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News

E-mail triggers row over Hawaii telescope

American Astronomical Society president calls for "respectful discourse"

UK beats Italy to host SKA headquarters

Giant radio telescope's HQ will be at Jodrell Bank, despite a "compelling" bid from its rival

Fiery end for MESSENGER mission

Craft crashes into Mercury after running out of fuel

Protests halt telescope construction on Hawaiian mountain

Work crews blocked from Thirty Meter Telescope site on Mauna Kea

In depth

An interstellar culture clash

Jennifer Ouellette ponders the scientific and political messages of Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem

Between the lines

Sun-centred poetry, an insider's view of dark matter research and a tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

15 years and counting

Robert P Crease reflects on a decade and a half of the Physics World Critical Point column

Web life: Restricted Data: the Nuclear Secrecy Blog

Digging up the dirt on the early nuclear age