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The privately-launched Cygnus cargo ship delivered critical supplies as well as long-awaited gifts from the astronauts' families

Thai anti-government protesters gather in front of a registration venue for election candidates at the Thai-Japan Stadium in Bangkok,

Thai protesters anti-government surround Bangkok sports stadium to try to block election sign-up

Anti-government protesters determined to unseat Thailand's prime minister surrounded a Bangkok sports stadium on Monday in an unsuccessful attempt to block political parties from registering for February elections.

Peter Higgs is to be honoured with a new £11m space technology centre named after him

The Nobel Prize for Peter Higgs recognises truth in an ancient Greek idea

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Russian 'space troops' are not prepared for battle with aliens, says official

We are not ready to fight extraterrestrial civilizations, says defence official

'Space burials' on offer in Japan for a third the cost of UK burial

Elysium Space transports a 'symbolic portion' of the deceased's ashes into space alongside commercial satellite launches from the US

Egypt court orders the closure of Al-Jazeera and three other television channels

The Al-Jazeera Egypt network, along with three other stations known to have covered Muslim Brotherhood protests have been told to stop broadcasting by an Egyptian court.

Critics ask why Britain is giving £1.5bn in aid to six nations with space ambitions

TaxPayers' Alliance says countries with space programmes should not be receiving money from UK mean to be going to world's poorest

The UK Space Agency, based in Swindon, aims to capture 10 per cent of the space industry

From Swindon to the Solar System: UK Space Agency aims to capture 10 per cent of the industry

It’s easy to laugh, but Britain is making steady progress in the space race. And with £40bn up for grabs, we should take it seriously

The British car industry is roaring back to life, so why do we still think it's a goner?

Fiat moving its global headquarters to Britain is just one sign of a renaissance

A cosmic collision: Two satellites due to smash into surface of the moon… but don't worry, it was all planned by Nasa

NASA has deliberately guided the twin satellites into a cliff close to the moon’s northern pole

Bad loser Romney blames defeat on Obama 'handouts'

The Republican Party is still grappling with its electoral trouncing last week. But Mitt Romney has already worked out why he was thrashed at the ballot box: President Obama's "gifts" to minorities and illegal immigrants, college-loan waivers to young people and free contraceptives.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Review

A worthy successor to the classic X-COM.
The spiral around the red giant R Sculptoris is probably caused by a hidden companion star

Highest telescope reveals wonders of the Universe

A stunning image of a spiral shell of cosmic dust and gas around a red giant star was captured by astronomers using the world's highest terrestrial telescope.

Asylum seeker admits murdering two teenage girls

An asylum-seeker today admitted murdering two teenage girls whose bodies were found in a flat.

Concerns raised as strange and sudden ice sheet melt reported in Greenland

Scientists say there has been a freak event in Greenland this month: Nearly every part of the massive ice sheet that blankets the island suddenly started melting.

Emperor penguins near the Halley Research Station

Scientists p-p-pick out penguins from space for new head count

Emperor penguins, lots and lots of them – and now we know just how many. Antarctica contains more than half a million – nearly double the number previously thought, a satellite survey has revealed. In the first comprehensive census of a species taken from space, high-resolution photos of 44 colonies around the Antarctic continent showed there were 595,000 birds – the previous estimate was 350,000.

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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