Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:11
Everything we knew was a lie

The Andromeda galaxy is actually roughly the same size as the Milky Way, and may not engulf our galaxy when it is expected to collide in about four billion years time, according to new research.…

Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

Thu, 2018-02-15 14:26
Just kidding – vague definitions, confounding factors mean you probably shouldn't panic... yet

A study has suggested a link between diets high in ultra-processed foods and an increased risk of cancer – but academics have warned against over-interpreting the results.…

Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

Thu, 2018-02-15 09:05
Inside Porthcurno's world-spanning telegraphy web

Geek's Guide to Britain  I'm sitting on a perfect sandy beach in dazzling winter sunshine which makes it feel two months warmer than it really is. The beach is nearly empty, although a couple of dogs are enjoying the surf. The nearest road peters out a few hundred yards up a steep valley – the only way here is to walk. Porthcurno beach, just a few miles from Land's End in Cornwall, feels pleasantly like it is a long way from anywhere.…

Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

Thu, 2018-02-15 03:01
Astroboffins calculate MuskMobile will only last millions of years, has decent chance of bonking Earth, Venus

Explaining why he used his Tesla roadster as the test mass on his Falcon Heavy launch, Elon Musk remarked that he liked the idea of it orbiting for a billion years.…

Mars is red, Earth is blue. Here's a space laser story for you

Wed, 2018-02-14 05:31
NASA to take Mars meteor from London and use it for target practise ahead of 2020 mission

NASA has decided to use fragments of Martian meteorites for target practice ahead of the Mars 2020 mission, then send one back to Mars.…

National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

Tue, 2018-02-13 09:36
Campaign to move a Bombe into historic Block H

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has organised a whip-round to move a historic code-breaking computer into a new location at Bletchley Park.…

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

Mon, 2018-02-12 23:34
Cheer up – by 2030, we'll have flying cars, too

President Trump's administration has handed down a budget for 2019 to NASA – and it effectively kills off key projects in exchange for a vague promise to go back to the Moon.…

What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, heads to asteroids

Wed, 2018-02-07 21:38
Where's a sat-nav when you need one?

Pic  The final rocket burn of the SpaceX craft carrying Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster into the cosmos pushed the billionaire's flash jalopy much further than anticipated. It's now heading out toward the Solar System's asteroid belt rather than swinging close by Mars as planned.…

LISA Pathfinder sniffed out gravitational signals down to <i>micro</i>-Hertz

Wed, 2018-02-07 05:02
Better-than-expected performance created 'the quietest pace in space'

In other space news today, the boffins in charge of the European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder mission have wrapped up the final results for the space-based gravitational wave dry run.…

Can't wait to get to Mars on a SpaceX ship? It's a cold, dead rock – boffins

Wed, 2018-02-07 00:05
El Reg says: Ignore the Big Red Planet lobby, get your ASCII to Europa

SpaceX today parked Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster in Earth's orbit, using a Falcon Heavy lifter, with a rocket strapped to the flash motor to take it on to Mars.…

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX thrusts Tesla into orbit (just don't mention the barge)

Tue, 2018-02-06 22:11
Falcon Heavy blasts off, 2 boosters return, 1... MIA

Video  After years of setbacks, SpaceX today successfully launched its Falcon Heavy three-in-one rocket and delivered its cherry-red payload into orbit – Elon Musk's very own Tesla Roadster.…

NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

Tue, 2018-02-06 07:59
Sat's battery is full and stuff thought to be broken in 2005 is working again

NASA has updated the status of its once-was-lost, now-is-found IMAGE satellite and revealed the bird's power supplies are operational. The space agency will therefore attempt to revive the mission – if it can can money to fund the effort.…

Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

Tue, 2018-02-06 06:03
The future is female – or at least female friendly

While the world worries about savvy computers taking people's jobs, it may want to focus more on how to retrain its men, who are evidently ill-equipped for work that's increasingly social.…

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

Mon, 2018-02-05 21:53
'Mad' Mike living up to his nickname

Video  An American bloke, who reckons Earth is flat as a frisbee, is on a quest to send himself into space to verify his theory. And on Sunday, he failed to even launch a rocket to a few hundred feet.…

Exoplanets from another galaxy spotted - take that, Kepler fatigue!

Mon, 2018-02-05 05:58
Gravitational microlensing helps astroboffins spot planets 3.8 BEELLION light-years away

The Kepler Space Telescope has found oodles of exoplants, but now astroboffins have spotted the first exoplanets outside our galaxy.…

Epic spacewalk, epic FAIL: cosmonauts point new antenna in the wrong direction

Sun, 2018-02-04 23:16
They had one job during the record eight-hour EVA ...

A record-breaking spacewalk conducted over the weekend ended with an antenna pointed in the wrong direction on the International Space Station (ISS).…

Supermassive black holes scoff just one star per year, say space weight watchers

Fri, 2018-02-02 06:07
Galaxies merged together house the greediest voids

Supermassive black holes in merger galaxies snack on one star every year, according to a paper published on Thursday.…

Astroboffins spot sneaky signs that the Milky Way devoured smaller galaxies

Thu, 2018-02-01 07:01
...and they have also found one of its first stars

Astrophysicists have found evidence that the Milky Way has gobbled up neighbouring massive dwarf galaxies over its 13 billion year lifetime.…

Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy

Thu, 2018-02-01 06:04
Fossil find expands evidence from Cretaceous period

NASA is mostly known for exploring space, but it can also uncover wonders closer to home.…

Anti-missile missile misses again, US military mum on meaning of mess

Thu, 2018-02-01 05:02
Bonus space news: wanna salvage a SpaceX Falcon 9?

Demonstrating again that anti-missile missiles work best under carefully controlled circumstances, a test of such a weapon fired from Hawaii has missed its target.…