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Ian Sample

Ian Sample

    Probe to sniff Martian methane mystery
    Probe to sniff Martian methane mystery
    The search for life on Mars has entered a new phase with the launch of a spacecraft built to sniff out waste gases released by alien organisms.
    Evidence suggests huge ninth planet exists past Pluto at solar system's edge
    Evidence suggests huge ninth planet exists past Pluto at solar system's edge
    As science often does, it began with a “huh?” Some distant objects far beyond Pluto were behaving very oddly. The orbits of a handful of space...
    Microbe to be in two places at once
    Microbe to be in two places at once
    The scientists aim to suspend a common microbe in an uncertain state similar to that endured by Schrödinger's cat, which is portrayed in the Nobel...
    Comet-chaser fires up its Philae minion
    Comet-chaser fires up its Philae minion
    The Rosetta spacecraft was set to swoop into a closer orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko this week to help the mothership talk to its...
    Scientists genetically modify human embryos in controversial world first
    Scientists genetically modify human embryos in controversial world first
    The work raises fresh questions over whether restrictions should be placed on a new wave of genetic techniques that are rapidly gaining ground in labs...
    Eat your words: Traumatic dinners put the linguini in linguistics
    Eat your words: Traumatic dinners put the linguini in linguistics
    A bad meal out might ruin your night, but the ordeal could traumatise you too, according to linguists who analysed online reviews.
    Final frontier fiasconauts raise Mars bar
    Final frontier fiasconauts raise Mars bar
    From more than 200 000 people who hoped to leave Earth and die on Mars, only 660 remain in the running. On February 16 this number will be...
    Designer GM bugs now safer than ever
    Designer GM bugs now safer than ever
    In a drive to improve the environmental safety of genetically modified (GM) organisms, scientists have created the first GM microbes that can only...
    Fracking chemicals 'may affect fertility'
    Fracking chemicals 'may affect fertility'
     People who live near fracking operations should be monitored for chemical contaminants and health problems, according to researchers who have...
    Historical moment as Rosetta spacecraft touches down on comet
    Historical moment as Rosetta spacecraft touches down on comet
    The signal – on touchdown – broke a seven-hour wait of agonising intensity and sparked scenes of jubilation at the European...
    Missionary impossible: How sex was a sideways story
    Missionary impossible: How sex was a sideways story
    Fossilised features of antiarch fish suggest that early intercourse was not the smoothest of affairs, with males faced with the task of steering...
    Interstellar dust scooped from vacuum
    Interstellar dust scooped from vacuum
    It could be the most exotic material on the planet. Seven particles of dust brought back to Earth by a spacecraft nearly a decade ago appear to have...