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The Curiosity Rover Sure Looks Lonely When Seen From Space

Image Cache: A remarkable new image captured by a satellite in orbit around Mars shows the Curiosity rover as it explores the barren landscape.


It Looks Like Pluto Has A Liquid Water Ocean

For a frigid little space rock at the arse-end of the solar system, Pluto is full surprises. Ice volcanoes, hazy skies, vast plains of churning nitrogen, what’s next? Maybe a subsurface ocean.


The Atmosphere Of Venus Is More Terrifying Than We Imagined

Add this to the list of reasons Venus is a blistering hellscape: Not only is the surface hot enough to melt lead, not only will the sulphuric acid rainstorms burn gaping holes in your partially-melted spaceship, it also has a monstrous electric wind that appears to have helped strip all the water out of the atmosphere. Good luck gardening in your cloud city.


Mail Your Friends The Universe With An Envelope Full Of Constellations

If you still believe that a hand-written letter carries more emotional weight than an auto-generated response to a text message, these star-filled envelopes will even let you send an entire galaxy to your friends and loved ones — if they peer inside.


We Might Finally Solve The 'Alien Megastructure' Mystery

Good news alien hunters! A Kickstarter to fund a year-long investigation into KIC 8462852 — the star voted most likely to harbour an advanced alien civilisation — just got funded. Alien megastructure or not, we may finally get to the bottom of this bewildering, flickering star.


Scientists Have Detected Gravitational Waves Again

For the second time this year, physicists at the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational Waves Observatory (LIGO) are giddy with excitement. They have just confirmed the second detection of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime proposed by Albert Einstein a century ago. It seems we’ve officially entered the age of gravitational wave astronomy.


A Strange New Molecule In Space Could Solve A Major Mystery About Life

Using some of the world’s most sophisticated telescopes, a pair of astronomers has discovered a first-of-its-kind organic molecule in an enormous star-forming cloud thousands of light years away. And it could shed light on one of most poorly-understood properties of life on Earth.


Incredible Photo Shows An Exoplanet In Orbit Around Its Host Star

See that tiny speck just to left of the bluish orb? That’s a planet. It’s one of the best direct images of an exoplanet we’ve ever seen, and it’s made all the more remarkable given that it’s a whopping 1200 light-years away.


The World's Oldest Computer May Have Been Used To Predict The Future

Discovered in an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901, the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism has been called the world’s first computer. A decades-long investigation into the 2000 year-old-device is shedding new light onto this mysterious device, including the revelation that it may have been used for more than just astronomy.


Rosetta's Comet Is Even Weirder Than We Thought

If you thought a comet that contains the building blocks of life and creates its own weather couldn’t get any more interesting, think again. Scientists finally have a theory as to why comet 67P — also known as Rosetta’s comet — has two distinct lobes. It’s actually two distinct comets, which break up, orbit one another and smash together again and again for all of cometary eternity. And despite how strange this relationship sounds, it may be a lot more common than we thought.


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