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Supernova blast shows stars die in lopsided explosions

A closer look at a supernova confirms simulations that an asymmetric explosion is required to trigger stellar death

Rosetta's wrong water could be right after all

Comet 67P's water isn't like Earth's – it's interstellar stuff, from the same mould as the pristine material that made the solar system

Mercury's magnetic heart was beating soon after its birth

The planet's molten core became magnetic nearly 4 billion years ago – potentially making Mercury's magnetic field the most enduring in our solar system

Galactic smash-ups turn on the lights around black holes

Trails of stellar debris suggest that ancient galactic crashes funnelled gas toward a central black hole, sparking active galaxies' inner glow

The human universe: Could we become gods?

What would it take for us to become the gods of a universe that we create, inhabited by creatures as smart and curious as us?

Flying in a spaceplane is like a magic carpet ride

Virgin Galactic's chief pilot David Mackay on how he's gearing up to take tourists to the edge of space – and why recent tragedies won't stop him

The human universe: Could we engineer the galaxy?

We may be masters of architecture here on Earth, but with a couple of leaps in technology, we could tinker with the shape of the cosmos – and even its fate

The human universe: Could we colonise the stars?

If we really are alone in the universe, should we take Earth's life to other planets? Especially as we might already have the means

The human universe: Can we understand everything?

In a very short time we've come a long way in our understanding of how the world works. But what's going to happen when we fully understand the cosmos?

Curiosity Mars rover takes a rock along for the ride

The rover snapped a picture of something stuck on its wheel, but NASA says it's no cause for alarm

The human universe: Does consciousness create reality?

While not a complete figment of our imagination, the universe may only become real because we're looking at it

NASA's Messenger probe crashes into Mercury

After exhausting its fuel spending four years orbiting the nearest planet to the sun, Messenger has crashed, creating a 16-metre crater

NASA's Messenger spacecraft to crash into Mercury this week

After four years orbiting the nearest planet to the sun, Messenger has spent all of its fuel and is prepared to create a new crater

NASA's Messenger probe crashes into Mercury making giant crater

After exhausting its fuel spending four years orbiting the nearest planet to the sun, Messenger has crashed, creating a 16-kilometre crater

The human universe: Was the cosmos made for us?

For millennia, we humans have thought of ourselves as a pretty big deal. Then along came science and taught us how insignificant we are. Or so we thought

Land ho: NASA spacecraft may have seen polar ice cap on Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is 98 per cent of the way to Pluto, and it's getting better pictures than Hubble

ExoMars rover's Martian-hunting camera takes test run in Iceland

A prototype PanCam for the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover has been scanning volcanic north-east Iceland for minerals that might hold clues to life

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos just launched a secret rocket to space

Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, launched a test flight that powered to Mach 3 speeds and reached a height of 93.6 kilometres above Earth

Milky Way's quiet life leaves it with no dark matter skeleton

Our galaxy has only ever merged with small galaxies, not large ones. This low-key history has left it bereft of dark matter from outside

A Russian spacecraft is spinning out of control - but don't panic

Contact has been lost with an uncrewed supply capsule headed for the ISS, but the situation is more like a missed parcel delivery than a Hollywood apocalypse movie

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