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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

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

Time team comes closest it ever has to magical zero result

DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

Curiosity Rover's drill is mostly working again after 'percussive maintenance'

Calm your conspiracy theories, latest glimpse reveals Planet Nine may just be a pipe dream

Dodgy outer orbits all down to asteroids and gravity

NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

Video Not enough time to even call Bruce Willis and Armageddonoutofhere

SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

Meanwhile, Russia brings three ISS crew safely home yet again

Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes

In Putin's Russia, battery life outlive YOU

Boffins quietly cheering possible discovery of new fundamental particle: Sterile neutrino

Champagne on ice, but MiniBooNE's 15-year hunt has produced promising results

Dawn spacecraft to get up-close and personal with dwarf planet Ceres

New orbit will skim just 30 miles above Death Star lookalike

The ice must flow: Dunes of frozen gas spotted on alien dwarf

Pluto's not just a cold distant ball – it may have been geologically active early on

SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch

Updated Comms sat to treat Asia Pacific to exciting new HD programming. Rejoice!

Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

Geek's Guide to Britain The North East's Zeppelin warning system is largely forgotten

MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

Probe of extra search area again fails to find plane

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