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That huge Earth-skimming asteroid? We lost it

That huge Earth-skimming asteroid? We lost it

An asteroid roughly the size of three football pitches that was expected to hurtle past Earth last night has been lost by astronomers, after attempts to track 2000 EM26 during its 27,000 mph fly-by were scuppered by frozen telescopes. The space rock was on course to pass Earth at a distance of around 1.62 million miles, close enough to earn it the classification of "Near Earth Object" (NEO) though not, NASA and researchers were keen to point out, any sort of suggestion that our planet might be in danger. Unfortunately, now they can't find it again.

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Huge asteroid to whip past Earth tonight as NASA warns of space rocks

Huge asteroid to whip past Earth tonight as NASA warns of space rocks

An asteroid 885 feet across and traveling at 27,000 mph will hurtle past Earth later today, with the close - astronomically speaking - fly-by of the space rock named 2000 EM26 reignites NASA warnings into how aware we are of potentially dangerous debris near our planet. Dubbed a Near Earth Object (NEO), 2000 EM26 will pass around 0.018 AU (roughly 1.62m miles) from Earth, with astronomers insisting that the planet is under no threat; streaming video from remote-controlled telescopes will be available to track its flight.

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China’s moon rover Yuta may be dead

China’s moon rover Yuta may be dead

The public is grieving this week as China's Yuta moon rover appears to have kicked the bucket once and for all. While Space.com confirms that China's moon lander Chang'e 3 is running just fine after a brutal battle with a lunar night cycle, its closest relative Yuta seems to be down for the count.

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NIF’s nuclear fusion with a laser: 1% of the way to Green Energy

NIF’s nuclear fusion with a laser: 1% of the way to Green Energy

You'll be seeing several articles this week about how scientists have suddenly attained nuclear fusion this week for the first time - right here we're going to brief you on how that's not true. Not entirely true, anyway. With some close-up looks at the actual event and reporting - and some rather helpful simplification from Reddit user Restricteddata, we're going to break down this scientific breakthrough.

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High tech smart glasses that help doctors see cancer cells developed by researchers

High tech smart glasses that help doctors see cancer cells developed by researchers

Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the world and affects tens of thousands of people. One of the issues that surgeons and patients alike face is that when they go into surgery to remove cancerous tissues, it can be very difficult for the surgeon to get all of the cancerous tissues. Missing some of the cancer means another surgery for the patient.

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