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Solar sail mission launches with X-37B spaceplane

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2015
by Alex Muller

The light-propelled LightSail is a CubeSat about the size of a loaf of bread, built by the Planetary Society as a technology demonstrator for a non-rocket propulsion system.

The skin cancer rise is 'linked to the package holiday boom'

Posted in Medicine on 6th Apr, 2015
by Alex Muller

A boom in cheap package holidays in the 1960s is partly behind the "worrying rise" in skin cancers in pensioners, Cancer Research UK suggests.

An alien star system buzzed past the Sun 70,000 years ago

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2015
by Alex Muller

An alien star passed through our Solar System just 70,000 years ago, astronomers have announced. No other star is known to have approached this close to us.

MAVEN spacecraft provides look at Martian upper atmosphere

Posted in Science on 20th Oct, 2014
by Alex Muller

MAVENs main mission is to study the effect of the Sun on the Martian atmosphere and has hit the ground running.

Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2014
by Alex Muller

A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within shadowed craters on Mercury.