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Cosmic census reveals 540 stars and planets in our neighbourhood

By Jonathan O’Callaghan A map of the cosmic neighbourhood galaxymap.org A cosmic census of the currently known objects in the vicinity of our sun has revealed that there are 540…

California condors swoop on home and ‘declare war’

“If this happens again, hazing to preclude them from causing damage and habituation is encouraged. This includes using methods that will not harm them such as water hoses, yelling, clapping,…

US Navy is developing drones to exterminate birds’ eggs near airfields

By David Hambling Birds nesting near airfields can pose a risk to aircraft Rebecca Cole/Alamy A new US Navy autonomous drone will seek out and locate birds’ nests near airfields,…

Enormous kites flown by robots could help power a Mars colony

By Leah Crane Giant kites could help generate renewable energy on Mars ICHAUVEL/Getty Images Any long-term base camp on Mars will need to be powered by renewable energy. A proposal…

Is San Francisco on the verge of a herd immunity breakthrough? Experts are optimistic

SAN FRANCISCO — Adam Bergeron is looking forward to reopening the Balboa Theater, the independent movie theater in San Francisco he owns and operates.  He’s watched as other movie theaters…

Elise Stefanik: from Republican moderate to Trump favourite

And upon taking office in 2015, she positioned herself as a moderate, occasionally speaking out against Donald Trump the candidate and later, the president. On a local talk radio station…

‘It hurts to look at home’: Heartbroken Indians help from abroad

“It’s just such a surreal feeling to be sitting on the opposite side of the world, seeing a funeral unfolding on your screen, seeing your family members crying, hugging each…

Brain’s movement control centre may have had key role in our evolution

By Michael Marshall The cerebellum may have had a larger role in human evolution than once thought KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY The key to human evolution may have been at…

Owl-like dinosaurs had remarkably good hearing and night vision

By Cameron Duke Fossilised Shuvuuia deserti skeleton Mick Ellison-AMNH A tiny bird-like dinosaur with long legs and muscular, clawed arms was quite the night owl. Shuvuuia deserti lived around 75…

SpaceX: The rocky road to a smooth rocket landing

The latest SpaceX Starship prototype has completed a successful high-altitude ascent and landing, making a controlled return to the ground in Texas. However, four previous attempts all ran into trouble…