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Elevators could be the next big thing in space travel

A panel of experts were quizzed on whether or not a space elevator would be feasible (and legal) and the result was a resounding “Yes” – but only if certain conditions are met. Firstly, it would take one hell of

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Elevators could be the next big thing in space travel

A panel of experts were quizzed on whether or not a space elevator would be feasible (and legal) and the result was a resounding “Yes” – but only if certain conditions are met. Firstly, it would take one hell of

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Super-powered laser to be added to the ISS

Because doing science in space wouldn’t be complete without a giant laser, the International Space Station is due to receive a super-powerful laser by the end of 2014. But don’t worry, because this particular laser doesn’t actually have the capability to

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Super-powered laser to be added to the ISS

Because doing science in space wouldn’t be complete without a giant laser, the International Space Station is due to receive a super-powerful laser by the end of 2014. But don’t worry, because this particular laser doesn’t actually have the capability to

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Time for an upgrade? We want an LHC that’s three times as big

Astronomers have gone from a series of large telescopes, to the Very Large Telescope (VLT), and even now to the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). So it comes as no surprise that scientists at CERN are hoping for a size upgrade

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Time for an upgrade? We want an LHC that’s three times as big

Astronomers have gone from a series of large telescopes, to the Very Large Telescope (VLT), and even now to the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). So it comes as no surprise that scientists at CERN are hoping for a size upgrade

Can you see a star which is only 10 years old, and how old does a star have to be for us to see it?

Asked by Danielle, Melbourne The stars in our Universe are so far away that it can take years for their light to reach us here on Earth. We get light years as a measure of distance from this: one light year

Can you see a star which is only 10 years old, and how old does a star have to be for us to see it?

Asked by Danielle, Melbourne The stars in our Universe are so far away that it can take years for their light to reach us here on Earth. We get light years as a measure of distance from this: one light year

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Ball lightning observed in nature for the first time

Continuing on from my last post about wind turbines firing lightning into storm clouds, here’s another awesome story about lightning: for the first time ever, scientists have observed ball lightning – otherwise known as the mysterious St Elmo’s fire –

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Ball lightning observed in nature for the first time

Continuing on from my last post about wind turbines firing lightning into storm clouds, here’s another awesome story about lightning: for the first time ever, scientists have observed ball lightning – otherwise known as the mysterious St Elmo’s fire –

The best of both worlds: wind turbines shooting lightning into a storm

This is a seriously cool phenomenon: wind turbines in the centre of a lightning storm are actually shooting lightning bolts back into the sky. Lightning is caused by a build-up of static electricity in the clouds, creating a difference in

The best of both worlds: wind turbines shooting lightning into a storm

This is a seriously cool phenomenon: wind turbines in the centre of a lightning storm are actually shooting lightning bolts back into the sky. Lightning is caused by a build-up of static electricity in the clouds, creating a difference in

Dark matter and dark energy – we know it’s out there somewhere…

Let’s pull together what we know about gravity and the Universe. We know that gravity likes to pull things together – attract them to one another – and we know (or, at least, we think) that the Universe was formed

Dark matter and dark energy – we know it’s out there somewhere…

Let’s pull together what we know about gravity and the Universe. We know that gravity likes to pull things together – attract them to one another – and we know (or, at least, we think) that the Universe was formed