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Computer chips of the size and sophistication required to meet the challenge already exist. ... For a planet like Mars, smart dust particles would each have to be the size of a grain of sand. ... Wireless networking would allow these particles to form swarms, and Dr Barker's team has carried out mathematical simulations to see how this would work. ... We envisage that most of the particles can only talk to their nearest neighbours but a...


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Resolution of these profound questions could unlock the secrets of existence and deliver a new age of science within several decades.


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Drawn half a millennium ago and then swiftly forgotten, one map made us see the world as we know it today... and helped name America. But, as Toby Lester has discovered, the most powerful nation on earth also owes its name to a pun.


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Europe's scientists have presented the six dream space missions they would like to fly before 2020.
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Read the stories of early space exploration from the original NASA transcripts. Now open to the public in a searchable, linkable format.
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Sir Wilfred Thesiger took nearly 40,000 photographs during his eight decades of travels throughout Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.


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I hope kids are still finding some way, despite Google and Wikipedia, of not knowing things. Learning how to transform mere ignorance into mystery, simple not knowing into wonder, is a useful skill. Because it turns out that the most important things in this life — why the universe is here instead of not, what happens to us when we die, how the people we love really feel about us — are things we’re never going to know.


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Images of the Antarctic huts used by polar explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott have been posted online as part of the latest extension to Google's Maps service.


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The US space agency has just landed a huge new robot rover on Mars. The one-tonne vehicle, known as Curiosity, was reported to have landed in a deep crater near the planet's equator.


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