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Looking through walls, now easier than ever

Boffins working to put everyone in glass houses

Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

Emerges without much dust, ready for fourteenth Earth year of ops - rather longer than planned 90-day mission!

No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

And it doesn't matter if you call the engine a 'range extender' or not

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

Ancient assembler code checked out and now probe's mission can be extended

Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims

Each packed with 50-plus qubits, it's a stepping stone to next-gen computing. Possibly

Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

House of Lords members make push for Scottish spaceports

Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

Updated Launch blunder not the best start for Putin's new spaceport

You live in the right galaxy: Milky Way to eat Small Magellanic Cloud even sooner

You've only got a few billion years, little buddy

Give 1,000 monkeys typewriters, they'll write Shakespeare. Give them robot arms, and wait – they actually did that?

Animal-piloted cyborgs is just what 2017 needs right now

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

New finch species developed in just two generations

Clone poster girl Dolly the sheep's arthritis was 'normal for her age'

Boffins say health issues were not related to genetic wizardry

Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

'Free science'/pirate site operator 'working on solving DNS issue'

'Water on Mars' re-classified as just 'sand on Mars'

Maybe very slightly damp sand, but new look at Martian gullies finds they look like dunes

Sorry 'strange physics' fans, IceCube finds the Standard Model stands

Video Boffins finds neutrinos sometimes collide with Earth instead of passing through

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

Out-of-shape ‘Oumuamua only looks like a starship, right?

How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

*No, mate. Just no* New model throws spanner in exoplanet debate

Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

'Shape memory alloys' mean tires can roll over sharp objects without permanently deforming

Arecibo spared the axe: Iconic observatory vital to science lives on

NSF approves plan to keep Puerto Rico facility operational after hurricane trashed it

'It's back to the drawing board...' Innocent axions found not guilty of dark matter crimes

Boffins look on the bright side of detecting basically nothing

Rocky Ross 128 b might harbour aliens – and it's headed right for us

In 71,000 years, it'll be closer than disappointing dustball Proxima Centauri b

576-megapixel 'Zwicky Transient Facility' telescope sees first light

Astroboffins prepare for cosmic data deluge starting in February 2018

Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

When supermassive black holes collide, we'll feel it

Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

'Dream Chaser' is signed up for ISS re-supply six missions

Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

By a multinational... But, er, RULE BRITANNIA!

NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System

Vid If nothing goes wrong with biggest rocket ever, which is only a little over budget

Astronomers find bizarre 'zombie supernova' that just won't die

Boffins baffled by slow burn supernova that glows and dims

Our oldest mammalian ancestor named after British pub landlord

145 million year fossil reveals our rat-like relatives

Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang

It also makes for great fertiliser

Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

Earth-based 'scope clocks one of this simulation's first wonders

Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales

Climate apocalypse, you say? Meh, at least we have truffles

Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

Proxima Centauri... more like Pulverea Centauri, amirite?*

Giza geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

Pharaoh-nominal science breakthrough

Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

Not as fast as your first time, though, let's be honest

NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

Probe to carry cams named SHERLOC and WATSON, plus chute-cam and selfie-snappers

Astroboffins spot a fat 'monster' ALIEN planet terrorizing tiny dwarf

Pic It's the biggest faraway world found compared to the size of its parent

Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

Updated FoI request reveals researchers pressured to tweak base case

IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

Wait! A PCM chip that computes as well as stores?!

Jupiter flashes pulsating southern pole, boffins understandably baffled

Misbehaving gas giant's ends light up independently

Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

Nasty but nice: gaseous comet innards included water ice!

India to launch moon mission in March 2018

Chandrayaan-2 will send a rover and an orbiter to Luna

Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

Inshert Hunt for Red October jokesh here

Li-ion batteries blow up because they breed nanowire crystals

Video Boffins think 'dendrites' are the inevitable result of re-charges, which is awkward

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