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Did solar superflares spark life on Earth?

Huge storms on the Sun could have disrupted our planet's magnetic shield

Mega-tsunamis shaped ancient Martian shoreline

Huge meteorite impacts created a splash in northern Mars 3.4 billion years ago

Ultrasensitive magnetic-field sensor could be made from a wobbling compass needle

Tiny sliver of cobalt should undergo precession in weak magnetic fields, say physicists

IceCube's search for sterile neutrinos draws a blank

Measurement at the South Pole rules out previous potential sightings of the hypothetical particles

Plans for a laser-driven gamma-ray beam are unveiled by physicists

Simulations show how electrons zigzagging in a magnetic field could generate megaelectronvolt photons

Parallel-universe search focuses on neutrons

Particles could be in a superposition of different branes, say physicists

Buckyball pioneer Harold Kroto dies at 76

Nobel-prize-winning chemist created ball-shaped molecules to better understand interstellar clouds

Supernova sediments still rain down on Earth and the Moon

New evidence confirms multiple supernova explosions took place in the solar system's neighbourhood relatively recently

Finding the Earth-bound evidence for supernovae in the galactic neighbourhood

Iron-60 deposits in the Earth's crust reveal that supernovae in the relatively recent past may have affected our planet

Gravitational background noise could be much louder than expected

Cosmic signal could be detected by LIGO and Virgo in 2020, say physicists

White dwarf with nearly pure oxygen atmosphere surprises astronomers

Discovery sheds further light on the dying days of stars

Rivers of stars could point to cold dark matter in the Milky Way halo

Dark matter's effect on stellar streams should be measurable, says astrophysicist

Rare-isotope decay links tiny grains to stellar explosions

Discovery helps to explain how elements are made in novae

Mission to Mars launches in search of signs of life

The Trace Gas Orbiter will study the red planet's atmosphere and test landing technologies

Einstein meets the dark sector in a new numerical code that simulates the universe

Computer program applies general relativity on a huge scale