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Philae lander fails to respond to last-ditch efforts to wake it

A signal sent to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last night received no response, suggesting the famous space lander has reached the end of its life

Famous Wow! signal might have been from comets, not aliens

A powerful radio signal from space has puzzled astronomers for decades and led to talk of alien signals, but now there might be a more mundane explanation

The Visit: What aliens would really mean for us as humans

We're prepared for visiting aliens, but not for the feelings they could prompt, says Michael Madsen, the film-maker behind The Visit: An Alien Encounter

NASA wins funds for roomy module suited to deep space missions

The US Congress has included $55 million in NASA's latest budget for it to develop a living space for future missions as far afield as Mars

Migrating giant planets might eat their own life-friendly moons

We're actively searching for exomoons – which orbit planets around other stars – without luck. Maybe that's because they didn't survive

Star clusters could host long-lived technological civilisations

We've been too quick to dismiss globular clusters of old stars as hosts of life. Old, interstellar extraterrestrials could exist there

Supermassive black holes might be hiding entire universes inside

A quirk of our leading theory of cosmic history could mean that black holes were once portals to a multitude of universes beyond our own

North Korean blast could be a step towards a nuclear missile

The state says it has tested a mini hydrogen bomb, although experts believe it was probably a tweaked, normal nuke. But that may mean a nuke that North Korea can deliver on a missile

Giant galaxy caught tearing apart its little neighbour

Two decades ago, astronomers caught the Milky Way shredding a dwarf galaxy. Now they've seen the same thing happening 11 million light-years away

As lights block out the night sky, help measure the damage

On the second of the 12 days of CultureLab, Debora MacKenzie tells of how light pollution in the sky is making it harder to see the wonders of the Milky Way. Why not help record the damage?

God vs the multiverse: The 2500-year war

An infinite universe and many worlds leave no room for a creator – and that's been true for millennia. Time to rethink what's sacred

New kind of moon rock found by Chinese Yutu rover

The Chinese Chang'e 3 mission to the moon is delivering the first new scientific results from the lunar surface since US and Russian missions ended in the 1970s

SpaceX rocket is first to put satellites in orbit and land again

Elon Musk's space company completes its first launch of Falcon 9 rocket since June failure, and gets a step closer to reusable rockets

High-res movie lets you float by a comet with Rosetta spacecraft

The Rosetta spacecraft orbiting comet 67P has released its first haul of high-res images, and fans wasted no time turning them into an incredible rotating gif

Star Wars universe passes real-world test for alien head count

The Drake equation, which gauges the chance of finding alien life, has been applied to a galaxy far, far away. New Scientist asked astronomers to weigh in

Public vote renames exoplanets for gods, monsters and scientists

The International Astronomical Union has announced the results of a contest to name far-off planets, and Copernicus, Veritate and Sancho are among the winners

Little galaxy’s own stars cast 95 per cent of its oxygen away

Tiny Leo P has lost most of its oxygen. New observations suggest the culprits are the same stars that created the element

Prodigal gas cloud was born in Milky Way and is crashing back in

Smith's Cloud seemed to be an intergalactic gas cloud or even a starless galaxy. But now Hubble hints it's actually material from the Milky Way returning home home

First official UK astronaut Tim Peake takes fast route to ISS

The first British astronaut to fly under the European Space Agency banner blasted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on board a Russian Soyuz capsule

Black holes have a size limit of 50 billion suns

Physicists have firmed up a theoretical limit on the mass of a black hole by figuring out when it will disrupt the disc that feeds it

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