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EMDrive to revolutionise space travel

Interstellar

Nasa's controversial engine can get from Earth to Pluto in just 18 months, and a German scientist says it may actually work.

Can Pluto save space funding?

This NASA's photo of Pluto was made from four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) combined with color data from the Ralph instrument in this enhanced color global view released on July 24, 2015. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers).     REUTERS/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

New Horizons mission shows the public is still fascinated by space as Nasa pleads to expand space exploration.

Thirteen new spider species discovered

A new species of peacock spider found at Carnarvon Station in Queensland, on a previous Bush Blitz survey.

Thirteen new species of spider have been discovered on Queensland's Cape York peninsula.

Ban killer robots: Experts

Will killer robots ultimately rebel like the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica?

Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak lead a team of Artificial Intelligence experts who want the UN to ban killer robots.

Hawking AMA on AI

Professor Stephen Hawking speaks at a media event to launch a global science initiative at The Royal Society in London, Britain.

If you have any questions in your brain about Artificial Intelligence, you can now ask Stephen Hawking himself.

Remote control mouse brain

US scientists have been able to direct the path of laboratory mice with a combination of drugs and lights.

US scientists use a wireless controller to direct the path of laboratory mice with a combo of drugs and lights.

Hillary range on 'Everest of space' gallery video

This annotated image of the southern region of Sputnik Planum illustrates its complexity, including the polygonal shapes of Pluto???s icy plains, its two mountain ranges, and a region where it appears that ancient, heavily-cratered terrain has been invaded by much newer icy deposits. The large crater highlighted in the image is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) wide, approximately the size of the greater Washington, DC area.

Pluto gets a landmark named after our great mountaineer as new images are revealed.

Stunning shot is Nasa favourite

The photo, taken by Amit Kamble in Tauranga, which was chosen by Nasa as its coveted Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD).

Take a look at the stunning photo taken in Tauranga which was chosen as a Nasa favourite.

A woman's voice in science

"The science network is a bit more male dominated. It is quite hard to break into even at the higher level," says Margaret Brimble.

Distinguished professor Margaret Brimble won the Women of Influence in science and innovation award in 2014.

Pack your bags, planet Earth video

It's time for humanity to move to a new home, let's try not to screw this one up.

So if it were possible to move to Earth 2.0, what would be banned at the interstellar border?

Is it all too dazzling?

New Plymouth's dazzling new Len lye Centre is unlikely to cause issues similar to those of London's "Walkie Talkie" building in 2013, Roger Hanson says.

The Len Lye Centre has spectacularly achieved its goal of being eye catching but some are asking if it might be too dazzling.

Earth-like planet could host life

An artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b.

Scientists find a planet beyond the solar system that is a close match to ours.

Twelve new potential Earths

An artist’s concept of Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone.

Nasa's Kepler space telescope spots a dozen planets that could be like ours.

New crew arrives at ISS video

Expedition 44's Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station.

Soyuz capsule carrying a three-man crew has docked with the International Space Station after a two-month delay.

Space Dave's search for ET

Dave Owen, AKA Space Dave, looks upon the final frontier with his 12" Dobsonian astronomical telescope.

A Waikato astronomer is excited about developments in the search for extraterrestrial intelligent life.

Kiwi evolved for night life

The first study to sequence the genome of a kiwi species has found genetic adaptations to its nocturnal lifestyle.

New genetic research has pinpointed some of the adaptations kiwi developed to live nocturnally.

Reboot the (space) suit

This spacesuit was worn by astronaut Neil Armstrong during the moon landing July 20,

Neil Armstrong's moonwalk suit is looking a little tired, and the Smithsonian needs help restoring it.

Mozzie munchers discovered

The Evarcha culicivora, one species of spider which likes mosquitoes that carry the malaria virus.

Kenyan spiders which are "highly specialised mosquito assassins" have been discovered by Canterbury researchers.

Earth takes a 'selfie'

Nasa's "epic" shot of the first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from 1.6 million km away.

Earth gets is first full selfie in decades after a satellite sends back a gorgeous shot of our blue planet.

Hottest June ever

Global land and ocean temperatures broke new records in June.

Global temperatures last month were the highest in 136 years of record-keeping.

Miserable 14,000-year-old dentistry

Dental work is seen from the pre-anesthetic era. Paleolithic people probably probed decayed areas with pointed stone tools, new research has found.

Even 14,000 years ago people had cavities. But treatment back then sounds fairly awful.

Hawking launches alien search

British physicist Stephen Hawking: "It's time to commit to finding the answer… we must know."

Physicist kicks off $135m, ten-year mission to discover whether we are alone in the universe.

Video: Pluto's frozen plains video

NASA's New Horizons team displays a 'flyover' graphic animation of what the mountains and plains of Pluto look like from high above. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Fly-over footage of Pluto shows the frozen plains of its 'heart'.

Hidden killer of native wildlife

PhD student Rafael Barbieri handles a wasp nest as part of research on controlling them in New Zealand.

Besides killing and starving natives, wasps cost NZ's economy $75m each year.

Shark myths and misunderstandings

A Great White Shark photographed in South African waters by David Doubilet

We are fascinated by sharks, shrouding them in misinformation and mythology. But with a creature this majestic, the reality is just as interesting.

Hair of the dog

A stuffed kuri or Maori dog that was sold at auction in 2013

Can 250-year-old hairs reveal why the Maori dog disappeared?

Yock strikes back

The planet hunter: Retired professor Phil Yock

Auckland professor accused of misrepresenting data around planet's discovery claims vindication.

Probe heading into deep space

An artist's impression of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which passed Pluto earlier this week.

Now that it's passed Pluto, Nasa's New Horizons probe is heading out of our solar system. Should it have a message for aliens?

Mystery of Charon's dark spot

Scientists are debating the dark spot on Pluto's moon, Charon.

Scientists are speculating that the dark patch on Pluto's moon partner might be ice from Pluto.

A young girl named Pluto video

An earlier image of Pluto from Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft.

How an English schoolgirl with a penchant for classical mythology named a new planet in 1930.

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