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Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Generates Incredible Magnetic Waves

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft surprised scientists when it revealed that Jupiter’s moon Ganymede generated its own magnetic field. But new research shows Ganymede also creates incredibly powerful waves that rocket particles to enormous energies. Read More >>

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One of the World’s First Modern Physics Textbooks Just Sold For Over £610,000

Remember how you spent half your time at university complaining about how expensive textbooks were? It could’ve been much worse. A few weeks ago, a copy of Galileo’s Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations Relating to Two New Sciences sold at auction for just over £610,500. Thankfully, the text is no longer required reading. Read More >>

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Europa’s Icy Surface Looks Like Cracked Glass

This is a false-colour image of Europa, Jupiter’s fourth-largest moon, a water-covered giant with the smoothest surface in the Solar System. And yet, I could still swear I’m looking at the end result of a football going through a stained-glass window. Read More >>

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Galileo Was Even Smarter Than We Thought

Galileo is perhaps best known as the guy who proved Copernicus right about the sun sitting in the centre of our solar system. But this proof would have been impossible without the improvements Galileo made to the telescope, which allowed him to see into the world beyond our planet like never before. And it turns out that these instruments might have been more advanced than we've ever given Galileo credit for. Read More >>

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Upgraded GPS Satellite Prototype Begins Testing

Europe isn't the only one looking to deploy a next-generation satellite positioning system -- the US is at it too, upgrading the current GPS system, which we all rely on right now. The "Block III" satellites are due for blast-off around May 2014, but before being hurled into space, they have to go through rigorous testing. The first prototype is ready to be put through its paces, but will never see the void of space. Read More >>

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Galileo GPS-Replacement Safe Through 2020 After £6bn EU Cash Award

The fate of Europe's rather expensive answer to the American GPS satellite navigation system, Galileo, has been secured after a €7bn (£6bn) award from the European Union. The money will be enough to see all 30 satellites operating in orbit and pay for running costs through to 2020. Read More >>

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First Two Operational Galileo Satellites Blast Off Thursday

Will GPS be a thing of the past? The European Commission sure hopes so, as it's aiming to surplant it with its version, Galileo. The first two operational satellites will be blasting into orbit on top of a Soyuz rocket on Thursday. Read More >>