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Pluto may have tipped over when Charon tugged at its heart

The iconic heart-shaped feature on Pluto is so dense that it could have led to the entire dwarf planet swivelling over time

Same Blue Origin rocket reaches space and lands for third time

The private space firm owned by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is the first to launch and land the same rocket – beating rival SpaceX to the punch

Dust devils on Mars may be boosted by their own shadows

Scientists have struggled to explain how dust devils get so strong in the thin Martian air - now it seems they could be sustaining themselves

Feedback: Poppers burn a hole in the UK’s blanket drugs ban

Plus quantum tape unravels, a knife for women, Neil deGrasse Tyson's painful tweets, airy promises from breathing guru, digital teeth, and more

Lasers could hide Earth from aliens – or tell them we’re here

Shining lasers into space could hide us from unfriendly cosmic neighbours – or help us draw their attention. If the aliens are doing this too, we may have already spotted them

More evidence for Planet Nine as odd celestial alignment emerges

Another celestial object has been found in a group with strangely similar orbits, implying they are shepherded by something - possibly a mysterious ninth planet

Bubbling ocean on Saturn’s moon could explain vanishing island

The oceans of ethane and methane found on Titan may be bubbling with nitrogen – which could explain a mysterious disappearing island spotted on its surface

Lost Japanese satellite Hitomi shows unexpected signs of life

The satellite seemed to be missing or out of control after debris was spotted around it shortly after it was due to call Earth - but it may still be alive  

Interstellar cloud could have wiped out the dinosaurs

The mass extinction 65 million years ago could have been kick-started when the solar system ploughed into a vast nebula

Asteroid barrage may have birthed a short-lived ocean on Mars

How Mars acquired and then lost its water is a mystery, but a period of large asteroid impacts 4 billion years ago could provide an explanation

Gecko Gripper blasts off to help design space-crawling robots

Tuesday's Cygnus launch to the International Space Station carried material inspired by gecko feet. It could help robots crawl over the ISS's exterior

Pluto: A whole new world in 5 strange photos

Floating mountains, ice volcanoes and a churning plain of nitrogen sludge – pin-sharp pictures beamed back from Pluto are changing how we think planets work

Moon’s lack of water down to ancient shift in its spin axis

Molten rock flowing beneath the moon's crust billions of years ago shifted the moon's spin axis, hinting that lunar water stores date back to the very early solar system

Listening for gravitational waves from the birth of the universe

So we’ve detected waves from merging black holes. That’s nothing on what we’d love to do next – listen in on the gravitational echoes of the big bang

The Oort cloud surrounds our solar system – why can’t we see it?

It’s a giant sphere of a trillion rocks encircling us that occasionally sends comets slinging our way. That’s a convincing story – but we’d love some direct evidence

Pluto gives up its icy secrets as New Horizons data pours in

Eight months after NASA's New Horizons spacecraft's historic fly-by of Pluto, new data reveals startling links between Pluto, Charon, their four smaller satellites, and the space environment that surrounds them

How we’ll catch a huge black hole on camera

We've never seen a black hole because they're so… black. Now there’s a plan to picture the monster at our galaxy’s heart – with a telescope the size of Earth

Mathematicians play whack-a-mole in the endless infinity hunt

Logic tells us infinity must exist, and you can’t even define a circle without it. But if we can’t reach it, how do we know it exists – and what is it anyway?

Billion-light-year galactic wall may be largest object in cosmos

Astronomers peering into the distant universe have discovered the BOSS Great Wall, a vast superstructure of 830 galaxies that is a billion light years across

Mercury once had a graphite crust floating on a sea of magma

The nearest planet to the sun is darker than we'd expect – and now we may know why

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