warnings soon be a thing of the past? And are dachshunds getting too cute …
10 Sep 2021
What are Hycean planets?
Artist’s impression of Hycean planet ocean
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What are Hycean planets?

Planets ‘hiding in plain sight’ could provide habitable conditions for life
26 Aug 2021
Plague of oysters disrupts Tokyo Olympics
Tokyo
Tall Tales

Plague of oysters disrupts Tokyo Olympics

And other stories from the stranger side of life
19 Jul 2021
Man learns to talk to frogs
Three frogs
Tall Tales

Man learns to talk to frogs

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Jun 2021
Everything you need to know about China’s space race
Tianhe rocket
In Depth

Everything you need to know about China’s space race

It has landed craft on Mars and on the dark side of the Moon, and it is building a space station. What are China’s ambitions in space?
11 Jun 2021
Could microbes communicate with alien species?
Sky at night
Expert’s view

Could microbes communicate with alien species?

Experts argue that we should be searching for microbial life rather than human-like aliens
17 May 2021
Eating rotten meat ‘can get you high’
Knife and fork
Tall Tales

Eating rotten meat ‘can get you high’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
14 May 2021
Bees trained to detect Covid-19
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Tall Tales

Bees trained to detect Covid-19

And other stories from the stranger side of life
11 May 2021
The threat from the Sun
Telescopic photo of a coronal mass ejection
Getting to grips with . . .

The threat from the Sun

Scientists have real concerns that extreme weather on the Sun’s surface could unleash a catastrophe on humanity
7 May 2021
Greens, investments and space privateers
Investment chart
Podcast

Greens, investments and space privateers

Are the world’s environmentalists about to take power? Is financial advice getting cheaper? And why are private citizens leading the space race?
23 Apr 2021
The fifth force of nature
Inside the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator in Meyrin, Switzerland
Getting to grips with . . .

The fifth force of nature

Unexpected behaviour of subatomic particle could change our understanding of the universe
9 Apr 2021
Terry Boot replaces Peter Foot at Shoe Zone
A man looks at Adidas shoes
Tall Tales

Terry Boot replaces Peter Foot at Shoe Zone

And other stories from the stranger side of life
9 Mar 2021
Martial monks, high living and Turks in space
A skyscraper in London
Podcast

Martial monks, high living and Turks in space

What links monks and Myanmar’s military? Are we past peak skyscraper? And why is Turkey joining the space race?
12 Feb 2021
Buddhists to open temple in outer space
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Tall Tales

Buddhists to open temple in outer space

And other stories from the stranger side of life
5 Feb 2021
Virgin Orbit launches satellites into space in ‘historic’ test flight
Virgin Orbit Twitter
Why we’re talking about . . .

Virgin Orbit launches satellites into space in ‘historic’ test flight

Richard Branson’s company successfully sends rocket into orbit using a modified Boeing 747
18 Jan 2021
Man sells meteorite that hit his home for $1 million
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In Brief

Man sells meteorite that hit his home for $1 million

And other stories from the stranger side of life
19 Nov 2020
Author names, Thai protests and galaxies far, far away
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In Depth

Author names, Thai protests and galaxies far, far away

Should George Elliot now be called Mary Ann Evans? Is the Thai monarchy in trouble? What can our twin galaxy tell us?
21 Aug 2020
UK Space Agency set to fight malaria from space
Earth from Space
In Brief

UK Space Agency set to fight malaria from space

Government announces launch of ten new space-based projects tackling wide range of global issues
19 Aug 2020
Instant Opinion: I called Trump 2016 - now I’m calling 2020
Donald Trump
In Depth

Instant Opinion: I called Trump 2016 - now I’m calling 2020

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 5 August
5 Aug 2020
Why has Nasa launched a mission to Mars?
The Perseverance rover starts its journey to Mars
In Depth

Why has Nasa launched a mission to Mars?

The Perseverance rover is looking for evidence of life on the red planet
31 Jul 2020
Could flying robots with bubble guns save us all?
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In Brief

Could flying robots with bubble guns save us all?

And other stories from the stranger side of life
19 Jun 2020
Russia accuses US of Moon ‘invasion’
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In Depth

Russia accuses US of Moon ‘invasion’

Moscow strikes back after being excluded from Washington’s lunar mining pact plan
11 May 2020
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