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News

Gargantuan black hole found at the heart of dwarf galaxy

Many previously hidden black holes may lie in compact star systems

Rosetta reveals its target landing site

Mission will aim for comet's head this November

Divergent quasars fall in line

Diverse properties of cosmic behemoths based on only two parameters

Big Bang ruled out as origin of lithium-6

Observed over-abundance of key isotope could point to new physics

In depth

Gardening in space

Robert P Crease on the success story of a courgette in space

Towards a more plausible dragon

"Fermi problems" make up the heart of Charles Adler's book about the science of science fiction and fantasy, says reviewer Costas Efthimiou

Web life: Super Planet Crash

A simple game based on orbital dynamics is a "gateway drug" for learning more about exoplanet science

What if a solar super-storm hit?

Ashley Dale examines the devastating impact that a solar super-storm could have on life on Earth