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Philae comet lander falls silent

360º view around the point of Philae's final touchdown. The three feet of Philae’s landing gear can be seen in some of the frames. Superimposed on top of the image is a sketch of the Philae lander in the configuration the lander team believed it was in November 2014.  Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

360º view around the point of Philae’s final touchdown. The three feet of Philae’s landing gear can be seen in some of the frames. Superimposed on top of the image is a sketch of the Philae lander in the configuration the lander team believed it was in November 2014. Image credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

The Rosetta mission team is hoping that a software patch will help re-establish reliable contact with the little Philae lander, lodged somewhere on the comet’s surface.

Intelligent life in the universe?

Image credit:  JD Hancock

Intelligent life in the universe? Phone home, dammit! Image credit: JD Hancock

If there’s really intelligent life out there, why haven’t they contacted us yet? Here are some possibilities.

Video: Moon hoax not

SG Collins explains why the Apollo moon landings on the moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s could not have been faked.

We’re not heading into mini ice age

London’s ‘frost fairs’ are a thing of the past – not the future. Image credit: Museum of London

London’s ‘frost fairs’ are a thing of the past – not the future. Image credit: Museum of London

Any drop in solar activity will be dwarfed by the impact of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

Pluto’s time to shine

Graphic showing New Horizons’ busy schedule before and during the flyby. Credit: NASA

Graphic showing New Horizons’ busy schedule before and during the flyby. Credit: NASA

Guide and timetable to this week’s exciting events as New Horizons spacecraft encounters Pluto! Countdown on NASA TV begins 7:30 EDT (11:30 UTC) Tuesday.

What the moon tells us about Earth

What can what’s on the moon tell us about our home planet? Image credit: NASA,

What can what’s on the moon tell us about our home planet? Image credit: NASA,

The moon might harbor bits of Earth that blasted off our planet billions of years ago. These lunar time capsules could hold secrets of what Earth was like as life first emerged.

Urban wildlife is here to stay

Don’t fence me in: a coyote finds Portland, Oregon a perfectly good habitat. Photo credit: automotocycle/flickr

Don’t fence me in: a coyote finds Portland, Oregon a perfectly good habitat. Photo credit: automotocycle/flickr

Cities adapt to growing ranks of coyotes, cougars and other urban wildlife

Lifeform of the week: Portuguese Man o’ War

man of war

Don’t call the Portuguese Man o’ War a jellyfish. And don’t get near its stinging tentacles, even if it’s dead.

How the parrots got its chat

Who’s a clever boy then? Photo credit: D Coetzee/Flickr

Who’s a clever boy then? Photo credit: D Coetzee/Flickr

New findings help explain how parrots, just like humans, can talk and dance.

Many of Earth’s biggest aquifers overstressed

Groundwater trends in 37 of the world's largest aquifers. Image via NASA.

Groundwater trends in 37 of the world’s largest aquifers. Image via NASA.

People around the world rely on groundwater for drinking and crop irrigation. But a new satellite data study says that many of our biggest aquifers are overstressed.