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News

UAE fires up space agency with Mars mission

Country plan to send spacecraft to "red planet" by 2021

Critics attack new 10-year US fusion plan

Report "lacks vision" and fails to address real problems, say researchers

Retrial granted for jailed Iranian physicist

Supreme Court overturns initial verdict for Omid Kokabee

Chemistry Nobel awarded for super-resolution microscopy

Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner share 2014 prize

In depth

Unearthing Newton's papers

The fate of Isaac Newton's manuscripts after his death provides an interesting footnote to the great scientist's life, according to Matin Durrani

Between the lines

A book about the 1815 Tambora eruption and its effect on climate, plus a documentary film about Bruno Pontecorvo, reviewed by Margaret Harris and Tushna Commissariat

The STEM shortage paradox

Industry is crying out for more people with scientific and technical skills. So why can't STEM graduates find enough jobs? Margaret Harris investigates

Celebrating the mind

Robert P Crease marks the centenary of the birth of Martin Gardner