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Ducks ding dongs in face of stiff competition

Alternative title for this science paper: Seven-inch bullies humiliate unsuspecting birds

Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

Sitting less than one light year apart in spiral galaxy NGC 7674

NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

Video 'Hang on, Trump has done what??!?'

Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

Geeks' Guide to Britain A hidden British engineering gem: The Hovercraft Museum

Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

Electrophorus electricus is not something to be messed with

Rise Of the Tiny Machines: Boffins cook up autonomous DNA sorting robot

ROTM It's coming for your jobs, very, very slowly

Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

But the mission is far from over, say scientists

Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

Why people hate cheese and speaker worn in the vagina also score 'make you laugh, then make you think' awards

Hubble catches a glimpse WASP-12b, an almost pitch-black exoplanet

Black planet, black world

Scientists produce a map marking water hotspots on the Moon

Just landed on the Moon and fancy a drink? Step on up

New Horizons probe awakens to receive software upgrade

Kuiper-belt-bound craft needs a few weeks of tweaks to prepare for Space Duck 2.0

Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

Scientists reignite the idea of water-bearing asteroids bringing oceans to Earth

Weird white dwarf pulsar baffles boffins as its pulsating pattern changes over decades

AR Scorpii was the first white dwarf pulsar to be found

Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

Which is why its cameras will stop snapping a day before it smacks into Saturn

Boffins find a new way to catch the 'tails' of quasars in massive galaxies

Radio jets beamed from gigantic black holes are still a mystery

Astroboffins map 845 galaxies in glorious 3D, maybe dark matter too

It's all gone potato-shaped for some galaxies already

Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

Research just isn't as effective as it used to be

Pains of giving birth to stars gives heft to elliptical galaxies

So, does my stellar nursery look big in this?

Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

Could any 'detect the transits of the Solar System planets'?

How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

Did, did these bio-boffins just sass us?

SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma

Video Air Force picks Florida as new center for mini-shuttle

Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

Probe skipped past Pluto by 12,500km, so this rock needs to prepare for its close-up

Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

Astroboffins predict cosmic collision for ice giant

As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms

Biggest Sun flare in years could be heading our way

Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

Before you scoff, consider how much we rationalise away what's in front of us

Unable to give up on life on Mars, bio-boffins now thrilled to find boron

Another glimmer of hope of finding ET on otherwise barren brutal busted-flush dust world

Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

What goes up, Musk stay on the ground at this rate

Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

Rep Bridenstine wants to get into space – presumably after we've destroyed this world

Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

4.5km rock is the largest object we've seen up close, albeit still 7,000,000km away

Give a boffin a Xeon and a big GPU, get a new big prime number

9194441048576 + 1 is six MEELLION digits long and the twelfth biggest prime ever found

15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

Who or what had 10 million trillion trillion joules to play with, 3 billion light years away?

Hubble Space Telescope spies possibility of liquid water in TRAPPIST-1

First time boffins have detected water in the planetary system

Boffins want machine learning to predict earthquakes

Shocking! Lab experiments prove promising, but predicting real destruction is a lot harder

P≠NP proof fails, Bonn boffin admits

Norbert Blum says his proposed solution doesn't work

Boffins turn to AI to zip through piles of gravitational lenses

Fast method gives researchers more time to answer bigger questions about our Universe

Living in space basically shoves a warp drive into your blood stream

Human body 'tries to turn on all possible defense systems'

Boffins prove oil and water CAN mix – if you do it in a gas giant

On Earth it requires two diamonds and a ton of pressure

US Navy develops underwater wireless battery-charging tech

Submersible drones are vulnerable when they surface to recharge, hence the need for wetter-is-better top-up tech

Scientists measure magnetic field around most distant galaxy yet

Galactic magnetism emerges early on in the universe's life

James Webb Telescope will be infatuated with Europa and Enceladus

NASA's investigations into the watery moons may hold secrets to life in the Solar System

US focuses eyes in the sky as Hurricane Harvey starts to slam into Texas

Residents flee as weather services upgrade storm to Category Three

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

Tablet beat Pythagoras by a millennium, may explain how the ancients built pyramids

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