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Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light

May 1, 2018 - 6:25am
The winch that saves Christmas, boffins hope

The second generation of a deciwatt gravity-powered lamp designed by the British industrial designers behind the Psion computer keyboard was launched today.…

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Wanna hoverboard? Learn to build a tractor beam first

May 1, 2018 - 5:56am
Bristol boffin joins The Register to talk acoustic levitation

Name a sci-fi classic that doesn’t feature some sort of levitation or tractor beam tech...not much, is there. But the stalwart of Star Trek, Star Wars and Back to the Future is moving beyond fiction and into the real world.…

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

May 1, 2018 - 3:15am
Analysing Galileo's Jovian moon results

NASA scientists have made some new discoveries about Jupiter's giant moon Ganymede, thanks to a dedicated team, an elderly VAX machine and 20-year-old data from the long-defunct Galileo probe.…

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

May 1, 2018 - 2:50am
Yet Filton display shows it's among the world's best-loved aircraft

Geek's Guide to Britain For a generation that never heard the sonic boom as Concorde broke the sound barrier overhead, the iconic white arrow-shaped aircraft dubbed "The Rocket" by British Airways is just a story our parents told.…

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North will remain North for now, say geo-magnetic boffins

May 1, 2018 - 12:57am
Much-feared magnetic field 'flip' not happening anytime soon

Earth's magnetic field flips from time to time, but boffins are now confident it won't happen again any time soon.…

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Bill Gates declined offer to serve as Donald Trump's science advisor

May 1, 2018 - 12:01am
Spontaneous offer made during chat about vaccines (which - phew! - Trump seemed to like)

Bill Gates reportedly turned down an offer to serve as President Donald Trump's science advisor.…

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Mannequin Skywalker takes high ground on Bezos-backed rocket

April 30, 2018 - 4:54am
Blue Origin test flight reaches 107km apogee and lands safely

Jeff Bezos-founded spaceflight firm Blue Origin set a company record yesterday by sending its capsule on a sub-orbital trajectory with an apogee of 351,000 feet (107km) before landing both booster and capsule safely in West Texas.…

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Double double, soil and trouble, fire burn and heat shield bubble: NASA cracks rover, has dirty talk with ESA

April 27, 2018 - 5:40pm
Isn't science wonderful?

There was good news and bad news for interplanetary exploration today.…

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It's not rocket science! Actually it is, and it's been a busy frickin week

April 27, 2018 - 12:29pm
Russia and China light blue touch-paper, stand well back

Russia and China celebrated a pair of successful launches this week, with a Rockot booster placing Sentinel-3B into orbit while China's Long March 11 lobbed five imaging sats into space.…

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Want to make a super-earth? Bring on the frikking lasers

April 27, 2018 - 1:30am
Dum dum dum dede dum dum, under pressure

A team of physicists have attempted to recreate the internal conditions of a ‘super-Earth’ planet in a lab, by shooting laser beams at iron samples.…

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I spy with my little eye ... a quantum drum with TRILLIONS of atoms

April 26, 2018 - 9:56pm
Boffins: 'infinitely precise' measurements feasible

Gravitational wave measurements, and quantum computing and communications are just two applications of an international experiment that created entanglement between objects large enough to be visible to humans.…

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James Webb Space Telescope + luck = long distance astrofun

April 26, 2018 - 12:40pm
Gravitational lensing may help NASA kit see some real golden oldies

Researchers hope that NASA's budgetary-challenged James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) may score some good fortune with a boost from galactic alignment.…

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Astroboffins peep at the largest orgy of galaxies banging into each other

April 26, 2018 - 1:04am
The gargantuan blob could be creating the largest megastructure in the universe

Astronomers have spotted a whopping 14 galaxies on the verge of merging to create what could be the densest and most massive galactic cluster in the universe.…

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Incredible Euro space agency data leak... just as planned: 1.7bn stars in our galaxy mapped

April 25, 2018 - 11:11pm
In 53 quadrillion miles, take the next exit right at V354 Cephei

The European Space Agency (ESA) has emitted a huge dump of data from its Gaia mission to 3D map the Milky Way.…

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That's no moon... er, that's an asteroid. And it'll be your next and final home, spacefarer

April 25, 2018 - 10:08pm
Let's take a peek at your cosmic Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria

Students and eggheads are designing a futuristic spaceship from an empty asteroid shell capable of housing astronaut crews as they slowly move between stars on trips that could last hundreds of years.…

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

April 25, 2018 - 8:53am
As toys fly from prams over post-Brexit access to sat system, UK.gov is reminded: You agreed to this

The furore over Britain's potential loss of access to Europe's Galileo satellite system post-Brexit turned up a notch this week – as a report blamed British officials' iffy approach to negotiations.…

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$50 add-on can turn your mobe into a less misanthropic House MD

April 25, 2018 - 3:52am
Gizmo ideal for diagnosing disease in remote areas

Researchers have come up with an optical gadget which, when attached to a smartphone, can check samples for 12 infectious diseases at once.…

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The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that

April 25, 2018 - 3:15am
Spear and LeComber stumbled on the thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display 40 years ago

Every time you use a smartphone, glance at your smart watch, fire up a computer, watch TV or endure a PowerPoint presentation, you experience a little bit of Dundee.…

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Russians poised to fire intercontinental ballistic missile... into space with Sentinel-3 sat on board

April 25, 2018 - 2:03am
Ahhhahaha, had you going then

The European Space Agency (ESA) is all a-quiver at the prospect of the second Sentinel-3 satellite launch, due this evening atop a Russian Rockot launcher.…

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Cosmic prang probe: Euro space boffins to smash sats, virtually

April 24, 2018 - 11:02pm
ESA wants to solve crucial riddle: What really happens when accidents occur in orbit?

The European Space Agency is launching a new research project to study satellite collisions in space.…

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