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This year’s Call of Duty could tackle Sci-Fi

Call of Duty has gone through several changes over the years but the big focus right now appears to be on futuristic themes with Black Ops III and Advanced Warfare. However, this year’s game from Infinity Ward could take things a step forward with a full blown Sci-Fi setting with …

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Bill Nye’s Lightsail completes first round of flight software tests

Scientific educator Bill Nye’s Lightsail, crowd funded space-craft project is continuing apace. Following the successful test flight and opening in mid-2015, the final version of the fuel-free space craft is continuing development, with a completion of the latest round of testing, which used a base-station, known as BenchSat, to simulate …

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Obama gives go ahead for asteroid mining, ownership

Although the U.S. and Russia were at each other’s throats when it came to the 20th century space race, they did agree in 1967 that no state could claim ownership of celestial bodies. That hasn’t stopped some commercial ventures from doing so of course, even without legal binding, but now …

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Lockheed and Boeing to build re-usable rocket too

When a new piece of hardware is introduced to a market that shakes things up, it’s often termed disruptive. Elon Musk is himself, a disruptor of many industries, helping push the world towards electric cars, high-speed maglev hyperloop travel and indeed, cheaper and more efficient space transits. So much so …

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NASA to launch 4K TV channel in November

NASA has announced that it will soon be launching a TV channel dedicated to showing off ultra high-definition footage. A company called Harmonic has stepped in to help the space agency with its new channel, which is set to officially launch on the 1st of November. Right now, NASA is …

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NASA funds research to make human waste more useful in space

Going to the toilet in space isn’t easy. Without gravity human bowels work slightly differently, and there’s the ever present problem of what comes out floating around the cabin or space station, as happened during the Apollo 10 mission. There’s also the problem of disposal, as we don’t want any …

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SpaceVR wants to turn us all into astronauts

Despite decades and decades of flinging things and ourselves into space, only 533 people have left the confines of our little blue marble and orbited around its expanse, truly experiencing what it’s like to be in space. One company wants to change that however. Space VR is a Kickstarter campaign …

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New Horizons confirms Pluto is bigger than we thought

Poor Pluto. Once part of the collective of nine planets that make up our solar system, it was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2005, after the discovery of the larger Eris – a trans-Neptunian object – forced scientists to consider the formal definition of “planet;” unfortunately for Pluto it …

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Philae comet lander space probe wakes up

It’s been seven long months since anyone has heard from the Philae lander, which was touched down on a comet, hundreds of millions of miles from earth, in a descent that was fraught with nail biting triumphs. After 60 hours though, its batteries ran dry, as it had managed to land in …

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Crowd funded lightsail to take part in test flight

Just less than a week on from Bill Nye and his Planetary Society’s smashing of their Kickstarter goal, the Light Sail Solar Sail satellite, slated to officially launch next year, is set to go through a test run. Sat atop an Atlus V rocket, the miniature cubesat will be launched into …

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NASA wants a clear path for Pluto probe

As NASA’s New Horizons probe gets ever closer to its intended target of Pluto, where on the 14th July it is expected to complete its first flyby of the dwarf planet, scientists on the ground are scanning the inky blackness of space to make sure that it has a clear path. …

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NASA bringing rover tech to driverless cars

Driverless car technologies are coming on leaps and bounds at the moments, with the world’s first motorway-only automated features set to hit commercial cars as soon as 2017. However, whether our automated future will look like the cars of old, or something more akin to Google’s Pod Car design remains to …

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Warm oceans discovered on Saturn’s moon, could contain life

Although Jupiter’s moon Europa has often been considered the mostly likely place in our solar system other than Earth to have life as we know it somewhere within its under-ice oceans, there may be another, more viable contender on the cosmic horizon. Enceladus, a small moon orbiting Saturn, is now thought …

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How fast is the speed of light really?

Update: Thanks to our readers for pointing out some of the problems with this piece. Mark Smith came up with a short and sweet analogy for what’s going on in the video below: “The times given are how long *we* perceive it takes light to travel those distances. Relativity tells …

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Scientists still confused over Mars ‘protuberance’

If there’s one thing we know about the universe at large, it’s that it can always surprise us. Even close to home in-fact, as Mars, one of our solar system companions has been puzzling scientists for years, having protruded something from its atmosphere back in 2012 and nobody is quite sure …

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Sid Meier goes beyond space, to Starships

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Sid Meier is apparently not happy with just going beyond earth and will soon be launching an all out assault on the stars, with 2K and Firaxis announcing their new game, Sid Meier’s Starships. Taking to space with a new interstellar strategy game that is set in the same universe as Civilization: Beyond Earth, it should …

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SpaceX plans to land a rocket on a drone ship, tomorrow

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If you are a fan of potential failure and large explosions then tomorrow could be a good day for you! SpaceX, the US rocket company owned by Elon Musk, is planning to land one of its Falcon 9 rockets on a sea-based floating platform known as the “autonomous spaceport drone ship”. …

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Mars may have methane producing microbes

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In a paper released in the Science academic journal a few days ago, a group of NASA scientists has confirmed the existence of methane gas on Mars. This is a good indicator of life, as 95% of methane here on Earth is generated by Microbes. While this is in itself impressive, some of the other …

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No Man’s Sky gets two new trailers

No Mans Sky

Two more trailers for the procedurally generated, sci-fi sandbox game, No Man’s Sky have been released following the Sony PlayStation Experience event and The Game Awards. These two trailers below give us another small glimpse at the incredible detail in the game’s different planets that are just waiting to be discovered, explored and for …

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Rosetta to land on comet in next 36 hours

Remember Rosetta? The little probe that left Earth back in 2004 and spent a near decade taking a jaunt through space so that it could finally enter orbit around the 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet? Back in August this year it did just that and many watched it happen live. If that’s something you …

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