Next solar cycle may be weakest for centuries

Sunspots could be set to disappear altogether after the next solar maximum, new studies indicate.

Solar eruption promises dramatic aurorae

Sky-watchers in high latitudes could be in for a good light show tonight, following a spectacular coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun yesterday.

British tabloid starts feud against Nintendo

Nintendo's got into a right little spat with British tabloid the Sun. Under the catchy headline "Nintendo 3DS is game for a barf", the paper claims that it's the most returned games console ever.

Founder of Java now working for Google

What kind of credentials does it take to get a job at Google nowadays?

Firm makes diesel directly from sunlight

Massachusetts biotech company Joule Unlimited says it's demonstrated a process for generating pure diesel directly from solar energy.

NASA calls off Glory launch at last minute

NASA this morning called off the launch of its Glory satellite, five minutes before takeoff. It's been postponed until tomorrow, with NASA citing unspecified technical issues.

NASA gets first 360-degree images of the sun

NASA has released the first ever 360-degree view of the sun, taken by two probes on opposite sides.

Solar eruption hits Earth today

'Citizen scientists' have discovered that a major solar storm is to hit the Earth today.

Sun's role in warming Earth may be overestimated

It's completely counter-intuitive, but it now seems that increased solar activity actually leads to cooling on Earth.

Probe to plunge into sun's atmosphere

In a project reminiscent of Prometheus' theft of fire from the gods, NASA's planning to dive into the sun and capture some of its atmosphere.

Solar observatory sends back first dramatic pictures

The new Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) could be as important to science as the Hubble Space Telescope, says NASA, as it releases its first close-up pictures of the sun.

OMG, $3 million computer market exploding

Some day, somewhere, someone will buy today's $3 million supercomputer for $19.95 and wear it on their wrist. In the meantime, we dazzle ourselves with IDC's HPC market research.

Google, Extreme Arrogance and Gaming

A few days ago Google’s CEO pronounced that that the PC would be dead in 3 years. 

ESA mulls three future missions

The European Space Agency (ESA) has picked out dark energy, habitable planets and a detailed solar survey as candidates for two missions to be launched sometime after 2017.