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Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

Maybe its inhabitants are mostly harmless and ordinary too

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

It has potential, but don't expect anything useful too soon

Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots order 10 of those and give me your parent's credit card details

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

But odd results and email impersonation raise eyebrows

Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

Fish boozing in alcohol and taurine more likely to ignore pals and look for a fight

Boffins blame meteorites for creating Earth's oldest rocks

Smash, bang, wallop what a planetary crust,

Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

Why are we eternal pessimists? And why's that such a bad thing, eh? Eh? Eh?

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

Join the Mobile Infantry and save the Galaxy. Service guarantees citizenship. Would you like to know more?

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

Nobody knows what these rare speedy electromagnetic spurts really are

Blast from the past: Boffins find the fastest exploding non-supernova star

Eta Carinae's Big Eruption might yet go supernova

Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

British civil servants go bonkers with no booze, or too much

Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

Go on, you know you want to grab these open-source designs and lash them together

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

And the Leaning Tower of Pisa can pick up BBC World Service

The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

Blue crystals hidden in space rocks open hidden secrets

Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

Idea was first speculated more than 30 years ago – now hidden lake detected

All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

Impress pals at the pub by telling them about the creepy-sounding Medusae Fossae

Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

Earth's satellite may have been habitable billions of years ago

Alien sun has smashing time sucking up planets

First case of solar suckage

Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines

Smooth body with a perky top note and a hint of cesium-137 for post-2011 vintages

By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

Now it has 79 satellites, and one is a tiny 'oddball'

Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars

It may have shielded life from harmful rays of radiation billions of years ago

Astroboffins spy the brightest quasar that lit the universe's dark ages

The light has only taken 13 billion years to reach us

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

Scratch the surface and most of us are misanthropic recluses

Spidey sense is literally tingling! Arachnids detect Earth's electric field, use it to fly away

Video Up, up, and away in my silky eight-legged balloon

Universe slipped Milky Way a sausage galaxy to grow a big belly bulge

It's the largest dwarf galaxy to smash into us yet found

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled

Pic Or 'Oumuamua could just be a weird tail-less comet

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

Britain launching its own sat looks more and more likely

NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

First America frets about aliens at its borders, now actual alien bodies turning up from space

Geoboffins baffled as Ceres is crawling with carbon organics

Comets might have seeded the surface over millennia

Astroboffins 'sprinkle iron filings' over remnant supernova

And discover it made a magnet that points 'up'

Astroboffins spot planets swimming in the mists of forming stars

New technique looks for patterns in protostars

Solar winds will help ESA probe smell what Mercury's cookin'

Sun's exhalations whip up molecules on planets with weak magnetic fields

Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle

Upside: the kettle will always be ready. Downside: forget living on the surface

Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

She claims it was gift from Apollo veteran Neil Armstrong

Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space

Signs in the sky from diamonds

Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

Opportunity survived 2007 gale, but this one's way worse

NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

Organic material and methane finds can’t be tied to biological processes

Japan's asteroid-hunting robot Hayabusa2 has its prey within its sights

Landing, roving, cratering. What could possibly go wrong? Hopefully, nothing

Juno finds some lightning on Jupiter is the polar opposite to bolts here on Earth

Spacecraft gets mission extension to keep on gazing

USA! USA! We're No.1! And we want to keep it that way – in spaaaace

And we don't want to pay for it!

No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon's gravitational pull

Complex tidal forces have drawn out the day

NASA makes the James Webb Telescope a looker with a heart of gold

Astroboffins get precious about heat protection in space

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