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Why brewing beer in space is more important than you think

Budweiser is sending barley seeds into orbit next week. That's just the beginning of the challenge of trying to brew beer beyond Earth

Spaceplanes may be the best hope in war on deadly orbiting junk

Promising technologies to get rid of dangerous space debris are gathering speed. The sooner we put them to the test the better, says Paul Marks

Science Fiction: slavery stereotypes, and a new M. John Harrison

From challenging stereotypes about slavery to the necessity of finding any kind of exit from a mundane life, escape dominates new sci-fi

Moon’s explosive birth drove iron deep into Earth’s core

Our moon was made by the Big Splash, an impact that we thought left iron deposits near Earth’s crust. It turns out that the metal sank into our planet’s core

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has a hidden ‘conveyer belt’ of heat

Frigid Europa may be warmed by a layer under its crust that moves heat and ice to and from its poles – and alien microbes could be hitching a ride

No, aliens aren’t lurking on the International Space Station

History tells us that earthly contamination is by far the most likely explanation for “extraterrestrial” bacteria found on the ISS hull, says Geraint Lewis

Cuts likely for one of NASA’s next big space-based telescopes

NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope is crippled by rising costs. To get it off the ground, the agency may have to alter its scientific mission

Private mission may get us back to Enceladus sooner than NASA

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner is considering privately funding a mission to Enceladus, one of the prime places to search for life in our solar system

Signs of running water on Mars dunes are probably just dry sand

The strange striped patterns that appear and fade away on Martian slopes were once thought to be evidence of flowing water – they’re actually made by dry sand

Ocean-covered planets may not be the places to search for life

Looking for life in the universe has often come down to a search for water on other planets. But water worlds may not make enough of the nutrients life needs

Lightning leaves clouds of radiation and antimatter in its wake

A lightning storm can trigger an atmospheric nuclear reaction that leads to the production of antimatter and radiation, which may pose health risks

Black holes that shred stars burp out cosmic rays and neutrinos

The highest energy cosmic rays and neutrinos that rain down on Earth may come from white dwarf stars being devoured by black holes

We may know why Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is red instead of white

The gases in Jupiter's atmosphere should form white clouds, so why do they look red? Two teams have found different recipes for the red in the Great Red Spot

We found our galactic twin 180 million light years away

Astronomers have spotted a trio of galaxies that look remarkably like the giant spiral of the Milky Way and its two brightest companions, the Magellanic Clouds

The ‘space nation’ Asgardia just launched its first satellite

Asgardia is a 'virtual nation' that says it aims to build sovereign colonies in space. On 12 November it launched a satellite carrying its citizens’ data

Neptune’s other moons were normal until Triton crashed the party

Neptune’s moons are unlike anything in the solar system, thanks to Triton barrelling in and laying waste to the moons that were there before it

Giant star smash-up may have made the biggest neutron star ever

The collision that produced recent gravitational waves may have left behind the biggest neutron star ever seen. But it might have collapsed into a black hole

A bizarre supernova keeps exploding over and over again

The weirdest supernova ever seen is a zombie star that keeps collapsing and coming back to life. It’s so strange, it may be a whole new kind of celestial object

Old Scientist: Why aren’t there more British Nobels?

Why did a maverick British astronomer never get the gong? New Scientists of Novembers past reveal it’s a perennial worry

Why Hawking’s PhD thesis is now an internet-breaking inspiration

Millions rushed to freely access Stephen Hawking's early musings when they went online. More of the same would help ignite young minds everywhere, says Geraint Lewis

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