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<i>Reg</i> reader turns Geek's Guides to Britain into Geek's Map of Britain

Fri, 2017-07-21 10:27
Too lazy to plug GPS co-ords into satnav? Fear not, gypsythief has saved you

A forward-thinking Reg reader has put the entirety of our Geeks’ Guide series onto a Google Map, for your navigational and geographically organised reading pleasure.…

China's 'future-proof' crypto: We talk to firm behind crazy quantum key distribution network

Wed, 2017-07-19 11:30
Should we believe the hype? And why drop so much $$?

Two hundred local government employees across the capital of China's eastern Shandong province will soon be encrypting messages with keys that are "impossible" to crack.…

NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt

Tue, 2017-07-18 05:57
Sure, Goddard boffins could just analyse the signals, but why not listen to them too?

NASA boffins in charge of the agency's Van Allen Belt mission have recorded audio-frequency noise made by energetic electrons emitting what's known as “whistler waves”.…

Russia launches non-TERRIFYING satellite that focuses Sun's solar rays onto Earth

Tue, 2017-07-18 00:03
Mayak bird so bright it may outshine Venus, Jupiter

Skywatchers are going to see a new light in the heavens this week after the successful launch of the Russian satellite Mayak this past weekend.…

Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

Mon, 2017-07-17 06:23
Infected sterile males will help kill off the population

Google’s healthcare arm Verily announced just before the weekend it will release twenty million sterile male mosquitoes into the wild, in Fresno County, California.…

DARPA's robot sat-fixing program survives sueball strike

Mon, 2017-07-17 02:39
Aerospace firm says there's no market for this stuff, wants to build it anyway

Aerospace company Orbital ATK has failed in a legal bid to halt a DARPA contract for robotic satellite maintenance devices and will instead see if the White House can help it to bring the work to the private sector.…

Physicists send supersonic shock waves rippling through a lab

Sat, 2017-07-15 08:02
High-Mach number, magnetized collisionless shocks reproduced

Scientists have managed to create powerful supersonic shock waves – comparable to those generated in space – under laboratory conditions.…

Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

Fri, 2017-07-14 22:16
Amazingly it's not Keith Richards

Humans are newcomers on Earth and it's almost certain that we won't be around, on this planet at least, when the solar system's star finally goes nova. But boffins have identified one animal that will be.…

Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

Fri, 2017-07-14 14:12
Paves way for thousands of sci-fi novel prologues to come true

Luxembourg's parliament has passed a law that makes it the first European Union country to offer legal certainty that asteroid mining companies get to keep what they find in space.…

ESA trying to 'bake, rattle and roll' gravity wave space probe

Fri, 2017-07-14 06:32
LISA Pathfinder's watch is over, but busting it can teach us to handle future, nastier, missions

The European Space Agency is giving the LISA Pathfinder probe what it calls the “Bake, rattle and roll” treatment in the hope it teaches us how to make its successors even better.…

Juno beams back first closeups of Jupiter's unsightly red acne

Thu, 2017-07-13 06:01
Shrinking spot looks like the Eye of Sauron

NASA has released the first closeup images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the massive storm system that has been swirling on its surface for over 180 years.…

NASA flies plane through Earthly shadow of Kuiper Belt object

Wed, 2017-07-12 08:28
2014 MU69 is New Horizons' next stop and this is a way to get an early look

NASA has flown a plane through shadow of Kuiper Belt object 6.6bn kilometres from Earth.…

Astroboffins spot tiniest star yet – we guess you could call it... small fry

Wed, 2017-07-12 00:01
Mass and radius of little blighter is less than a tenth that of our Sun's

The tiniest star, similar in size to Saturn, has been discovered as part of an eclipsing binary system by a group of astronomers.…

Japan joins quantum space race with microsatellite demo

Tue, 2017-07-11 06:02
SOCRATES shows off space-to-ground entanglement

Japan has become the latest country to demonstrate quantum communication with a satellite, in this case a micro-satellite named SOCRATES.…

Just in time for summer boozing: Boffins smash world record for the most perfect ice cubes

Mon, 2017-07-10 22:11
It's Pimms O' Clock somewhere in the world right now

An international team of chemists has set the new record for crafting near-perfect cubic ice crystals. Sadly, the ice cubes are so small, they are invisible to the naked eye.…

LHC finds a new and very charming particle: the Xi<sub>cc</sub><sup>++</sup> baryon

Mon, 2017-07-10 05:13
Four times as massive as a proton, a way to check out the strong nuclear force

What happens if you get two charm quarks together in one baryon? Something four times as heavy as a proton that can help the world understand the strong nuclear force, according to boffins at the Large Hadron Collider.…

Semiconductor-laced bunny eyedrops appear to nuke infections

Fri, 2017-07-07 11:02
Quantum dots show promise for fighting bacterial keratitis

In early lab experiments on rabbits, eyedrops laced with nanoparticles appear to combat bacterial keratitis, a serious infection of the cornea which can, in severe cases, cause blindness.…

Astronomers fire up AI algorithms to hunt Milky Way's hot Jupiters

Fri, 2017-07-07 07:02
Sixty rare possible candidates eyed from NASA's Kepler probe

Astronomers have uncovered a potential treasure trove of hot Jupiters, a rare class of exoplanet, in our galaxy.…

While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

Thu, 2017-07-06 22:53
Tweet a GIF about that, Donald

Chinese boffins say they have smashed yet another world fusion record using their EAST contraption – aka the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak.…

'Vicious' neutron star caught collecting dustbunnies

Thu, 2017-07-06 11:54
Geminga! Yet another of astronomy's classic pranks...

A new study suggests a dangerous, young neutron star could be attracting planet-forming matter around it as it swims through space.…