Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system
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Thursday 27 December 2012
A stuffy academic?
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Planet that orbits a sun visible to the naked eye
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Boris Strugatsky and his older brother Arkady, who died in 1991, were the Soviet Union's best-known science-fiction writers and, from the early 1970s, gained an international reputation as their work was regularly translated into English. Their Noon Universe is the setting for 10 novels and various offshoot works, written over a quarter of a century, while other stories were adapted for the cinema, most notably Tarkovsky's Stalker.
Sunday 09 December 2012
Tributes poured in immediately for eccentric stargazer Sir Patrick Moore as news of his death broke.
Friday 30 November 2012
US military chiefs 'planned to blow up the moon with nuclear bomb' as show of Cold War muscle, physicist claims
Wednesday 28 November 2012
Claims that military bosses developed a classified plan to launch a nuclear weapon 238,000 miles to the moon where it would be detonated upon impact
Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Ronald Wayne decided to get out just two weeks after Apple was registered for business'
Saturday 24 November 2012
Who knew that Apple – the technology firm, not the record label – had its very own fifth Beatle? The Stu Sutcliffe to Steve Jobs's Lennon and Steve Wozniak's McCartney is Ronald Wayne, now 78 and living alone in a bungalow in Nevada from where he supplements his social security payments by selling stamps and old coins.
Thursday 15 November 2012
A planet without a sun has been discovered by astronomers who say it is the first confirmation of a free-floating planet that does not orbit a star.
The Mary Celeste of space: Scientists discover first ever free-floating planet not trapped by gravity of a star
Wednesday 14 November 2012
A planet without a sun that wanders through space like a lost Mary Celeste has been discovered by astronomers who say it is the first confirmation of a free-floating planet that does not orbit a star.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
The universe is expanding at a rate comparable to a rollercoaster, according to scientists who have mapped the galaxies for the first time as they were 11 billion years ago.
Saturday 10 November 2012
Out of a fatal accident comes a patchwork quilt of changed lives
Thursday 08 November 2012
A new ‘super-Earth’ has been discovered that could have a life-supporting climate and water.
Tuesday 06 November 2012
The money the Government stands to gain from the auction of the 4G mobile spectrum represents that extremely rare and happy event in public finances: a genuine windfall. It should be treated as such. It should not be ploughed back to vanish in the Treasury's vaults; it should not be seized by the Chancellor to plug gaps elsewhere. It should be set aside to support programmes in a conceptually related area that might not otherwise attract funding.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Gart Westerhout was an astronomer who gained international renown in the early 1950s when he helped chart the Milky Way galaxy with unprecedented precision, and who later created the astronomy programme at the University of Maryland in the United States.
Italian scientists jailed for six years after failing to issue warnings ahead of deadly L’Aquila earthquake
Monday 22 October 2012
Leading geophysicists say trial over deadly L’Aquila quake should never have been held
World's most lethal spider found under a bunch of bananas
Rumours that the star wants to move on to pastures new
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
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