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BBC Science Correspondent

Controllers now banking on Philae wake-up call

bbc.co.uk — The European Space Agency (Esa) says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander. The Philae probe made its historic touchdown on the 4km-wide "icy dirtball" 67P in November, but rapidly went silent when its battery ran flat.

Cosmic inflation: Leak suggests BICEP detection was wrong

bbc.co.uk — Scientists who claimed last year to have found a pattern in the sky left by the super-rapid expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang were mistaken. The signal had been confounded by light emission from dust in our own galaxy.

Museum's 'Dippy' dinosaur makes way for blue whale

bbc.com — London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the dinosaur and moving in a blue whale. The exchange will not happen overnight: the complex logistics involved mean it will be 2017 before the great cetacean is hanging from the ceiling of the iconic Victorian Hintze Hall.

Near asteroid 2004 BL86 has a moon

bbc.com — Scientists who tracked a large asteroid passing relatively close to the Earth say it has a small satellite. The 325m-wide object, known as 2004 BL86, swept by our planet at the very safe distance of 1.2 million km on Monday, and gave researchers a good view of its shape using radar imaging.

Museum's 'Dippy' dinosaur makes way for blue whale

bbc.co.uk — London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the dinosaur and moving in a blue whale. The exchange will not happen overnight: the complex logistics involved mean it will be 2017 before the great cetacean is hanging from the ceiling of the iconic Victorian Hintze Hall.

Curiosity Mars rover back in the groove

bbc.co.uk — After some downtime to enable a software upgrade, the Curiosity rover on Mars has got straight back to work by drilling into a rock. The robot sunk the latest shallow mini-test hole in a target called Mojave2. An earlier attempt this month at the same activity resulted in a nearby slab splitting into several chunks.

Best ever view of asteroid Ceres

bbc.co.uk — The best image ever acquired of the largest asteroid in the Solar System is now in the hands of science. The 950km-wide object, known as Ceres, has been pictured at a resolution that exceeds anything seen previously by telescopes, even Hubble.

Near asteroid 2004 BL86 has a moon

bbc.co.uk — Scientists who tracked a large asteroid passing relatively close to the Earth say it has a small satellite. The 325m-wide object, known as 2004 BL86, swept by our planet at the very safe distance of 1.2 million km on Monday, and gave researchers a good view of its shape using radar imaging.

New Horizons probe eyes Pluto for historic encounter

bbc.com — The American space agency's (Nasa) mission to Pluto is about to get under way in earnest. Its New Horizons probe will take the first of a set of critical pictures on approach to the icy world on Sunday.

New Horizons probe eyes Pluto for historic encounter

bbc.co.uk — The American space agency's (Nasa) mission to Pluto is about to get under way in earnest. Its New Horizons probe will take the first of a set of critical pictures on approach to the icy world on Sunday.
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Jan 31, 2015

.@NHM_London @mayhewjames If everyone is smart, this could be a fantastic opportunity for @NHM_Dippy, to take dino engagement to a new level

Jan 30, 2015

Far away from Earth there is a dark ditch called "Abydos" - final landing spot of @Philae2014 pic.twitter.com/RymlnxK1uj

Jan 30, 2015

It's taken a while to persuade all parties but the full @Philae2014 descent sequence I first saw at #AGU14 is now out esa.int/spaceinimages/…

Jan 30, 2015

Controllers banking on @Philae2014 wake-up bbc.in/1uILdXz No more dedicated imaging searches for the probe. pic.twitter.com/KoGWVpkP0B

Jan 30, 2015

@jsdiaz_ Indeed. How many telescopes are in that image, do you think. It's the SPT right on the far end, yes?

Jan 29, 2015

@alicebell It's a great issue to discuss, just not sure its place is in an article about a few old bones.

Jan 29, 2015

@alicebell My point being merely that you imply an active thought process where there was none. But it's an interesting point you raise...

Jan 29, 2015

@alicebell Or perhaps they also recognise and celebrate great British architecture. That staircase. Wow. #waterhouse :-)

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