Amazon, which wants to deliver packages by drone, has asked aviation regulators for permission to expand testing outside its research laboratory. 1:13

Amazon, which wants to deliver packages by drone, has asked aviation regulators for permission to expand testing outside its research laboratory. “We (...)

Nasa is to send  Google smartphones for robots to space station. Photo: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shape(...)

A high altitude balloon is released to launch a saucer-shaped test vehicle, which holds equipment for landing large payloads on Mars, at the US. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A helium balloon carrying an experimental saucer-shaped NASA spacecraft floated off a launch tower at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in(...)

Neymar: “The history of Brazil’s five world titles reveres the figure of the craque. He resolves the most complicated hours, improvises and scores decisive goals.”

And breathe Brazil! There had been no panic after the host’s unconvincing displays in its first two game of this World Cup. Frustration, preoccupation(...)

Artist’s concept of the Opals laser beaming data to Earth from the International Space Station. Image courtesy of Nasa

Updates from the International Space Station can be fascinating. And communications with the orbiting lab look set to get faster: Nasa reports it has (...)

Pádraic Flood: ‘I suggested that, for yield increases, we will need to improve the photosynthetic productivity of crops’

Plants turn light into food. So if we could get crops to do that more efficiently, we would get more food, right? So goes the thinking behind a talk b(...)

A “man in the moon” gazes down on Earth but there is no matching face on the dark far side of the moon. And scientists now believe they know the reaso(...)

Chief Executive of SpaceX Elon Musk poses with the SpaceX Dragon 2 space craft at it’s unveiling ceremony in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

A US company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit. (...)

John Rummel, co-chair of the Nasa special regions committee, Dr John Hallworth from Queen’s University, and Gerhard Kminek, head of planetary protection at the European Space Agency.

A Belfast-based expert on extreme environments for microbes is helping the US space agency Nasa to study whether Mars could become contaminated with b(...)

Born trippy: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde

One song has got to work pretty hard to link Jeremy Clarkson, Nick Clegg, the Apollo moon walk, an Olympic opening ceremony, any number of videogam(...)