The mysterious black behemoths controlling our galaxies

Scientists try to unravel the birth, growth and power of black holes, some of the most forceful yet difficult-to-detect objects in our Universe. By  ANTHONY KING It was only last year that astronomers were finally able to unveil the first pictures of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. But you … Read more

Atmosphere of excitement as Europe’s JWST astronomers study climate on other planets

The weather and climate on other planets has unusual features but planetary astronomers think JWST could potentially discover clues to help answer the fundamental question of “Where do we come from?” By  ANTHONY KING The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched on Christmas Day 2021, is already transforming our understanding of planets in our Solar System … Read more

Robot dogs take a walk on the wired side

Robots are learning to walk and work. While robot dogs are not yet man’s best friend, real autonomy and reasoning will make them useful companions in industry, search & rescue and even space exploration. But you must walk before you can run and machines are learning lessons from biology for better walking robots.   The … Read more

Observations from space help scientists get one step ahead of the tiny but deadly mosquito

Each year, nearly three-quarters of a million people die from mosquito-borne diseases, and with climate change the problem is getting worse. EU researchers are giving public health officials the tools they need to take targeted action fast.   Some of the deadliest animals have the smallest bites. It is a stark fact  that every year … Read more