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Astronomy, astrophysics & cosmology

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News

Quasar spectrum shines a new light on unchanged fundamental constants

Results hint at the static nature of the dark-energy field

Could the Sun be trapping asymmetric dark matter?

New model could help settle discrepancies between theory and observational solar data

'Golden stars' pulsate in a strange, non-chaotic way

Discovery could shed light on the physics that drives stellar oscillations

Physicists reveal new way of cooling large objects with light

Demonstration could lead to "stable optical springs" for gravitational-wave detectors

In depth

Dialling up the cosmos

Edwin Cartlidge reports on the new apps that allow smartphone users to detect cosmic rays

To infinity, beyond and back again

Space-travel film Interstellar awes our reviewer Tushna Commissariat with an epic plot and breath-taking effects, but what about the science?

Between the lines: Christmas special

A collection of physics-themed books on topics ranging from aliens to zombies, reviewed by Margaret Harris

A lucky, but lonely, planet

Is life on other planets common? Or are we alone in the universe? Duncan Forgan evaluates a book that argues that Earth is the exception, not the rule