Billion-star surveyor comes into focus

ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus. This test image shows a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.

Mapping the stars of the Milky Way

With a final, modest, thruster burn yesterday afternoon, ESA’s billion-star surveyor finalised its entry into orbit around ‘L2’, a virtual point far out in space. But how do you orbit nothing? And who can show you how to get there, anyway?

Seed trailer explores the Gaia Void

I'm a big fan of science fiction films - when they are done well. And although I'm not a huge admirer of short films, the trailer for Seed looks pretty sweet indeed.

Report: Hackers targeted Google password system

The recent Chinese cyber offensive against Google may have also compromised a password system that controls access to almost all the company's web services, including e-mail and business apps.