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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

Of course, it's huge sun flares, Chinese spying, or ALIENS

World's oldest URL – fragments 73,000 years old – discovered in cave

Pics Is it a hashtag? Is it a web address? Is it art? You gotta draw a line somewhere

Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?

45 days of 'WAKE UP' calls to be shouted at teenage rover

Boffins don't want to burst your bubble – they create them with sound

Video Nerd out over bizarre ultrasonic fluid dynamics

SpaceX dodges lightning while storms keep Japan earthbound

Telstar to blast broadband over Asia while ISS astros face fresh underwear delay

Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

C'mon, please, please reinstate its status...

NASA's Kepler probe rouses from its slumber, up and running again

The old space telescope isn't giving up

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

JPL code still running after four decades. How's your Python looking?

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

Open up your eyes and look around: It's just an illusion

Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

All driller and lots of filler aboard the ISS

Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

Powerful tidal forces can restart fusion processes

Fruit flies use the power of the sun to help them fly in straight lines

Winged critters can travel over 9 miles in a single evening

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

High-tech duct tape fixed it

New Horizons eyeballs Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule, its next flyby goal

Pic 'Pale Blue Dot' snaps pale in comparison to most distant pics ever taken

Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

Million-year eruptions killed ozone layer, toasting 90% of life on the planet

Jupiter suffered growing pains before becoming our system's big daddy

It may be the oldest and largest planet, but it took a long time

Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

Polar cap and sea height-measuring ICEsat-2 to fire 10k pulses at Earth each second

It's official – satellite spots water ice at the Moon's chilly poles

Maybe future astronauts can finally enjoy a nice cuppa

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

Hey...kids...yes 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

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